Join us for UpBeat, a joyful and musical gathering on the eve of Diocesan Convention, featuring Howard University’s premier vocal group Afro Blue and Atlanta-based priest and social activist, the Rev. Kim Jackson. In addition to music and our featured speaker, representatives from our parishes, campus ministries, and faith communities throughout the Metro-DC area will share uplifting faith stories alongside food and fellowship.
Howard University’s premier vocal group Afro Blue will perform and also to lead us in joyful singing. This dynamic “vocal big band” has performed to wide critical acclaim. Afro Blue has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and reached the top four on The Sing-Off, NBC-TV’s a cappella group competition. Afro Blue performed at The White House for President and Mrs. Obama. Afro Blue has established a continuing relationship with The John F. Kennedy Center for The Performing Arts and performed with The National Symphony Orchestra (NSO).
Our featured speaker is The Rev. Kim Jackson, Associate Rector for Adult Formation and Christian Social Action Ministry. She is a public theologian and a fierce community activist. Kim works to end the death penalty, advocates for women and children’s issues, and is passionate about sharing the liberating Gospel of Christ. When she’s not wearing a collar, you can find her on her small farm in Stone Mountain with her goats, ducks, and chickens.