Commemorating 400 years of African American History and Culture:
St. James to participate in Healing Day National Bell Ringing
this Sunday, August 25 at 2 pm (3 pm EDT)
This Sunday, August 25, we join churches of all denominations across the nation to remember and honor the first enslaved Africans who landed in English North America in 1619 by tolling our bells for one minute at 2 pm (3 pm EDT).
“The National Park Service is commissioning, and asking, churches and people from around this country to commemorate and remember that landing and the bringing of those first enslaved Africans to this country by ringing bells,” said Curry. “I’m inviting us as The Episcopal Church to join in this commemoration as part of our continued work of racial healing and reconciliation. … We can join together with people of other Christian faiths and people of all faiths to remember those who came as enslaved, who came to a country that one day would proclaim liberty. And so we remember them and pray for a new future for us all.”
Watch Presiding Bishop Curry’s video message by clicking the image above.