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Pride Mass 2021
June 18 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
This year’s Pride Mass service will take place at St. James Episcopal Church, Knoxville, TN (1101 N Broadway) at 6:00 pm on Friday, June 18. The event will feature the Rev. Joseph Wallace-Williams as the guest homilist with the Rt. Rev. Brian L. Cole celebrating. Our featured organizations this year, which will receive the offering, are Trans Empowerment Project and Appalachian OUTreach. You can click here to donate to the offering ahead of the service. A “mini-Pride” reception will be held outside the church directly after the service with refreshments and booths featuring local organizations.
While seating is open at St. James for this event, we request that people RSVP so that we have a rough attendance estimate. Please click on the button below to RSVP.
The service will be broadcast from the Episcopal Church in East Tennessee Facebook page.
The Rev. Joseph A. Wallace-Williams, newly installed rector of St. Luke and The Epiphany in Philadelphia, PA, is our guest homilist. Originally from New Orleans, Fr. Joseph is a graduate of the University of the South’s School of Theology, Sewanee, TN. He was ordained in 2011 and served as an Associate Rector at Grace-St. Luke’s Church in Memphis, TN where his primary responsibility was to facilitate ministries with youth and young adults.
Having sensed a call to the monastic life at the age of 18, Fr. Joseph entered Holy Cross Monastery, West Park, NY to join the Order of the Holy Cross in 2015. In 2018, he left his monastic community in order to return to parish ministry where he could combine Benedictine Spirituality and active ministry. Before being called to St. Luke and The Epiphany, he served at St. Peter’s, St. Louis, Missouri, where he was the first openly gay clergy person to serve the congregation.*
We are excited to welcome the Rev. Wallace-Williams to East Tennessee. * From St. Luke’s and The Epiphany Website
This year’s offering will be split between two organizations, Trans Empowerment Project and Appalachian OUTreach.