On Sunday, January 14 we continue our first-ever Epiphany Preaching Series. The series is entitled “A Season of Wisdom and Revelation”– and was described in the January issue of Saints Alive:
At All Saints Church we are committed to dismantling the structures of patriarchy and white supremacy that enslave us all. An important step in that direction is centering the voices of women and people of color and following their wisdom and leadership. That is why we are declaring Epiphany, 2018 “A Season of Wisdom and Revelation” where we will only have women of color in our pulpit on Sunday mornings — January 7 – February 11 — and we will be shaped and led by the Gospel they preach.
This week we are delighted to welcome the pulpit:
The Reverend Traci Blackmon is the Acting Executive Minister of Justice & Witness Ministries of The United Church of Christ and Senior Pastor of Christ The King United Church of Christ in Florissant, MO. Initially ordained in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Rev. Blackmon served in various ministry capacities for nine years prior to becoming ordained in the United Church of Christ and installed as the first woman and 18th pastor in the 159-year history of Christ the King United Church of Christ. A featured voice with many regional, national, and international media outlets and a frequent contributor to print publications, Rev. Blackmon’s communal leadership and work in the aftermath of the killing of Michael Brown, Jr., in Ferguson, MO, has gained her both national and international recognition and audiences from the White House to the Carter Center to the Vatican.
A devoted mother, an active lay leader, and a self-called “daughter of the King,” Sandra left her home country El Salvador due to the deliberate terrorizing and targeting of civilians by death squads, the recruitment of child soldiers, and when other violations of human rights were being perpetrated by the military. Since she came to the USA in 1978, she has dedicated her life to her family, and her community. Sandra has attended the Diocesan Hispanic Leadership Institute, was part of the “ICE out of Pomona Coalition,” and she is currently heading the Spanish Ministry at St Paul’s Episcopal church in Pomona. Sandra’s passion is getting to know Jesus, helping others through her job as a nurse and active participation in justice-oriented causes, and along with her wife, seeing their daughter grow.
Nuestra predicadora hoy es Sandra Martínez-Moore. Una madre devota, una líder laica activa y una autodenominada “hija del Rey”. Sandra dejó su país de origen, El Salvador, debido a los ataques deliberados y aterrorizantes contra los civiles dirigidos por escuadrones de la muerte, el reclutamiento de niños soldados, y otras violaciones de los derechos humanos perpetradas por los militares. Desde que llegó a los Estados Unidos en 1978, ha dedicado su vida a su familia y a su comunidad. Sandra ha asistido al Instituto Diocesano de Liderazgo Hispano, fue parte de la Coalición “ICE fuera de Pomona” y actualmente dirige el Ministerio Hispano en la iglesia Episcopal de San Pablo en Pomona. La pasión de Sandra es conocer a Jesús, ayudar a otros a través de su trabajo como enfermera y la participación activa en causas orientadas a la justicia, y junto con su esposa Lee Moore, ver crecer a su hija.