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Our Choir of Men and Boys will sing the national anthem and cheer on the Giants!

Choir of Men and Boys at Oracle Park

Tuesday, September 24

Our Choir of Men and Boys will sing the national anthem and cheer on the Giants!

Explore the theology of the Eucharist in this new adult formation series

Praying on the Way: Finding God in Sunday Worship and Beyond

Thursday, September 26

Explore the theology of the Eucharist in this new adult formation series

A one-of-a-kind live musical performance and meditation experience

Flow Piano Sound Bath for World Water Day

Friday, September 27

A one-of-a-kind live musical performance and meditation experience

The rebel entrepreneur hotelier, Airbnb mentor and bestselling author on age and ageism in the modern workplace. 

The Forum with Chip Conley

Sunday, September 29

The rebel entrepreneur hotelier, Airbnb mentor and bestselling author on age and ageism in the modern workplace. 
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Experience one of the most beautiful and prayerful liturgies in the Anglican tradition.

Thursday Evensong

Thursday, October 3

Experience one of the most beautiful and prayerful liturgies in the Anglican tradition.

Join us to explore Jaroslav Pelikan's Jesus Through the Centuries

Book Study: Jesus Through the Centuries

Sunday, October 6

Join us to explore Jaroslav Pelikan's Jesus Through the Centuries

Listen to Featured Sermons

Sunday, September 22
Sunday 11 a.m. Sermon
Preacher: The Very Rev. Dr. Malcolm C. Young
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The Very Rev. Dr. Malcolm C. Young’s sermon manuscript will be available soon.

Thursday, September 19
Dancing with All Our Might
Preacher: The Very Rev. Dr. Malcolm C. Young
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“Then the prophet Miriam… took a tambourine in her hand and all the women went out after her with tambourines and with dancing. And Miriam sang to them (Ex. 15).

We called our second floor Cambridge apartment Happy Woods. The light filtered in through the canopy of the oak trees and friends were always around. I was a stay-at-home dad during our son Micah’s toddler years. Through hot summers and snowy winters the two of us would check outCuban dance music from the local library, come home and dance with all our might. I can imagine heaven must be a little like that with Tito Puente, Ibrahim Ferrer, Buena Vista Social Club, and the people I love, we will all be dancing with all our might.

Dancing made our children love weddings – and we went to a lot of them. Then in elementary school at basketball practice one of Micah’s teammates told him that dancing was for girls. I was so proud of our son for speaking right up about the beauty and joy of dancing for all people.

I didn’t realize it but “dancing with all their might” is how the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible describes the way that King David and all of Israel danced when they brought home the Ark of the Covenant. When Michal daughter of Saul saw King David dancing, “she despised him in her heart” (2 Sam. 6:16). She thought dancing demeaned him in the eyes of others (particularly “the servants’ maids”).

Dancing and opposition to it are more ancient than the Bible. When the people of God escaped from slavery in Egypt they couldn’t contain themselves. They danced with all of their might. The psalmist sings about praising God’s name with dancing (Ps. 149). In the story of the Prodigal Son the bitterness of the elder brother is magnified when he is coming in from the fields and hears the music and the dancing.

I think that despising dancing is a way that we hate ourselves. It is how we reject the joy that lies at the heart of our being. Today we honor the ministry of Alonzo King and LINES Ballet. Frankly it is in large part because their work brings us closer to God and to the gratitude and joy that we were created by God to share.

This year as our Artist in Residence Alonzo has become a kind of spiritual teacher for me. He has taught me that music, movement and light are the most primary way we experience creation and respond to it. He has shown me how physical gestures are often more profound than words, that what we do with our body has a fundamental effect on our spirit.

When Alonzo says, “my real work is the transformation of the self,” he says this as a dance teacher in the deepest sense of the word – as someone who teaches us how to in his words “move through the world.” Dance helps us to pay attention to that transformation. The movements of dancing make us who we are. They are one way our body becomes an instrument for discerning the truth.

On your way out have a closer look at the largest figure in the stained glass window of the North Transept. That is David and although he carries a large gold harp, don’t forget that he is a dancer. As you go your way say a prayer for Alonzo King and LINES Ballet. They are teaching the world to dance with all our might.

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Dreams + Priorities

The Year of the Body

Above the Fog

Grace Cathedral has a new strategic plan that will guide us for the next three years.

The plan focuses on widening the cathedral’s digital presence, implementing creative ways to fundraise and extending our impact in operations with a special environmental focus.

Our 2019 theme is the body.

Every year Grace Cathedral chooses a theme to unify and inspire our community to improve their lives and the world. Our 2019 theme is the body. Join us in exploring this theme through worship, the arts, social justice and more.

Listen to the first season of our new podcast!

Above the Fog is the podcast series from Grace Cathedral that shares the city’s stories with a new lens. Your guides will be the city’s artists, thinkers and doers together with cathedral voices who will inspire you with what’s meaningful about life.

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