Grace Church Cathedral

February 17, 2018 11:00am* (note corrected time)

The Rev. Dr. Gayle Fisher-Stewart

The Rev. Dr. Gayle Fisher-Stewart spent 20 years working as a police officer for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department, retiring with the rank of Captain in 1992. She has taught at the university level and consulted with local governments and police departments. She currently serves as the Associate Pastor at Calvary Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C., and is the founder of the Center for the Study of Faith in Justice at Calvary. The Center provides safe space for the discussion of issues that center on the intersection of faith and justice. She is also an author and her latest article, "To Serve and Protect: The Police, Race and the Episcopal Church in the Black Lives Matter Era," can be found in the Anglican Theological Review (Summer 2017)

On Sunday, February 11, at our 10:00 am service we will celebrate the life and ministry of The Rev. Absalom Jones, the first African American ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Church of the United States.
Absalom Jones was America’s first black priest. Born into slavery in Delaware at a time when slavery was being debated as immoral and undemocratic, he taught himself to read, using the New Testament as one of his resources. At the age of 16, Jones’ mother, sister, and five brothers were sold, but he was brought to Philadelphia by his master, where he attended a night school for African-Americans operated by Quakers. Upon his manumission in 1784, he served as lay minister for the black membership at St. George’s Methodist Episcopal Church with his friend, Richard Allen, and together they established the Free African Society to aid in the emancipation of slaves and to offer sustenance and spiritual support to widows, orphans, and the poor. (read more)

St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church

“If you desire to praise him, then live what you express. Live good lives, and you yourselves will be his praise.”


To grow God’s church and serve God’s people in our worship, which reflects the richness of the African American culture, and through educational and outreach programs to the community. We welcome all who wish to join us in witness to God’s love, empowerment and mercy.


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