Speaking the Truth in Love

A Sermon Preached on The Feast of Blessed Absalom Jones

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Each year on a Saturday close to February 13, the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Pennsylvania celebrates the Feast of Absalom Jones, the first person of African heritage ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church. On February 12, 2011 those present in the Philadelphia Cathedral at that celebration were privileged to hear The Rev. Paula Lawrence-Wehmiller preach the sermon published in this book.

A gifted storyteller, Paula’s engaging and deeply moving style speaks from her lifetime experiences in her own cultural circumstance, communicating their essence and very personally touching the lives of each one of us by causing us to revisit and reach into our own unique background. As she speaks we are able to relive our experiences and find in them new depth that provides sustenance for our own part of the journey.