Request Line: (870) 277-1080 [email protected]
Text Your Gift to KLEK1 to 44-321 LEARN MORE

Your Community Radio Station is possible thanks to this supporter!  Become an underwriter.

Rt. Rev Deon Kevin Johnson Ordained Bishop of Episcopal Diocese of Missouri, 1st Openly Black Gay Man to Hold Post

Written by Good Black News

June 23, 2020

According to the Advocate, the Rt. Rev. Deon Kevin Johnson has become the 11th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri, making him the first openly gay Black man to hold the post in the diocese’s 179-year history.

Johnson was ordained and consecrated last week in a ceremony at Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis.

To quote from advocate.com:

“To find ourselves in this moment, the [descendant] of a slave, to be called to be the bishop of Missouri — God is good!” he said during his ordination service, according to the Episcopal News Service. “To the people of Missouri, we have a whole new story to tell and a whole new boldness to tell it with. So I look forward to the adventure.”

An immigrant from Barbados, Johnson has been an Episcopal priest since 2003. He was most recently rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Brighton, Mich.

In the week following the killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis, Johnson joined in peaceful protests in the St. Louis region. Days after the clearing of nonviolent protesters at St. John’s Church in Washington, D.C., so Donald Trump could have a photo op, Johnson spoke at a solidarity rally at St. John’s Episcopal Church in St. Louis.

“Fear would tell us that dignity belongs to some and not to others. As followers of Jesus, we must live and know that perfect love casts out fear,” he wrote in a statement following the rally. “We must, in the words of the Prophet Micah, ‘do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with our God.’”

Read more: https://www.advocate.com/religion/2020/6/16/openly-gay-black-bishop-ordained-missouri-episcopalians

Original article source: https://goodblacknews.org/2020/06/23/rt-rev-deon-kevin-johnson-ordained-bishop-of-episcopal-diocese-of-missouri-1st-openly-black-gay-man-to-hold-post/ | Article may or may not reflect the views of KLEK 102.5 FM or The Voice of Arkansas Minority Advocacy Council

0 0 vote
Article Rating

Related Articles

Virginia Military Institute Votes to Remove Confederate General Stonewall Jackson Statue from Campus

According to the Washington Post, Virginia Military Institute’s Board of Visitors voted Thursday to remove the prominent statue of Confederate General Stonewall Jackson from the state-supported military school grounds in Read more

Darnella Frazier, the Young Woman Who Documented George Floyd’s Murder, to be Honored with 2020 PEN America Benenson Courage Award

[Daniella Frazier; photo courtesy pen.org] The literary and free expression organization PEN America announced today that Darnella Frazier, the quick-thinking and courageous young woman who filmed the murder of George Read more

SolidaARiTy Movement Hosts Online Art Auction to Benefit Social Justice and Health Non-Profits Through 10/24

[Artists Isis Dua and Candyce Fabre: Photos via funddeed.com/solidarity] The SolidARiTy movement includes over 20 artists who are creating thought-provoking pieces as a fundraiser and art auction that will benefit Claris Read more

Virginia Lawmakers Vote Unanimously to make Juneteenth a State Holiday

According to the Associated Press, Juneteenth has officially become a state holiday in Virginia after lawmakers unanimously approved legislation during the Virginia General Assembly special session. Juneteenth marks the day Read more

Comments

Subscribe
Notify of
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Your Community Radio Station is possible thanks to this supporter!  Become an underwriter.

Pin It on Pinterest