St. Mary's is the home and meeting place of the Union of Black Episcopalians (UBE) in the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona.
The Union of Black Episcopalians stands in the continuing tradition of over 200 years of black leadership in the Episcopal Church.
Beginning with the establishment of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Philadelphia by Absalom Jones in 1794, through the election of Barbara Harris as Suffragan bishop of Massachusetts, there has always been a strong corps of black Christians in the Episcopal Church - people like James Holly, Henry Delaney, John Walker, Tollie Caution, Charles Lawrence, Deborah Harmon Hines, and countless others.
The Union of Black Episcopalians is a confederation of more than 55 chapters and interest groups throughout the continental United States and the Caribbean. The Union also has members in Canada, Africa and Latin America.
Mission & Vision
The mission and vision of UBE is to unite the diverse cultures, concerns and gifts of Black Episcopalians by providing preparation and encouragement for living the Baptismal Covenant and fully participating in the mission and governance of The Episcopal Church.
To create awareness within young men and women of African descent about the clergy vocation, to promote strong lay leadership among communities of African descent within TEC and the Anglican Communion. To ensure that black congregations are sustainable and viable within their vineyards, and to be a community of vigilance and action regarding matters of injustice, especially the effects of racism in the Church and society.
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The Arizona Chapter of the
Union of Black Episcopalians