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Every year, we host Carnivale, an annual gala, to raise funds that help us reimagine church with courage, joy and wonder. This year, we’re celebrating Mardi Gras a little differently!
You’ve heard about the unveiling of our art installation with Root Division, inspirational speakers and lively auctions. Have you also heard about an incredible afterparty brought to you by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence? This nonprofit is a leading-edge order of queer and trans nuns based in San Francisco. The Guardian writes “… their ministry is anything but a performance. The Sisters fundraise hundreds of thousands of dollars a year for underserved grassroots organizations; in 2020 they made grants to legal aid clinics serving LGBTQ+ asylum seekers, an alliance empowering deaf queer people, and a community safe house for Black and indigenous trans people, just to name a few.”
A Devotion to Service, Ministry and Outreach (and joy)
Since Easter Sunday, 1979, The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence have brought on all of the fun, while devoting themselves to community service, ministry and outreach. In alignment with this year’s theme, Grace for All, we are honored to partner with The Sisters and amplify our shared values of diversity, human rights and tolerance of all people. We celebrate the unique beauty inside each of us. The Sisters have long been a part of the culture at Grace Cathedral, bringing their talents to one of our most popular events, Sister Act Sing-along Pride Mass.
Sister Dana Van Iquity – a member of the Order of SPI for 35 years – has been privileged to participate in the annual Sister Act Mass for four consecutive years as a proud member of The Vine church at Grace Cathedral.
What are you waiting for? Invite your friends, wear your fanciest (or most comfortable) outfit and be whisked away into a time of sheer fun and self-expression.
The Sisters bring dance, imagination and movement into new dimensions so don’t miss your chance to join us for some late night revelry! All Carnivale guests have access to the late night afterparty. Tickets start at $25.
Last week, domestic terrorists forced their way into the US Capitol buildings, bearing not only arms, but Confederate flags, a noose and other symbols of white supremacy. Many of you have asked: What can we do? As Christians, our work for social and racial justice begins with clear-sightedness about what it is that we are dealing with and what God calls us to do.
The Black Lives Matter protests that spanned the globe last summer brought renewed visibility to a pervasive evil that thrives in silence and secrecy. We must acknowledge the explicit and implicit racism in these violent terrorist attacks. From our own Dean Malcolm Clemens Young or the Rev. Dr. Gennifer B. Brooks, from Joseph R. Biden, Jr. or Rep. Maxine Waters, leaders have broadly noted that if these terrorists had been black, Indigenous or other People of Color, law enforcement would have been swifter, bolder and more severe. We cannot suppress that truth and we cannot be silent.
However, the roots of the terrorist event at the US Capitol are not only in the endemic racism and white supremacy of our society. They also include the greed, deception and opportunism of the chief executive, as well as other elected officials who championed outright lies for their own gain; the social media and tech giants who were content to profit from these lies; and this nation’s glorification of violence and unholy comfort with unregulated access to weapons.
These engines of the violence last Wednesday in the nation’s capital have been justified, and in some cases promoted by a white, toxic and hateful perversion of Christianity.
The way of Jesus is none other than the way of life and peace. And so, as Christians, we condemn in the strongest possible terms the attacks and their motives. We condemn the false equivalency between domestic terrorists, and protestors demanding civil rights in addition to and police accountability. We condemn the use of Christian language and institutions to promote violence.
There is no religious justification for insurrection against the institutions of democracy or for threatening the lives of elected leaders. There is no religious sanction for violence against black and brown bodies, Jews and other religious minorities, immigrants, women, LGBTQIA people or any other human community.
In response, we express lament. We lament our own arrogance and intolerance. We lament our personal failures to confront the violence and racism of our own hearts, and the violence and racism that rears its ugliness daily. We lament our own church’s historic and current participation in structural violence and racism. And we acknowledge that this lament is not enough.
Furthermore, we join Presiding Bishop Michael Curry in praying these words from Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address: “With malice toward none with charity for all with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right let us strive on to finish the work we are in to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan – to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.”
May it be so.
The Rev. Heather Erickson, Director of Senior Ministry and Outreach
The Rev. Mary Carter Greene, Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministry
The Rev. Canon Jude Harmon, Canon for Innovative Ministries
The Very Rev. Peggy Patterson, Interim Executive Pastor
The Rev. Anna E. Rossi, Succentor
The Rev. Kristin Saylor, Director of Formation
The Very Rev. Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young, Dean
Tune into this year’s virtual gala from your home on Tuesday, February 16 and enjoy Carnivale in a Box, brought to you by McCalls, San Francisco’s preeminent caterer!
For guests who select the Enthusiast ticket package and up, McCalls will deliver a three-course dinner and cocktail kit made with love. We know how magical the experience of dining inside the cathedral is, so we made sure your at-home dining experience will be just as special. We’ve included a thoughtfully paired premium bottle of wine from Lynmar Estate Winery, a blooming floral bouquet from Charlotte & Daughters and fun design surprises to ensure an enchanting tablescape.
Imbibe on a Bourbon smash, and nibble on an elegant selection of cheese and charcuterie as you get settled into the gala livestream. Say hi to friends who are also attending! Then, work your way into an heirloom apple and chèvre salad, leading you to the entrée, a tender filet mignon. Comforting sides are included, of course!
A delicious dessert duo of deconstructed cheesecake and chocolate trifle with Italian meringue offers the perfect indulgence to end the evening. We’ll close the night bidding on coveted auction items and let The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence lead us into the Late Night Revelry after-party.
Instructions on how to heat, serve and enjoy Carnivale in a Box will be included. We hope you’ll join us!
* If you are interested in Carnivale in a Box but live outside the Bay Area, please let us know by Tuesday, February 2 so we can arrange for a comparable meal shipped directly to you!
Carnivale is just around the corner! Our annual gala happens on Tuesday, February 16 at 6:30 p.m. PST, and *all* are invited. We’ve transformed a spectacular in-person experience into a virtual celebration, and we are thrilled to bring Mardi Gras into the homes of everyone around the world.
Art for All with Root Division
This year’s theme, Grace for All, reflects the cathedral’s leadership in inclusivity and social justice. Our goal is always to be a space that uplifts and amplifies the talents of artists of color. We are proud to announce our collaboration with San Francisco’s Root Division to create the Grace for All art installation. Root Division is a socially-active arts organization based in San Francisco, and a collective of their artists will help us express meaningful connection and community through their inspired art. De’Ana Brownfield and Megan Leppla are the lead artists on this project.
Be a Part of the Experience
Inspired by our 2013 Artist in Residence Anne Patterson’s work Graced with Light, allCarnivale guests are invited to contribute prayers and intentions that will be printed on colorful ribbons, and strung along on the banisters leading to the Ghiberti doors.
As we gather virtually for Carnivale, the tethering of strings along the cathedral’s Great Stairs is our way of connecting the global community we’ve created together. Want to be part of this incredible installation? Let us know what’s inspiring you today. Send us a six-word phrase by Friday, February 5 to take part!
With tickets starting at $25, Carnivale is more accessible (and fun!) for all. We hope you’ll join the party!