Churches ring their bells in honor of the 400th anniversary of African American history and culture

Churches ring their bells in honor of the 400th anniversary of African American history and culture



Bishop Megan, the Rev. Aidan Rontani, the Rev. Anne Powell, and members of St. Peter's, Red Bluff look on as the bell is rung by Penny Metherd-Johnson on Sunday morning.




Grace, St. Helena, parishioner and artist Whitney LeBlanc, with the window he created entitled "Justice."


Presiding Bishop Michael Curry invited Episcopal churches to join the National Park Service and other institutions in remembering and honoring the first enslaved Africans who landed in English North America in 1619 by tolling their bells for one minute on Sunday, Aug. 25 at 12 p.m. Pacific time.

Several congregations in the diocese participated by ringing their bells at noon, but for Grace, St. Helena, the day was particularly special as they also celebrated the installation of a new window entitled "Justice." The window was created by parishioner and artist Whitney LeBlanc who made several of the windows at Grace, and "draws on themes of freedom from slavery," said Rev. Anne Clarke, assistant rector at Grace. Read more about the window here and about the ringing of the bell on Sunday here.

At St. Peter's, Red Bluff, the commemoration was introduced by the Rev. Aiden Rontani, Priest-in-Charge, who rang the bell first. Bishop Megan then rang the bell a few times, followed by the Rev. Anne Powell, Deacon. Finishing up the ringing was Penny Metherd-Johnson. Father Aidan wanted to have representation from each order present in the ringing of the bell.


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