Tell me about Harriet
Harriet Tubman Commemoration March 10th, 2023
The Episcopal church gathered on zoom March 10th for a new observance of the witness of Harriet Ross Tubman, honoring her 110 years after the day of her death, as one of the great cloud of witnesses that we pray will guide our faith. You can view our conversation with Dr. Milton Sernett and Dean Sandye Wilson here.
See below for videos that begin our celebrations: meditations, a new story of her life for children and adults, and wonderings that call out Harriet's Christian witness. We're especially honored to share this video from Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Michael Curry, who call's the church into this new commemoration.
Welcome from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry kicks off the Episcopal Church's new annual celebrations of Harriet Tubman with this reflection on her life and ministry.
Wonder with us!
There are plenty of resources out there to learn about the history of Harriet much better than we can offer. But what we hope to do in this celebration is bring our church community deeper into wondering and marveling at Harriet’s faithful Christian witness.
We wonder how Harriet had the courage to do dangerous things?
We wonder what Harriet would say about this commemoration by the Episcopal Church?
We wonder what Harriet teaches us about our faith today?
We wonder, if Harriet could hear our stories, what else she would want us to know, or what things she’d tell us we’d misunderstood?
Meditation and Pilgrimage to Harriet's Maryland Birthplace
Join Will and Jen on a journey through the cold wet marshes of the Eastern Shore of Maryland where Harriet grew up and from where she rescued people. Wonder along with them and meditate on these places that shaped Harriet's life.
About the Presenters
Rev. Will Bouvel and Jen Holt Enriquez are honored to have created these offerings to lift up the unstoppable Christian witness of Harriet Tubman. They bring a unique perspective to her story, grounded from their other work Dismantling Racism through faith, called Tell Me the Truth About Racism (learn more here). Their stories explore how systemic racism tells all people a lie about who they are, because it says that some people are better than others because of the color of their skin. We know the Truth from God that all people are equally loved. So anything that says anyone is better than another for any reason distorts us away from the people of God we might know ourselves to be. They are excited to have been commissioned to create a new story just about Harriet as part of this celebration. Learn more about them here and how they as white people feel called into the work of dismantling racism.
Montessori based story of Harriet's Life
Great for all ages to wonder more deeply about this faithful Christian soul with Montessori based storytelling.
About this Commemoration
At general convention in 2022, the Episcopal Church adopted resolution no. C-007, naming March 10 of each year the day that the church would collectively remember Harriet Tubman. March 10, 1913 was the date of Harriet’s death. This coming March 10 is the first time for a collective celebration in the Episcopal Church. See here for readings and collects assigned by the church to collectively honor Harriet in worship that day.