Dear people of St. James, friends, and community:
I am excited to let you know we will be celebrating Black History Month on Sunday, Feb. 5th at our 10 a.m. service, with Gen-Z guest preacher Danté Stewart from Atlanta, Georgia, and the inspiring Gospel Voices of Orange County. The Adult Education/Faith Formation, and Music Teams and myself have been working on this immersive experience honoring influencers in the Black community’s story for several months and encourage you to attend this relevant-for-our-times event!
Author Danté Stewart to preach on Feb. 5th
Danté Stewart is an award-winning writer, speaker and author of Shoutin’ In The Fire: An American Epistle. Named by Georgia Writers Association as “Georgia Writer of the Year” 2022 (Memoir); by The Center for American Progress as one of “22 Faith Leaders to Watch in 2022”; and by Religion News Service as one of “Ten Up-And-Coming Faith Influencers,” his work has appeared in The Atlantic, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Time, ESPN’s Andscape, Oxford American, Sojourners, NPR, CNN, Parents, the Center for Action and Contemplation with Richard Rohr, and more.
He received his B.A. in Sociology from Clemson University. He is currently studying at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga.
Discovering faith after a legacy of violence
Shoutin’ in the Fire: An American Epistle
By Danté Stewart
In Shoutin’ in the Fire, Danté Stewart gives breathtaking language to his reckoning with the legacy of white supremacy—both the kind that hangs over our country and the kind that is internalized on a molecular level. Stewart uses his personal experiences as a vehicle to reclaim and reimagine spiritual virtues like rage, resilience, and remembrance—and explores how these virtues might function as a work of love against an unjust, unloving world.
GUEST MUSICIANS ON FEB. 5th
Gospel Voices of OC Youth Choir
Gospel Voices of OC Youth Choir, directed by Debora Wondercheck, is a choir uniting voices (ages 6–18), throughout Orange County. GVOC celebrates the accomplishments of the Black heritage through the art form of Spirituals, Gospel, and Urban Gospel music. Located in Costa Mesa, the choir welcomes youth of all ages and backgrounds to join year-round at www.artsandlearning.org.
A Jazzman’s Blues
Streaming on Netflix; see trailer on YouTube at https://youtu.be/PCggYIdUpyw
Tyler Perry’s tale of forbidden love and family drama unravels 40 years of secrets and lies against a soundtrack of juke-joint blues in the Deep South.
• Starring: Joshua Boone, Amirah Vann, Solea Pfeiffer