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Outdoor Physical Distancing Good Friday Service
April 2 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Reclaiming Good Friday
Join University Presbyterian Church (UPC), 300 Bushnell Ave, San Antonio for a Good Friday service as we remember Jesus’ crucifixion and contemplate its meaning for today. Together, we will take a stand, rooted in the nonviolent way of Jesus, for the people’s dignity and humanity. Guest poet Andrea “Vocab” Sanderson, poet, singer, hip hop artist, and first black Poet Laureate of San Antonio (2020-2023), will lead us in contemplation through spoken word.
We gather ever thoughtful of the nation’s current climate, entrenched with misogyny and racism against African Americans and facing a spike in hate crimes against Asian Americans. Please join us at 6:30 p.m. on Friday for this outdoor, in-person service on the corner of Bushnell & Shook Ave. at the UPC Black Lives Matter. Please bring a chair and wear a mask. While the service takes its inspiration from the Christian tradition, this event is open to all, as we work together for a more just world.
As a church committed to dismantling structural racism and speaking out against white nationalism, University Presbyterian Church believes that our faith moves us to build an equitable and just society. In our desire to bring about a new world, white mainline congregations must listen to black and brown peoples as we learn how to be allies in the movement for collective liberation.
In our desire for mutual liberation, we are honored to have poet laureate Andrea Vocab Sanderson join us to construct a new reality. Andrea has been a spoken word artist since 2001. Known on the stage as “Vocab,” she is a San Antonio native and has served as a Teaching Artist for Gemini Ink since 2009. She is also an artist in residence with The Carver Community Cultural Center for the 2020-2021 season.
Vocab was a slam poet from 2004-2008, and a member of four teams that competed at the National Poetry Slam. She has featured and taught creative writing workshops at: DePauw University, Morehouse College, Cameron University, Rice University, and Trinity University, among others. In 2015, she traveled internationally to Abu Dhabi performing and teaching at Al Dhafra Airbase for the troops stationed and serving active duty. In December of 2016, she was a guest teacher for the groundbreaking course: Black Women, Beyonce & Popular Culture, at University of Texas at San Antonio. This course gained international attention and is featured in various publications worldwide.
Vocab was a featured teaching artist on the KLRN show Art,s which aired in February of 2017. More recently her song, What Will It Take commissioned by the City of San Antonio helped to launch a COVID-19 safety campaign that can be seen and heard on radio and television.
Her debut book is entitled, She Lives In Music, Flower Song Press, February 2020. Her music is available on all music streaming platforms. Andrea is the first black Poet Laureate of San Antonio 2020-2023. Some of her awards include: Dream Voice 2018, People’s Choice Award 2019, Best Live Entertainment/Band Musician of the Year by the 17th Annual SEA Awards in 2020, and The Arts and Letters Award by Friends of San Antonio Public Library in 2020. For more info visit www.andreavocabsanderson.com
Her book is available on FlowersongPress.com or Amazon.com
Photo credit: Nicole Marie Moore