In 2015, immediately following the Charleston massacre, then-Dean Gary Hall called for the removal of two stained glass windows in the Cathedral that honor Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson. After a year of exploration by an appointed task force, the Cathedral made the decision to remove the image of the Confederate battle flag from these two windows and to embark on a program of robust discussion and engagement on race and the Church.
On October 26 at 7pm, the Cathedral will hold our first public conversation focused on these windows. Speakers will reflect on their historical and current context, and respond to the Cathedral’s decision to remove the image of the Confederate flag while retaining the full windows during this interim period.
- Dr. Rex Ellis, Associate Director of Curatorial Affairs, National Museum of African American History and Culture
- Dr. John Coski, Historian at The American Civil War Museum and author of "The Confederate Battle Flag: America's Most Embattled Emblem"
- The Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, Canon Theologian at Washington National Cathedral
- moderated by journalist Ray Suarez
A robust panel discussion and questions from attendees will provide a rich opportunity to explore how monuments, including the Lee-Jackson windows, speak to past and present audiences. Attendees can expect to be intrigued and challenged as these windows act as a catalyst for a new conversation in the Church. As Canon Theologian Kelly Brown Douglas puts it, “this is a kairos time in our nation’s history, a decisive moment that potentially has far-reaching impact. And so, we must live into it by indeed refusing to be content until God’s justice is made real.”
This program is underwritten by gifts given in honor of the Very Reverend Gary Hall in thanksgiving for his leadership and prophetic voice during his tenure at Washington National Cathedral.
- Free; please register
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- October 26, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm