Union of Black Episcopalians

The Union of Black Episcopalians of Central PA, the Bishop Nathan Baxter Chapter, invites you to the 2018 Absalom Jones Celebration on the 17th of March. The service will begin at noon with lunch and the Absalom Jones essay contest awards to follow. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Cathedral is proud to host this special event.

Absalom Jones’ transition from a slave, brought to Philadelphia as a teenager, to becoming the charismatic community leader and respected clergyman he is known for today, is an important part of the Episcopal Church’s history. Discover why Absalom Jones left the Methodist Church and moved to the Episcopal Church, where he is recognized as the first African American priest in the Episcopal Church and the founder of Historic St. Thomas African Episcopal Church in Philadelphia.

One of the goals of our UBE chapter is to work with people of different racial and ethnic backgrounds within the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania. Through an essay contest, we are encouraging all middle school students to use the example of Absalom Jones’ life to discover ways to overcome obstacles in their own lives.

Service Details

All are welcome to join us at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Cathedral:

  • Service Date/Time: March 17, 2018, 12:00 noon to 2:30 pm.
  • Celebrant: The Rt. Rev. Audrey Scanlan, Bishop of Central Pennsylvania
  • Preacher: Rev. Betsy Ivey
  • Special guest appearance by “Absalom Jones”.
  • Questions: Contact the Rev. Brenda Taylor, Deacon, bmtaylor@att.net or (717) 877-5272.

Essay Contest