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Article | May 13, 2022

Congregation Update: The New Commandment

Blog|The Revd Greg Kimura, Ph.D. (Cantab.)

I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. …By this everyone will know that you are my disciples if you have love for one another. 
John 13:24-35  

Dear Grace Family,

Sunday’s Gospel highlights the New Commandment of Love that Jesus gives. It is a universal statement of action. It also includes an index of social validation.   

That is, not only are we told to love each other, but that others will know us as Christians if our love is manifested in action. To be authentic, we need to speak with love and act with love.  

This takes the love commandment beyond a merely spiritual understanding to a practical and social one. Grace Cathedral strives to live out the Love Commandment and to equip congregants to embody love and transform the world. With this sensibility, we look forward to several exciting events to inspire us for love-in-action.   

News regarding an apparent draft of an opinion overturning Roe v. Wade has been a great concern. As we pray in understanding and support of reproductive rights, congregants also have the opportunity to join the March for Reproductive Rights gathering at the Civic Center at 11 am, Saturday, May 14. Organized by Women’s March San Francisco. This will likely be the first of many such rallies/marches in the eventuality that the news becomes official.  

This Sunday at the 11 am Choral Eucharist, we will celebrate Ben Bachmann and his 17 years of extraordinary service to Grace Cathedral and CSB with special music. There will also be a blessing in the next journey and an opportunity to say “goodbye.”  

Speaking of music, we are delighted to announce a new Anglican Association of Musicians Gerre Hancock Organ Scholar — Christopher Pharo. See our blog post about Christopher and this prestigious position.  

We look forward to worshiping together, in-person or online and at other Grace Cathedral events, which you can find below:  

In Christ, Greg+  
The Rev. Dr. Greg Kimura Vice Dean of Grace Cathedral

P.S. This Sunday, Bay to Breakers returns along with street closures. Please consult the street closure route if you plan to visit the Cathedral.

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