St. Margaret’s takes unusually somber approach to All Saints’ Day, honoring the nation’s crisis

For several years, St. Margaret’s Church of Annapolis has held All Saints services joyously with a good, old-fashioned Dixieland Mass, singing songs like “Shall We Gather at the River” and “When the Saints Go Marching In” led by a Dixieland group of musicians in the style of a New Orleans funeral. But this year was different. With more than 230,000 U.S. deaths from COVID-19 and more cases diagnosed every minute, it was hard to imagine a service celebrating “going home” that did not acknowledge the ongoing crisis.

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Bishop Sutton’s Address to the 236th Diocesan Convention

I am so proud of this Church for committing some of its financial resources to building up impoverished black communities. Is it going to hurt us? Yes, and it ought to. It’s in recognition of our collective complicity in contributing to that impoverishment.  I had nothing to do with enslaving persons. “I’m not guilty of that, but I have a responsibility. I didn’t have anything to do with the wiping out of the first peoples, Native Americans, but it’s left to me and my generation to do something about that.

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