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Wrestling With the Mystery of Hope

Rev. Ann Jefferson -- December 1, 2013

Scriptures for today:
Call to worship: "Harlem" by Langston Hughes; Lamentations 3:1-3, 17-24; Mark 4:30-32; Coossians 1:26-27

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Rev. Ann Jefferson, a 32-year resident of the Bay Area, currently works in Community and Continuing Education as Program Coordinator of the Theological Education for Leadership (TEL) Program and co-director of Worship at Pacific School of Religion. Beyond PSR, Ann serves as Associate Pastor of Worship & Liturgy at City of Refuge UCC in San Francisco and has been a musician and music director of several congregations throughout the Bay area.

She brings 30+ years’ experience to her study and teaching of the history of African-American sacred music. A key planner of the African-American hymn festival for the Society’s conference held in Berkeley in 2008, Ann has taught numerous seminars in this subject area including: several PSR intersession courses, and a seminar on African-American women hymn and gospel pioneers at the 2010 annual conference of the Hymn Society of the United States and Canada. Additionally, she was In August 2010, she received a Heritage Keepers’ Award from the Friends of the Negro Spirituals. She most recently taught a Zephyr Experience workshop in 2011, and later that year, participated as a co-lecturer of a presentation entitled “Something Within: African-American Women Pioneers in Hymnody and Gospel Music” for the Center for Arts and Religion in Education (C.A.R.E.).

Rev. Jefferson enjoys working with circles of learning and leadership to inspire hearts toward greater reflection, worship, and transformative action. She is also passionate about preaching and creating sacred liturgies and liturgical items customized for a variety of congregational, family, and community settings. It is her goal to engage in more of this creative work through her own venture, Rhythms of Grace Creations and in October of 2012, she realized her dream to conduct a concert of her own sacred compositions and arrangements.

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