Respecting the Sacred Flame: Primatial Visit and Panel

The Apostolic Johannite Church, the Archdiocese of Wisconsin and the Parish of St. Sarah the Egyptian are pleased to announce the official visit of the Primate of the United States to the Parish of St. Sarah the Egyptian to celebrate Liturgy and participate in the Respecting the Sacred Flame panel:

“There is no question that our society is in upheaval.  People of color, LGBTQIA community members, women, immigrants, older adults, people living with disabilities, and other groups are feeling even more threatened than they did just a few short months ago.


Small progressive religious communities such as ours can and do make a difference in these struggles, but we need to understand what we are facing, internally and externally.


St. Sarah’s Parish is therefore organizing a panel discussion on Saturday, March 11th, titled “Respecting the Sacred Flame.”  We are inviting two outside experts: African-American Historian Edward Carson, who will be looking at racism and economic oppression, and Brandeis University Professor Wendy Cadge, who will delve into gender and sexuality.  Our Bishop, The Most Rev. Dr. William Behun, Ph.D., will also be joining the panel as both Primate and Archbishop of the US and our diocese of the AJC, and as a professor of Philosophy and Ethics. 


The panelists will be trying to discuss and answer two questions:


(1.) What can we do within ourselves and our religious community to address racism, sexism, homophobia and economic oppression? 


(2.) What can or should we do as a small religious community to stop these kinds of oppression?


This event will begin with the Johannite Gnostic Liturgy at 5:00 p.m. and the Panel and Discussion at 6:00 p.m., at the Theosophical Society-Boston, 21 Maple St., Arlington, Massachusetts. “


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