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The Not So Welcome Table

The Not So Welcome Table

Written by Kathy H. Culmer, DMin on

The spiritual, “Sit at the Welcome Table,” was a double entendre. When slaves, who were unwelcome at their masters’ tables, sang about the “welcome table,” they were singing about someday sitting down together at the table with and being welcomed by those who had once been their oppressors, as...

Things Left Undone

Things Left Undone

Written by Kathy H. Culmer, DMin on

As Episcopalians, as often as we go through the liturgy, we confess our sins to God, the things we have done and the things we have left undone. The part we play in our sins of commission are often more readily recognizable and thus more likely to be confessed and repented of than in our sins of...

St. John The Baptist, Tyler, Texas 1892

St. John The Baptist, Tyler, Texas 1892

Written by Kathy H. Culmer, DMin on

Author, intellect and activist, W. E. B. DuBois, said “Although the Episcopal Church was the first American Church to receive Negro members, the growth of that membership has been small. This was the one  great church that did not split on the slavery question, and the result is that its Negro...

A Good and Faithful Servant: The Rev. Thomas W. Cain

A Good and Faithful Servant: The Rev. Thomas W. Cain

Written by Kathy H. Culmer, DMin on

Defying odds, challenging systems, and keeping the faith, were the ongoing struggles of the African American preacher. At times it may have seemed that he carried the weight of the world, but if not the world, then certainly the weight of a people.

The Church Blinded by Color … Still Coming into View

The Church Blinded by Color … Still Coming into View

Written by Kathy H. Culmer, DMin on

In 1883, during the Sewanee Conference, southern bishops had met to devise a proposal to be voted upon by General Convention that would formally segregate Black and White Episcopalians. While the proposal failed to pass, southern dioceses, in retaliation, set up “colored convocations” as...

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