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Diocesan Juneteenth Celebration

Sunday, June 19 @ 6:00 pm 7:00 pm

The church gathers to remember the word of freedom that reached Galveston, TX, on June 19, 1865, more than two years after President Lincoln issued the emancipation proclamation. We celebrate this festival of liberation. We also lament the delay in bringing this good news and the ways that slavery and racism continue to cast a long shadow over the church and national life.

The Episcopal Church has committed itself to healing present and historical racism and slavery. Juneteenth was made a local commemoration of the Episcopal Church at the Diocesan Convention in October 2020, as part of a movement toward a church-wide commemoration. Our celebration arises from those commitments and honors the leadership and contributions of Black Episcopalians in our diocese and the larger church. 

The Right Rev. Dr. Marc Handley Andrus, Bishop of California presiding.
The Rev. Dr. Mauricio Wilson, Rector, St. Paul’s Oakland, preaching.

Event Details

Doors open for seating at 5:40 pm. 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. Please arrive by 8:15 pm as doors will be closed at that time.

When the online version of the service leaflet becomes available, you can view it here.

COVID Safety

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

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