Celebrate UBE Sunday and
the Feast of Alexander Crummell
Sunday, September 10, 2023
Almighty and everlasting God, we thank you for your servant Alexander Crummell, whom you called to preach the Gospel to those who were far off and to those who were near. Raise up in this and every land evangelists and heralds of your kingdom, that your Church may proclaim the unsearchable riches of our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
On Sunday, September 10, the Union of Black Episcopalians celebrates the life and legacy of our notable saint, the Reverend Alexander Crummell, on his official feast day. Crummell was the personification of the will to overcome during the 19th century, successfully confronting and prevailing over barriers erected because of his race. According to A Great Cloud of Witnesses, “Crummell’s ministry spanned more than half a century and three continents. Everywhere, at all times, he labored to prepare black people and to build institutions that would serve them and provide scope for the exercise of their gifts in leadership and creativity. His faith in God, his perseverance in spite of repeated discouragement, his perception that the Church transcended the racism and limited vision of its leaders, and his unfailing belief in the goodness and greatness of black people are the legacy of this African American pioneer. He died in Red Bank, New Jersey, in 1898.”
UBE designates September 10, 2023, as UBE Sunday to commemorate the racial justice ministry of the Union which was an outgrowth of Father Crummell’s advocacy.
Please join us by using the following liturgical resources in your bulletin on September 10 or any other Sunday that you are reflecting on racial reconciliation. Send us your story on how you are celebrating UBE Sunday and the Feast Day of Alexander Crummell to firstname.lastname@example.org. Then, make a special donation to UBE by visiting our website at https://www.ube.org/DONATE/donate-online.html. We are continuing Crummell’s work of overcoming racism in society and in the church. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
To read more or access resources, click the links below:
Bulletin insert – Alexander Crummell – half page (2023); click here.
Bulletin insert – Alexander Crummell – full page (2023); click here.
Litany for the Feast of Alexander Crummell and UBE Sunday; click here.
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