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Banners of Change Evensong and Reception

Thursday, August 11 @ 5:30 pm 6:15 pm

This Evensong honors the work of the Social Justice Sewing Academy (SJSA). Founded by Sara Trail, SJSA aims to empower individuals, including formerly incarcerated persons, to use textile art for personal transformation and community cohesion. Piece by piece, they become the fabric of change. SJSA’s work has been featured on our gun violence altar since 2021.   

The cathedral’s principal mid-week choral service, and one of the most beautiful liturgies in the Anglican tradition. Evensong includes psalms, canticles, and prayers, ranging from meditative to jubilant, sung by the choir and an officiant. 

Join Sara after Evensong for a glass of sparkling cider and a brief presentation about her amazing work. 

About SJSA

Founded in 2017, the Social Justice Sewing Academy is a non-profit organization whose aim is to foster the journey toward becoming an agent of social change. Through a series of hands-on workshops in schools, prisons, and community centers across the country, SJSA uses social justice and art education to bridge artistic expression with activism. The quilt blocks that are created in the workshops are then sent to volunteers around the world to embellish and embroider before being sewn together into quilts to be displayed in museums, galleries, and quilt shows across the country, and at Grace Cathedral.

About Sara Trail

Sara Trail learned to sew at the young age of 4, and is now a successful author, sewing teacher, and pattern and fabric designer. At age 13, she wrote a nationally published book, “Sew with Sara,” which teaches teens and tweens how to sew cute clothes and accessories for fun and profit. At 15, she starred in a nationally published DVD, “Cool Stuff to Sew With Sara.” She then designed two fabric collections, Folkheart and Biology 101, and a pattern collection with Simplicity, Designed with Love by Sara. Her pattern collection features prom dresses, backpack patterns, hoodies, and jackets as well as aprons and tote bags. While attending UC Berkeley, Sara created a quilt in memory of Trayvon Martin, and her love for sewing and passion for social justice intertwined. After graduating from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, she founded the Social Justice Sewing Academy. As Founder of SJSA, Sara actively travels to facilitate lectures and workshops. She is also key in developing and implementing the artistic vision of the organization.

Event Details

The entrance to the cathedral is at the top of the Great Steps. The accessible entrance is via the breezeway on Sacramento Street between Taylor and Jones Streets or via the garage elevator.

COVID Safety

Masks are required inside the cathedral. Visit our regathering page for the latest information on our safety protocols.

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