A Saint Once Among Us: Absalom Jones

Quarterly, the St. James Racial Justice and Reconciliation Commission will spotlight an individual recognized in the Episcopal Church’s Lesser Feasts and Fasts who also represents cultural, gender, or ethnic diversity. The following is summarized from a biography presented to the General Convention of the Episcopal Church in 2022. Absalom Jones was born enslaved to a […]

60th Anniversary of “I Have a Dream”

“I Have a Dream” is a public speech that was delivered by American civil rights activist and Baptist minister Martin Luther King Jr. during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963. In the speech, King called for civil and economic rights and an end to racism in the United States. […]

Story Quilts June 11th

Hear the tales told in the Story Quilts made by fiber artist and storyteller Vanessa Johnson. Griot Vanessa Johnson, fiber artist, activist and storyteller in the West African tradition, will present “Loving Neighbors” beginning at noon, June 11, 2023, at St. James Episcopal Church, Skaneateles, N.Y. Johnson’s story-tell will highlight the dedication and celebration of […]

March 26 – Guest Preacher Elder Melody Smith-Johnson & Black Celestial Choral Ensemble

Melody R. Smith Johnson is a tenacious catalyst for change. Melody is an entrepreneur, ordained minister, servant leader, social activist, mentor, and a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother. The only daughter of the late Pastor Beverly L. Smith-Crafton, a renowned Harlem-based Pastor, professor, trailblazer and General in the Gospel of Jesus Christ; Elder Melody served […]

March 12 – Dr. Philip Arnold & Sandy Bigtree on the Doctrine of Discovery

A little about the presenters: Sandy Bigtree, Bear Clan, is a citizen of the Mohawk Nation at Akwesasne. She is board member of the Indigenous Values Initiative; co-edited the Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation (NOON) educational booklet; and was an original Planning Committee member of Skä•noñh—Great Law of Peace Center. In 1984-85 she worked for […]

March 5 – Guest Preacher The Rev. Alicia Dixon-Garrard

The Rev. Alicia Dixon-Garrard will be the guest preacher at St. James on March 5 for all services. Rev. Alicia Dixon is a pastor and church planter. She is a native New Yorker from Westchester County, and came to the Binghamton area to attend Binghamton University in 1993. Her first Master’s degree is in U.S. History […]

CNY Jazz Black History Month Cabaret

Did You Know: A great way to celebrate Black History Month is to support and enjoy CNY Jazz Black History Month Caberet. On Sunday, February 26th at 5:00 pm at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown’s Finger Lakes Ballroom there will be a concert with performances by Althea Rene and Jeanette Harris. Also, George Kilpatrick who is […]

Indigenous Owned Businesses for Gift-Giving

Did You Know? Last year I highlighted some Indigenous Owned Businesses, here are some more great businesses for your holiday shopping needs that support Indigenous people.  Bedré – Bedré Fine Chocolate is owned and operated by the Chicksaw Nation. Each delectable product is a reminder of Native American peoples who first cultivated the cacao bean […]

Monthly Racial Justice Zoom Discussion

November 10th 7-8PM The discussion topic will focus on the film called “13th” from director Ava DuVernay, This film is a2016 Netflix original documentary that will expertly walk you through how slavery-supposedly abolished by the 13th Amendment to the Constitution-has been carried on in the U.S. through the prison system. Thefilm 13th is available on Netflix and also on […]