In Latin America, the dead are remembered – and celebrated – in a unique way every year. Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) is celebrated on November 2, All Soul’s Day, with colorful, joyous altars filled with mementos and photos of the beloved to honor and remember those who have died.
Over the next weeks at Holy Communion, we will be decorating an altar in our parish lounge as we prepare to celebrate the Feast of All Saints and Dia De Los Muertos.
All are encouraged to bring a photo or other memento of a loved one who has died and place it on the altar. You are also welcome to light a candle in this special place. and take a few minutes to rest and remember all those important people who have graced our lives..
We’ll bless the “ofrenda” on All Saints Sunday, November 3 during both services. Join us that Sunday at 9:15am for an intergenerational formation activity, exploring the roots of the holiday and finishing our decorations.
On August 18, The Rev. Dr. Starsky Wilson, co-chair of the Ferguson Commission was our guest preacher at both services. Michael Brown died five years ago this past August 10. Holy Communion marked the anniversary of his death, and of the start of the movement that arose in the streets of Ferguson.
Watch the forum:
At 9:15am, between the services we held a forum with Dr. Wilson and our own Rudy Nickens, who served as the governor’s staff representative to the Ferguson Commission. We asked, “five years since the Ferguson Uprising, what has changed and what work still lies ahead?”
After discussion with MTUG leaders, we have decided the following:
We will continue to co-host the 10:00am Interfaith Service at the Pride Main Stage. It is important that affirming people of faith show up wherever the LGBTQ+ community gathers. It is important that we stand together for love and make room for religious expression that embraces LGBTQ+ folks. The service has always been independent from the parade.
As clergy members, we will join Friday in MTUG’s “Trans and Gender Free Pride March,” starting at 5:30pm at the corner of Arsenal and Oregon. We will march together to Benton Park to hear speakers from the Trans and Gender Non-Conforming (GNC) community. We invite our congregations and communities to join in this rally organized by Trans and GNC people and centered around Trans and GNC voices of color.
We will still participate in the Pride Parade, but we will endeavor to carry the spirit of the Friday march with us. We will not be entering a “float” or playing loud music, as in years past. We will walk, carrying banners and signs. Our message in the parade is two-fold. We will say clearly to the thousands who are gathered: “God loves the LGBTQ+ Community.” We will also say: “We stand with MTUG and our Trans Siblings.”
Between the Interfaith Service and the Pride Parade, all are invited to join us for lunch at Christ Church Cathedral. As we wait for the parade to step off, we will hold a discussion about continuing the work for justice and equity with LGBTQ+ people in and beyond our church communities.
Losing MTUG as a leader for this year’s Pride Parade is a real disappointment. As people of faith, we know we need to do a better job centering the voices and leadership of trans and gender-expansive folks. We are sorry not to be led on Sunday by MTUG, but we hope in the coming years to follow the organization’s lead as we work to make St. Louis a more embracing place.
For Pride month, we host a conversation about faith, gender identity, and what it means to be an ally with our trans siblings. Sayer Johnson, Director of the Metro Trans Umbrella Group will be our speaker. (MTUG has just been named the Grand Marshall of this year’s Pride Parade).
Theology on Tap seeks to create a “low pressure” environment for conversations about faith, ethics, politics, and life today. Join us and bring friends.
Friday: Rally with MTUG in the “Trans and Gender Free March” at 5:30pm
We will join Friday in MTUG’s “Trans and Gender Free Pride March,” starting at 5:30pm at the corner of Arsenal and Oregon. We will march together to Benton Park to hear speakers from the Trans and Gender Non-Conforming (GNC) community. We invite our congregations and communities to join in this rally organized by Trans and GNC people and centered around Trans and GNC voices of color.
Interfaith Worship at Pridefest at 10:00am
On Sunday June 30, the rector has declared that our principal service will be downtown. Holy Communion is joining with other congregations of many faiths in celebration of LGBTQ+ Pride. We will gather at the main stage of the Pride Festival at 10am. You can enter the mainstage area near the corner of of Pine and Tucker. Our clergy and choir will be participating alongside religious leaders and musicians from across the region. Join us for this celebration. (We will still hold two simple services at Holy Communion that Sunday at 8am and 10:30am for those who for cannot attend the service downtown, but our principal worship will be at Pride).
We are looking for a few Holy Communion-ites who can come to the Mainstage at 9:15am on Sunday to help point folks in the right direction. We’d love it if you had a Holy Communion t-shirt on. Email the rector if you can help usher!
All Hands on Deck for the March Prep!
We will meet at the church Saturday, June 29, from 5-7 p.m. to eat pizza, blow up balloons, make posters and sort our “throwables.” This will be lots of fun and give us a chance to talk through logistics for the parade and service.
After worship, we will march.
This year, following the service, we’ll have a lunch at Christ Church Cathedral (in a nice indoor, kid friendly, air-conditioned room) As the parade steps off, we’ll make our way together along the parade route to the Episcopal Church’s spot toward the back of the parade lineup.
We will endeavor to carry the spirit of the Friday march with us in Sunday’s parade. We will not be entering a “float” or playing loud music, as in years past. We will walk, carrying banners and signs. Our message in the parade is two-fold. We will say clearly to the thousands who are gathered: “God loves the LGBTQ+ Community.” We will also say: “We stand with MTUG and our Trans Siblings.”
Sunday April 8 at 5:30p. Join us for a showing of the Netflix documentary “13th.” This event is co-sponsored by the Diocesan Dismantling Racism Commission
Filmmaker Ava DuVernay explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation’s prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans. America makes up 5% of the world’s population, yet locks up 25% of the world’s prisoners. 13TH explores how we got here.
We will gather together to watch the film and snack on pizza provided by Holy Communion. The showing will wrap up with a facilitated discussion about the film. You are welcome to bring along a side salad or snack to share. You are also welcome to bring friends.
Notice: this documentary is rated PG-13 and may contain material that are disturbing to some audiences due to the subject of the film. We will have an alternative activity for younger children.