“How Langston Hughes and Howard Thurman Found Divinity in Pacific Heights” is the topic during the adult education hour at 9 a.m. at Calvary Presbyterian Church, 2515 Fillmore St., on Oct. 6, World Communion Sunday in the third week of the church’s four-week focus on the topic of race.
Synod of the Pacific Commissioner John William Templeton leads the session. A ruling elder at St. John’s Presbyterian Church in Presidio Heights, he represents the four-county Presbytery of San Francisco through 2015.
He is curator of Students and Scholars Marching for Civil Rights: the 50th anniversary of the United San Francisco Freedom Movement; JazzGenesis: San Francisco and the Birth of Jazz and Gold Rush Abolitionists: the California Movement to Emancipation, all of his Year of Jubilee trilogy.
Templeton will also participate in a Q&A during the 11 a.m. worship hour and give an hour-long talk on Cakewalk: an historical novel about the unsung creators of jazz at 5 p.m. before Calvary’s 6 p.m. jazz worship service, which will feature John Turk and the Glide Ensemble.
A fourth generation Presbyterian elder, Templeton is author of Come to the Water: Sharing the Rich Black Experience in San Francisco, Our Roots Run Deep: the Black Experience in California, Vols. 1-4, Cakewalk: an historical novel about the unsung creators of jazz; Black Heritage as Gap Closer: Educator Capacity to Provide Culturally Responsive Instruction in California Social Sciences and wrote “African-Americans in the West” for the Oxford Encyclopedia of African-American History.