Truth and Reconciliation

Annual Trail of Souls Event 2020

If you missed our Annual Trail of Souls Event, please take time to watch. We heard from Keenan Keller, Senior Counsel of the House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary who has done extensive work on bill HR 40, and from from Baltimore native Kondwani Fidel to discuss his book The Antiracist: How to Start the Conversation about Race and Take Action.

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From the Archives: St. Philip’s Church, Cumberland, Part II

On January 21, 1966, Paul Holland wrote to William Wilson of Emmanuel’s vestry, “Our records indicate that the deed for St. Philip’s church property on Smallwood Street and a small trust fund are held by Emmanuel Church, in trust for St. Philip’s and that Emmanuel has no financial interest therein. The time is approaching when full integration of St. Philip’s and Holy Cross will come about.

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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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From the Archives: St. Philip’s Church, Cumberland, Part I

In his 1892 parochial report detailing the events of 1891, the Rev. Clarence Buel, rector of Emmanuel Church, Cumberland, and a native of New York, noted the opening of a mission in south Cumberland, called the Memorial House of the Holy Cross, built in memory of Estelle Taylor Perry by her three children. He also added, “In addition to this work, the Rector has undertaken special services with the Colored people of the Parish and is greatly encouraged by the interest which has been aroused. Indeed, there is every reason to believe that it will result in the erection of a Chapel for the special use of the Colored people.”

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