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Monthly Sunday Forum and Compline
February 23 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Beginning in February, St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church and Pro-Cathedral will host a new “Sunday Forum” series. The one-hour event begins at 5:30 pm on the last Sunday of the month. The first Sunday Forum is “Race and Reparations” a Black History Month event on Sunday, February 23, featuring guest facilitator Cynthia Copeland. Ms. Copeland is an educator and public historian and co-chair of the Committee on Reparations in the Episcopal Diocese of New York. The committee was established over a decade ago to consider the benefits the Episcopal Church has derived from the institution of slavery and collect, through documentation and storytelling, information on historical and present-day privilege and under-privilege in order to discern a process toward restorative justice. Upcoming Sunday Forum presentations include “Suffrage and Women’s Power” (March 29), Creation Care and Climate Justice (April 26), and Migration, Asylum and Accompaniment (May 31). Speakers for these events are not yet confirmed.
The Sunday Forum will be followed by Compline at 7:00 pm, a contemplative service led by a choir. Carl Adair, a second year seminarian at the Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary who is sponsored by All Saints’ Church in Park Slope, is a musician who designed the service. Carl extends this invitation: “Compline is an ancient Christian practice of ending the day in simple chanted prayer and song. At St. Ann & the Holy Trinity, we’re experimenting with this ancient source of spiritual solace and nourishment. Our lives are hectic, non-stop. Amidst the urgent work and witness for justice in our city and our nation, we need time for stillness and rest. All are welcome for this simple, contemplative service: no participation is required. Come as you are, and let the ancient melodies and resonant prayers of Compline wash over you.” Please mark your calendars, spread the word, and join us!