Proclamation for Mother Susan's 20th Anniversary - June 12, 2016
The Reverend Susan G. McCann has served Grace Church since 1996, first as vicar, and when the congregation became a parish in 2000, she became the first rector.
Mother McCann's passion is justice-making. She works tirelessly for dignity, justice, and equality for all people. She is active in state and national levels to confront usurous lending practices of the Payday Loan industry, actively advocates for Medicaid Expansion in Missouri, supports efforts to raise the miniumm wage to a livable level and provide health insurance and other benefits to low-wage workers, advocates for immigration reform, and works for changes which would allow expansive early voting in Missouri. Mother McCann serves on the board of Communities Creating Opportunity (CCO), a faith-based community organizing agency in Kansas City and the Clay County African American Legacy. She is also a staunch supporter of LGBTQ persons and champions same-sex marriage rights in Missouri.
Mother McCann was among the founders and currently serves as chair of the Northland Justice Coalition, and has received many awards for her passionate pursuit of social justice, including the ML King, Jr. Day Invictus Award for Social Action, the Communities Creating Opportunity “Soul of the City of Kansas City Award,” the Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s “Spirit of Dr. King Award,” the Fellowship of the Concerned Joe Wally Community Service Award and the 2015 Bishop's Shield Award.
Mother Susan is one of the "Mediciad 23," a group of clergy pressing for Medicaid expansion in the State of Missouri who were arrested at the State Capitol in 2014 for interrupting the business of the Missouri Senate by praying and singing in the Senate Gallery and refusing to leave when ordered to do so by Capitol Police. The trial of the Medicaid 23 took place in Jefferson City August 15-18, 2016 and the "23" were found Not Guity of one charge, interrupting goverment business and Guilty on the charge of trespassing. The jury determined punishment as no jail time but a fine not to exceed $500 to be determined by the Court. An appeal of the guilty verdit is planned.
She is married to the Venerable John H. McCann who now serves with Mother Susan at Grace Church. They have a blended family of five adult children: Sara, a professor of English at William Jewell College; Richard, an senior port engineer who lives in California; Joshua, a second year medical student at Harvard; Andrew, a captain on the Oklahoma City Fire Department, and Rebecca, who teaches English in the Middle School at St. Paul's Episcopal Day School in Kansas City.
Mother Susan and Father John share their home and their love with Bear, a four year old Bernese Mountain Dog.
M.Div., Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, Austin, Texas
M.S.W., University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
B.A., Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts
A Note from Mother Susan:
Welcome to Grace Church!Grace Church is a warm, welcoming, inclusive community of faith. We are open-minded,fun-loving, justice-seeking, and relational. We are actively engaged in Christ's ministry of reconciliation as we seek to grow closer to God and to one another. Worshiping God in beautiful Episcopal liturgies and serving the world in Christ's holy name are foundational to this community of faith. Grace members have generous and caring spirits and reach out within the parish, in the surrounding communities, and throughout God's world in ways that are life-giving to both those who give and to those who receive. At Grace we are on a journey to become ever more fully the people whom God has created us to be. We seek, through prayer, study, and reflection to find ways to most authentically glorify God and to best love and serve God in one another and in the world around us. We offer radical hospitality to the stranger and infinite respect for all, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
I hope that you will join us on this exciting journey. Please worship with us this Sunday. If we can be helpful in any way please contact us. You can email me at email@example.com.
We look forward to welcoming you.
Faithfully in Christ,