The Episcopal Diocese of Long Island invites you to celebrate Juneteenth, commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.
The Very Rev. Canon Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, Dean of The Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary, will honor the life ministry of The Rt. Rev. Barbara C. Harris at the Juneteenth Jubilee. The Episcopal Diocese of Long Island recently launched The Barbara C. Harris Scholars Program for Truth and Reparations in the memory of The Rt. Rev. Barbara Clementine Harris, the first woman consecrated as a bishop in the Anglican Communion. The Scholars Program aims to promote equity in education by providing financial assistance to descendants of enslaved Africans in the United States.
The inaugural class of scholars will be presented by The Rt. Rev. Lawrence Provenzano. The diocese will also present a gift of $10,000 to both Voorhees College and St. Augustine College, the two Historically Black Colleges and Universities founded by The Episcopal Church.
Bishop Provenzano will lead a Prayer of Lament during the Juneteenth Jubilee, as the Church acknowledges its role in slavery in the United States. The Episcopal Diocese of Long Island will reaffirm its commitment to become a “transformed, anti-racist church.” As a Beloved Community of God, the Church is committed to Telling the Truth, Proclaiming the Dream, Practicing the Way of Love, and Repairing the Breach.