Our Episcopal Bishop of California, the Rt. Rev. Marc H. Andrus, will lead a gala Jazz infused celebration of our new ministry with St. Cyprian’s new Vicar, Fr. Tom Jackson. Starting at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6 the service will include leaders of community organizations, other churches who worship here, and the members of St. Cyprian’s Church. Please RSVP for your free tickets so we can know whether you will join us for a BBQ lunch after the service.
Fr. Tom has worked as an award winning environmental reporter, environmental activist, and community organizer before being ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church. Before move to the Bay Area he helped found a land trust and LGBT community center in New Haven, CT. While in California, he has led Oasis California – the diocese’s LGBT Ministry in the Bay Area – and served as the Episcopal Chaplain at Stanford Hosp[ital in Palo Alto.
The Right Reverend Marc Handley Andrus is the eighth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of California. He was elected after three ballots in a special convention at San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral on May 6, 2006, and was invested as Bishop of California on July 22, 2006. Prior to his election as Bishop of California, Andrus served as Bishop Suffragan in the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama.
Bishop Marc continues to be a leader in the struggle for peace, justice and reconciliation in the global church as well as across America and around the bay Area. He commissioned Fr. Tom to coordinate a pilgrimage of LGBT Christians to serve as witnesses of conscience at the Anglican Communion’s 2008 Lambeth Conference. In the national and international arena, he has worked tirelessly as a leader for full inclusion of LGBTQ people in the church. Among his many efforts are establishing the Pilgrimage for Peace program and working as a steering committee member of Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation.
Rabbi Lawrence Kushner – The Emanu-El Scholar at Congregation Emanu-El – will preach during the celebration. He is the author of eighteen books including the just published I’m God; You’re Not: Observations on Organized Religion & Other Disguises of the Ego; a novel, Kabbalah: A Love Story; and a screenplay, Your Good Friend (with Matthew Jacobs); Honey from the Rock; God Was in This Place and I, i Did Not Know; Invisible Lines of Connection; and Five Cities of Refuge (with David Mamet). He has been a commentator on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered.
He was the first chairman of Reform Judaism’s Commission on Religious Living and has served on the board of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations.Prior to his move out to San Francisco, he was the Rabbi-in-Residence at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City. He continues as an adjunct member of the faculty of the Hebrew Union College at the Los Angeles campus where he teaches an annual seminar for rabbinic students.
Before that, Rabbi Kushner served for twenty-eight years as the rabbi of Congregation Beth El in Sudbury, Massachusetts. There, he originated the concept of synagogue havurot (small fellowship groups) and helped his congregants write V’tahaer Libenu (Purify our Hearts), the first gender-neutral liturgy ever published.
He is also a serious impressionist artist specializing in urban landscapes. His paintings are in several local galleries; he’s had a one-man show at the Isaacs Gallery of the Osher-Marin JCC.
Stephen Prutsman will be our musician for this community celebration and Jazz Mass. He has been described as one of the most innovative musicians of his time. Moving easily from classical to jazz to world music styles as a pianist, composer and conductor, Prutsman continues to explore and seek common ground and relationships in the music of all cultures and languages. A member of St. Cyprian’s, he presents our monthly Autism-friendly free jazz jam and Azure Family Night. He also plays for our monthly Jazz Mass which is held on the first Sunday of each month at 10:10 a.m. From 2004-2007 Stephen was Artistic Partner with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, where he conducted concertos from the keyboard, performed in chamber ensembles, conducted works of living composers, developed and arranged collaborations for their Engine 408 series of contemporary and world music, and wrote several new works for the orchestra. From 2009 – 2012 he was the Artistic Director of the Cartagena International Festival of Music, South America’s largest festival of its kind, programming and curating concerts with themes ranging from Mozart celebrations, to eclectic evenings of folk and popular music of the Americas, to hybrid programs fusing art and dance music of multiple musical dimensions. In the early 90’s he was a medal winner at the Tchaikovsky and Queen Elisabeth Piano Competitions, and received the Avery Fisher Career Grant. He is an accomplished performer of jazz and gospel music who frequently leads holiday services at St. Cyprian’s.
BBQ to follow.