The Year of the Body

Every year Grace Cathedral chooses a theme to unify and inspire our community to improve their lives and the world. Our 2019 theme is the body.  Join us in exploring this theme through worship, the arts, social justice and more.

Previous Events

LINES Ballet Dance for PD

Thursday, August 8 and 22 at 1 pm.

Grace Cathedral is the summer home for LINES Ballet’s dance class series for people with Parkinson’s Disease. Artistic Director and internationally-celebrated choreographer Alonzo King is the Cathedral’s 2019 Artist in Residence for 2019, and these classes are offered during his residency, and in harmony with the cathedral’s annual theme “The Year of the Body.”

Alonzo King LINES Ballet welcomes the PD community with an authentic and accessible approach to movement! Join experienced Teaching Artists for a fun movement and dance experience. These classes provide an encouraging environment for individuals with Parkinson’s Disease and their loved ones to explore creativity. Classes are tailored for varying abilities and begin in seated chairs. Build community through dance with gentle combinations and live accompaniment.



Dinner with Grace

August 13 and 14

Dinner with Grace is a collaborative ministry of Grace Cathedral, Episcopal Community Services and the formerly homeless living in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco. Dinner with Grace – through the preparation and sharing of a healthy meal – builds community, engenders empathy, ends isolation and combats loneliness for individuals transitioning out of homelessness and volunteers.



The Forum with Rep. Jackie Speier
Sunday, September 15 at 9:30 am

The U.S. Representative and champion of women’s rights and gun violence prevention on her new book, Undaunted: Surviving Jonestown, Summoning Courage, and Fighting Back.


Prayers for the Year of the Body

One of these could be an all year opening prayer …
Creator God, you delight in humanity and chose to share our bodily existence.
May we bring all that we are – our spiritual intelligent bodies – into our worship, so that we may be completely present to your love and fully open to your transforming Spirit. We pray this in the name of the incarnate one, Jesus Christ.

Incarnate God, you love all of us, our bodies, minds and hearts. May we learn so to love one another that we truly become the Body of Christ in this place. In the name of Jesus Christ, our Friend, Brother and Savior. Amen.

Seasonal Prayers

Opening Prayer – Epiphany

Holy God
You revealed your love to all people by being born as one of us. Help us now to reveal your love to the world by recognizing the beauty of all human bodies and learning to treat them with love and respect. Through the incarnate one, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Opening Prayer – Lent and Passiontide

Holy God, in Christ’s passion we see the wounded bodies of all who suffer. Make us agents of your healing justice and transformative love; and send your Spirit so that all pain may be transfigured by divinity. Through our wounded healer and Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Opening Prayer – Easter

Life-Giving God, you raised Christ in the glory of divinity. May we be filled with your joy in both body and soul, dancing with renewed life and hope this Eastertide. Through Jesus Christ our risen savior. Amen



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