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I will sing a new song. (Ps 40)

The Psalmist this Sunday speaks of patience in the Lord being rewarded. God lifts the lowly up “out of the mire and clay,” sets “feet on rock,” and makes “footsteps firm.” The response to this delivery? A new song of praise out of the mouths of the delivered.

So much of our worship, our giving thanks, is in the form of song. We sing our praises to God. If, in the beginning was the Word, then the second moment was to sing the word. God lifts us — and the gift of music likewise raises our spirits.

I was reminded of that Thursday, when four CSB choristers were “invested” with their albs. I had a front-row seat and could see their joy in this rite of passage and the pride of their parents. What a wonderful moment, and what a gift of the song they share with us all!

We are so fortunate at Grace Cathedral to have the traditional choirs, a new mixed-voice choir, contemporary music at the Vine, and the voices of the congregation singing together. We experience the wonderful organ, piano, and other instruments, so lovingly played by the music department. It reminds us of the Psalmist’s eternal truth: the only appropriate response to blessings is to give thanks, in its highest form, by song. 

We have many things happening at Grace on any given week. This week is no exception. At 10:30 am, between the services, we will experience a new type of singing for us: Bobby McFerrin’s Circlesongs. This will be the first of the new year, and you are warmly invited to participate. (Also, a big congratulations to Bobby, who will receive a Grammy 2023 Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award in February– we all celebrate with you on this rare and richly deserved honor!)

At 1 pm, our youth group and other youth from the Bay Area will participate in a teach-in and art workshop about ending slavery for good. Grace Cathedral is part of a broad national coalition calling for an end to the “exception clause” in the 13th Amendment that allows involuntary servitude, or forced labor, to continue in prisons. This teach-in will be led by gifted artists and facilitators Akeil Robertson-Jowers and Phoebe Bachman of Mural Arts Philadelphia, the nation’s largest public art organization. Akeil and Phoebe are facilitating teach-ins across the country to raise awareness about ending the exception in the 13th Amendment. Youth will create a piece of art in response to what they learn that will be on permanent display at the cathedral. 

At 3 pm, join us for a special Interfaith Service to celebrate the life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.. Also, during the MLK, Jr. Holiday on Monday, we will be playing his inspiring 1965 sermon at Grace Cathedral on a loop; come and visit us! 

Final call for the final Grace Cathedral pilgrimage led by the Rev. Canon Mark Stanger. For two decades, our congregation members and others have followed the star of wonder to experience Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Nazareth, and other places from the life of Jesus. We travel together for a transformative journey that includes Pentecost in Jerusalem! 2023 Holy Land Pilgrimage. Learn more about the spiritual beauty of bible land pilgrimage.

Last but not least, please mark your calendars for the annual congregational meeting on January 29.

We look forward to seeing you Sunday, in person or virtually, and singing in joy together!

Greetings this Christmas from Grace Cathedral.

We look forward to celebrating the birth of Christ Jesus with you, joining in-person or online.

Four services are held on December 24: 11 am Bishop’s Christmas Pageant, 4 pm Christmas Lessons & Carols, 7:30 pm Christmas Eve Choral Eucharist, and the 11 pm “Midnight Mass” with Choir and Orchestra preceded by a Carol Prelude at 10:30 pm. You may also access services on the Grace Cathedral Youtube channel and website at any time.

Because of the increasing levels of infection (Covid, RSV, flu) across the Diocese and the stress on the hospital system, we are respectfully requesting that everyone entering Grace Cathedral mask, stay up-to-date on vaccines, or stay home if you are not feeling well (please join us online, though)!

From 6:30-9:30 pm now through January 2, visit Grace Cathedral for Projecting Grace, a glorious multimedia event projecting imagery on the cathedral’s facade. Spearheaded by Bishop Marc Andrus, the light show includes a soundtrack of seasonal favorites by the Grace Cathedral Music Department from now and years past.
With the Christmas tree and light decorations in Huntington Park, the cathedral corner of Nob Hill is both welcoming visitors to the neighborhood and becoming a holiday tradition.

During the holiday season especially, our faith tradition reaches out to those who are struggling. I want to highlight some of the recent outreach and social action ministry in this area. Led by Community Preschool director Loren Smith; Children, Youth, and Family associate Dr. Steph McNally; and the Congregation Council, we put together a remarkably successful Holiday toy, clothing, food, and hygiene supplies drive. Working with our Glide and Bayview Mission partners, items were wrapped and distributed to hundreds of individuals and families locally and around the city. Learn more in our blog!

This time of the year, we thank the many hands that make all the services and activities at Grace Cathedral possible. For all the congregants, trustees, and staff who are working so diligently in this busy time, a big kudos and thank you. Your efforts are more than mere work; they are the ministry that allows the Good News of Christ’s birth to ring out around the city and Diocese! If you would like to support the numerous ministries here, you can always text “GRACE” to “78276”.

Finally, as we celebrate Christ’s coming into the world and the change from 2022 to 2023, everyone at Grace Cathedral wishes you a happy Christmas and many blessings in the new year. The clergy and staff look forward to seeing you in 2023.

Merry Christmas!

Dear friends,

Thanksgiving is its own form of a moveable feast. By that, I mean that the meaning of Thanksgiving and how it is celebrated is evolving.

We have grown beyond the traditional image of pilgrims and Indians eating peaceably together, sanctifying what would become a future European conquest.

Nowadays, it has become a celebration of the earth’s bounty and our stewardship of it. It is also deeply identified with family and loved ones being thankful at the table.

In my family growing up, Thanksgiving was when great uncle George closed his Japanese restaurant for business and opened it to family and friends. The chef cooked a turkey. Everyone else — which meant practically the entire Japanese American community in Anchorage — brought heaping dishes of food. Sushi and sashimi, baked salmon, halibut, shrimp, gyoza, fried rice. Jello molds, banana creme pies, and upside-down pineapple cake, too.

Uncle George also opened the bar. The kids drank Roy Rodgers and Shirley Temples with little umbrellas while the adults… drank whatever they were drinking.

Everyone was happy. People laughed heartily. Crooner music played.

At some point after dessert, the playing cards came out. Adults gathered around tables for poker and blackjack. Grandmother even put on a bingo game for the kids. We all won, usually a box of rice paper candy.

I remember those Thanksgivings as magical. Thanksgiving dinner meant Japanese food. It meant seeing cousins you hadn’t seen in a long time. It meant syrupy drinks with umbrellas. It meant prizes.

Behind it all, I remember uncle George, family patriarch, and son of immigrants, who “made it.” He beamed with pride, sharing his restaurant with family and friends, a glass of scotch in one hand, a cigar in the other.

And we were proud of him.

Uncle George passed away two decades ago. Long before that, the restaurant closed. Kids grew up and moved away.

Though I am grown now, those memories will always embody Thanksgiving to me. I am thankful for them. I am thankful for uncle George and his generation. What they accomplished. What they passed on. How they wanted us all to be a part of it.

However you understand Thanksgiving, celebrated alone or with whomever you consider family, I wish you a happy one. Whatever foods mean Thanksgiving to you, turkey, sushi, vegan loaf, I hope you eat your fill. And I hope your Thanksgiving is filled with blessed experiences and future memories to cherish.

Many thanks,

The Rev. Greg Kimura, Ph.D. (Cantab.)
Vice Dean

Earlier this week, the US Supreme Court heard arguments in two cases challenging the practice of race-conscious affirmative action in university admissions. US universities are the envy of the world in part because their student populations reflect the rich diversity of the society and world in which we live. US universities have created this environment in part through the policies being challenged.

Grace Cathedral supports the efforts of US institutions of higher learning to ensure all of God’s people are fairly and equitably represented in their student populations. We join with faith communities and civil rights groups across the nation in calling for race-conscious affirmative action to remain one of many tools in university admissions.

We also join the Japanese American Citizens’ League, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, and many other leading Asian American groups in decrying the false argument that these policies disadvantage Asian Americans and others. We denounce this notion as a fallacy designed to divide students and all Americans against each other.

Dear Grace Cathedral Family,

Folks around the Diocese gathered for Clergy Retreat at Bishop’s Ranch this week. We spent time in prayer and learning, especially about Franciscan spirituality, with Bishop Marc. It was an opportunity to meet many of the leaders from the churches in our Diocese — and the first time I had been at the campus in beautiful Healdsburg. It was an experience I will never forget.

This meant that for Grace Cathedral, much of the three-day work was in the capable hands of staff. They have had to carry an extra burden lately, and I want to recognize their extraordinary efforts and excellence in what they do.

Speaking of Francis, this Sunday, we will celebrate the Feast of St. Francis, our city’s patron, with the Blessing of the Animals. You are all invited to bring your pets to church to be blessed after each service, and we offer special photo opportunity on the plaza after the 11 am service.

2022 Artist in Residence Mingwei Lee and Dean Malcolm Young with being in conversation at The Forum, from 9:30-10:30 am; this kicks off a host of activities leading up to Mingwei’s installation Our Labyrinth For Grace, noon-midnight, Saturday, October 8. Learn more here:

These Artist-in-Residence activities by a world-renowned figure like Mingwei are a great reason to join Grace Cathedral as a Cultural Membership. What does it mean to be a Cultural Member? If you believe in the social mission, enjoy world-class art, love programming like The Forum, yoga, and sound bath… and perhaps see yourself as more of a “seeker” than into “church,” Cultural Membership is for you! You support the institution and its values, receive discounts and early bird opportunities, and help us to continue this exciting programming vision.

Finally, we are starting an Inquirers Class 12:30-1:30 pm, Sunday, October 16, continuing for six Sundays after the 11 am service. Think of it as Episcopal 101, Grace Cathedral-style. The classes will be team-led by clergy staff and graduates of Grace’s Education for Ministry program. For more info, contact Roberta Sautter at nixile@earthlink.net or me at gregk@gracecathedral.org.

Peace,
Greg

The Revd Greg Kimura, Ph.D. (Cantab.)
Vice Dean

Dear Friends,

I’d like to thank everyone for helping make last week’s Congregation Sunday a success! The morning began with a Town Hall led by Dean Young, with results of the Congregation Survey shared by Canon for Marketing and Communications Eva Woo Slavitt. After the service, the Congregation Council outdid themselves with a superlative ministry fair on the Plaza, including delicious refreshments. Kudos to Lisa Wong, Moira Dowell, and the entire CC team!

Thank you also to the Grace Cathedral Youth Group and Associate for Children, Youth, and Family Ministry Associate Dr. Steph McNally – the Congregation Sunday fundraiser success goes a long way to send our youth on their 2023 Civil Rights Heritage Pilgrimage.

We have placed a Book of Remembrance in honor of Queen Elizabeth II at the Visitor Services desk. Please share your thoughts, thanksgivings, and prayers. The book will be delivered to the Consulate General of the UK in San Francisco and then conveyed with books from around the world to Buckingham Palace. FYI, Consul General Joe White and Deputy Consul Tammy Sandhu joined Bishop Marc Andrus and Dean Malcolm Young at last night’s Evensong to remember Queen Elizabeth II and pray together. On Monday, we will be replaying the Queen’s funeral during Grace Cathedral’s opening hours. All are invited to visit and watch and observe this historic event.

Join us for Stewardship Sunday this week as we kick off the season of pledging support to our spiritual home. Stewardship is a cherished practice of the Episcopal Church and helps us connect our lives to the mission of Grace Cathedral. Our stewardship theme of 100% GRACE signifies that together, we support our magnificent cathedral and our community. Our tagline this year is Hearts Connected, reflecting the love we have for each other and our neighbors. By making your 2023 stewardship pledge now, you’ll help us plan for the coming year.

A big shout-out and thank you to the Choir Guild families hosting coffee hour this Sunday!

Finally, after the 11 am service, you are welcome to stay for a free screening of the documentary GIFT, which features several of Lee’s inimitable projects and get to know his work before his residency. It will be followed by a discussion between Dean Malcolm Clemens Young and the director, Robin Siobhan McKenna.

In Christ,
Greg+

The Rev. Dr. Greg Kimura
Vice Dean of Grace Cathedral

P.S. Yoga For Change: Next Saturday, join us for an uplifting morning of yoga at 10 am. Save your spot today and help The Community Preschool provide accessible, equitable, and high-quality early childhood education for all. Tickets are on sale now.

Greetings, 

I write this Congregation Update just after returning from a Grace Cathedral mission to the border. Eight folks were able to visit shelters and early learning centers in Tijuana and environs, including what is probably the largest current shelter (1,700 people) for asylum-seeking Central American, Indigenous Mexican, and Haitian families.

Although the media have largely forgotten the migrant crisis at our southern border, the conditions causing it and the thousands of souls in peril remain. The visit was led by CEO Lindsay Weissart and Glenda Linares of PILA Global, a UNESCO-supported nonprofit establishing early learning centers next to migrant shelters. They provide the highest-quality education and emotional support to some of the most traumatized young folks at the most vulnerable time in learning development.  One of the many things I love about PILA is that their classrooms, even in developing world environments, are set up just like they would be in a place like San Francisco. They believe education is a fundamental right — and the critical piece missing in support for refugee and asylum-seeking families. We’ll give folks who went on the Grace mission to the border a chance to share what we saw. Suffice it to say for now that it was a transformative visit for those who attended.

Special events coming in the next few weeks:

  • The school year is kicking off for the Cathedral School for Boys. Please join us for the Choir Investiture at Evensong on Thursday, September 1, at 5:30 pm.
  • Mark your calendar for Thursday, September 8. Honorary canons will be installed at Evensong.
  • The annual Grace Cathedral Town Hall meeting will occur on Sunday, September 11, at 9:30 am, between the morning services. Dean Malcolm Clemens Young will share data from the recently completed congregational survey, amongst other things.
  • After the 11 am Choral Eucharist on the same day, September 11, we will hold Congregation Sunday. Booths will be set up on the plaza to advertise and share all the different ministries at Grace Cathedral and various ways to get involved. A very big “thank you” to the Congregation Council for organizing and staffing this event.

In Christ,
Greg+

The Rev. Dr. Greg Kimura
Vice Dean of Grace Cathedral

“Lord, teach us to pray…”Lk 11:1 

Dear friends,

This Sunday’s Gospel begins with Luke’s version of the Lord’s Prayer (a pared-down version of the more familiar one in Matthew). A disciple, unnamed, asks Jesus to teach them to pray in the manner that John the Baptist did with his followers. So Jesus does… and we’ve been praying it ever since, including every Sunday as part of the Eucharist! 

How are we to pray to God? How do you pray?  

This scripture reminds us that even with the prayer form he gives us, sometimes we search for the right way. Or the right words. Occasionally, we don’t know. Sometimes, the words don’t come. At times like this, I’m drawn to Paul’s observation in Romans 8:26. When we cannot find the words, when we do not know what to say, the “Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.”  

I love this phrase. In the gap between our feeling and knowing, the Holy Spirit fills the space, bridging the distance between God and ourselves. 

A few announcements:

Backpacks for Bayview Mission: The Congregation Council and Youth Group will be purchasing, filling up, and distributing backpacks to students in need at Bayview Mission. Backpacks will be blessed at the 11 am, August 13 service and packed by members of the congregation and the youth group afterward. Please visit the wishlist for supplies. 

Immigration reform and humane treatment of migrants: I’ll lead a couple of day trips across the border to see the situation on the ground and connect with a couple of nonprofits serving migrants and asylum-seekers. If you are interested in learning more or attending, please contact me. Learn more in a recent KQED story on one of the groups.  

Sunday, July 24, Coffee Hour after 11 am service: The Congregation Council hosts the fourth Sunday coffee hour, an informal social hour for and about our Grace congregation and community. This month, we will co-host with Women in Community and other collaborators. Please join us as we welcome Malcolm and Heidi back home from their tour of European cathedrals, along with all Grace congregants, community members, and visitors. The pleasure of your company is requested — the coffee hour is about you and Grace.

Special announcement from Bishop Marc: Marc gathered the diocese for noonday prayer. He then shared his plans for retirement in July 2024, and the timeline for the election of a new Bishop of California. Bishop Marc was joined by the President of the Standing Committee, the Rev. Dr. Deborah White; the role of the Standing Committee includes the election of a new bishop.

In Christ,
Greg+

The Rev. Dr. Greg Kimura
Vice Dean of Grace Cathedral

P.S. SF Marathon occurs this Sunday and many streets will be closed. To plan ahead, please view the map here.

The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Pray to the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into the harvest.
Luke 10:2

The mixed, mainly alarming, decisions coming from SCOTUS remind us how much more we as citizens have to do, in the words of the U.S. Constitution preamble, “to form a more perfect union.” This awareness is punctuated by the recent testimony before the January 6 Committee, reminding us of that disastrous day we all watched. 

These things have been on my mind as we approach the 246th birthday of our democratic republic. Sometimes I wonder: will we make it to the Semiquincentennial — the 250th — in 2026?

The words from this Sunday’s Gospel ring clear this 4th of July. The work is plentiful; those working for the kingdom are few. Pray for God to anoint more change agents, as he did in the Gospel. 

For Jesus, as for us today in the U.S., there was a sense of urgency, of a mission to build a better world. Jesus commissioned 70 (in some translations 72) followers to do the work. He sent them out in pairs. He told them to travel lightly, rely on the goodwill of others, shake the dust off their sandals and move on if the good news is not received.

This is practical advice I take when it comes to fixing America. 

Gather the committed group of believers in the rule of law, checks and balances, equality and justice, in the right to vote, in fair play, and freedom of choice. Search and find more of a like mind. Don’t go it alone — lean on each other because we need each other. Stay focused. Don’t waste time on those who don’t want to engage in constructive, civil dialogue. (They have opted out and, in Jesus’ words in Luke, time is too short to waste).

Always have hope. 

I remember hearing the late Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii call America the greatest nation on earth. This was a man who, while family members were incarcerated as enemies in their own country, fought for America in Europe in the segregated 442/100 “Go for Broke” Regimental Combat Team. He lost his arm fighting for the love of a country that didn’t love him back. When he returned to the States, a barber refused to cut his hair because of his ethnicity. He was dressed in his Army uniform. 
Yet, Sen. Inouye lived to see the U.S. Government apologize for the Japanese American incarceration. He wasn’t bitter. He was proud of America. He loved it and fought for it.

“What makes America truly great,” he said, “if that when it makes mistakes, it can say sorry. It can learn from those mistakes. It can work to do better in the future.” 

In this current climate, despite all the controversy and loss of rights (and potential loss of more), I believe that Sen. Inouye’s words remain true. America is still the greatest nation on earth.  

Keeping it that way requires immense work. That work requires laborers. This Independence Day, my model is that of the calling of the 70. I hope that God will give us the strength to persevere. And my 4th of July prayer is that God sends more laborers into the harvest.

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

Dear Friends,

Last Wednesday evening was the annual Singalong Pride Mass. Almost 200 folks joined for a joyful celebration of identity and solidarity. There was dancing, singing, and a final benediction with confetti falling like snow in the nave! A big kudos to the Rev. Canon Jude Harmon, who organized it, and the Rev. Canon Anna Rossi, who presided. 

During fellowship afterward, I was able to speak with congregants and many visitors. They shared appreciation for the message of inclusion and the real embracing of difference at Grace Cathedral. Not only the words but the actions, expressed in the presence of homilist the Revd Dr. Cameron Partridge. 

We live in challenging times in the U.S. and the world. Many of the rights so hard-fought for and won seem challenged. States are passing rules prohibiting even mentioning the word “gay” to children. School districts are revising curricula to exclude the full history of the U.S. and its diverse citizens. 

Celebrating the Pride Mass at Grace Cathedral is a wonderful way to stand up for the theological right in the face of the politically expedient. As a recent addition to the staff, I can say that this has been a hallmark of Grace Cathedral and for which it is renowned as a national leader. Other Episcopal churches — and mainline Christianity in general — look to the prophetic witness of Grace Cathedral. The Pride Mass is an example of that, and that prophetic witness can be joyful. 

In this way, the Pride Mass here is not an exception but the rule. It is a particular commemoration of a continuing Gospel message of Christ’s loving embrace of all. That is lived out daily at Grace Cathedral — and by its congregants worldwide.

Those who could attend the first TILT in-person gathering will tell you it was something special. Celebrating the life and work of Grace Cathedral friend Paul Crane Dorfman — and held on the Summer solstice — it included video music vignettes from NYC, New Zealand, Norway, and Maine. In Grace Cathedral, we had three musicians from SF Opera give a private concert and take questions at the end. You will not want to miss it next year. Thank you to all the sponsors and the many trustees and supporters who made this event possible. 

We are launching the Grace Cathedral Cultural Membership program. Here is the blog post by Dean Malcolm Young about this meaningful new way to connect.

Today, we learned that the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. Many were anticipating this eventuality with the leaked draft last month. While we are processing the news and considering the following steps, it is essential to remember that the Episcopal Church has unambiguously and vigorously supported the rights of women to access reproductive health, including safe and legal abortions. Here is a summary of General Convention resolutions to that effect.

This decision is a trauma. Taking away a recognized constitutional right of woman’s autonomy of choice over reproductive health has left us bereft, tearful, fearful, and angry. This is a reminder that the road to restoring justice is long. We need to double down on compassion, civility, and self-care. All the spiritual practices that lift us in times of struggle are vital right now. We will only be effective in changing hearts if we speak from the heart, with gravitas. We will only create social change by acting from the same place. We need to support each other, those organizations like Grace Cathedral that protect our rights, and we need to vote.

O God, you have bound us together in a common life. 
Help us, in the midst of our struggles for justice and truth, to confront one another without hatred or bitterness, and to work together with mutual forbearance and respect; through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

(BCP 824)

Join us this Sunday after the 11 am Eucharist, we will be tolling the bells 49 times to symbolize the 49 years from which reproductive rights were protected.

In Christ,
Greg+

The Rev. Dr. Greg Kimura
Vice Dean of Grace Cathedral

P.S. As part of End Slavery for Good, we are watching the developments closely with ACA 3 in the CA legislature and invite you to join a Zoom meeting on Tuesday, June 28 at 6:15 pm to learn what you can do to help the legislature meet its June 30 deadline.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. 
John 14:27 

Dear Grace Family,            

This Sunday’s Gospel from John reminds us that, although Jesus has ascended into heaven, he leaves us with the presence of the Holy Spirit. He also gives us peace.

We live in a tumultuous world. Life is frequently filled with conflict — whether between nations, groups and individuals. We also may feel the conflict in our own lives. In our families. In our own personal struggles.  In tumultuous times, it is important to remember Jesus’ promise of peace. It is a peace the world cannot give, rooted in divine love. It transcends all worldly divisions. It heals all things. It is constant. It is the true peace of Christ’s salvation.

This Sunday, we will baptize a number of infants into the household of God at the 11 am Holy Eucharist and 6 pm Vesper Light. What a beautiful scripture for such a special event!

This Sunday, I will also preach at all three services and share my family’s story of baptism into the Episcopal Church during WWII Japanese American incarceration in honor of my grandparents and AAPI month.

Later that evening from 8:30 pm, we will have Projecting Grace and AAPI month messages will be projected on the facade.

On Wednesday at 3 pm, the Requiem service for the Rev. Canon David Forbes, former Grace Cathedral precentor, vice dean, and founding head of the Cathedral School for Boys will be held in the nave.

I am pleased to let you know we will also have a special Vine service on Wednesday at 6:30 pm celebrating AAPI month. The Rev. Canon Debra Low-Skinner, Canon to the Ordinary, is presiding, with special music by Tim Be Told and rapper Son of Paper. Sample some delicious AAPI appetizers at a reception on the Plaza immediately after the service.

Everyone has been shocked and concerned about this week about mass shootings in Buffalo and Orange County. Sadly, gun violence is a perennial national scourge. Regarding the tragedy in Buffalo, it was especially excruciating, as the shooter targeted African Americans and espoused hateful white nationalism. Our African American brothers and sisters rightfully feel vulnerable, sad and angry. Prayers go out to the victims and all who suffer.

I want to remind folks of our gun violence altar in the back of the nave. I encourage you to visit and offer a prayer. Here is a prayer contained thereon, authored by immediate past Vice Dean the Rev. Dr. Ellen Clark-King:

Let us lament with all those who are touched by gun violence
Let us lament the shooter’s choice for violence
Let us lament laws that allow violent men easy access to guns
Let us lament our politicians’ unwillingness to work for change
Let us lament with the hearts broken by loss today
Let us lament all the lives cut short today
Let us lament, O God, and then let us rise from our knees to work for change
In the name of Christ, the prince of peace. Amen.

In Christ,
Greg+

The Rev. Dr. Greg Kimura
Vice Dean of Grace Cathedral

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.