On Sunday, June 27, Bishop Susan Haynes will be back with us for the 10:15 Holy Eucharist to celebrate the designation of the Honorable Reverend Dr. Joseph N. Green, Jr., as Canon Theologian of Christ & St. Luke’s.

Father Green has left an indelible mark on the city across many generations. He earned his theology degree from the University of the South in 1965, one of the first two African Americans to graduate from The School of Theology at Sewanee in the midst of a time when the odious practices of Jim Crow were much in evidence. Today, his portrait hangs in the lobby of the Administration Building at The School of Theology, a fitting tribute to one of its most distinguished graduates.

Serving as Rector of nearby Grace Episcopal Church, Father Green led one of the most dynamic congregations in the diocese for 30 years. After serving on the Norfolk School Board, he was the first African American since Reconstruction to be elected to the Norfolk City Council where he served for twenty years, ten as Vice Mayor.

Father Green helped lead a transformational period in the city’s history as a civil rights leader and a fighter for justice and equal rights. He led the the effort to preserve the Church Street Historic District and the Attucks theatre, sacred to African American history and culture in Hampton Roads. He is the embodiment of our baptismal covenant to “strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being.’

His efforts to promote affordable and accessible housing and education have changed the city forever. He was a strong proponent of mass transit, championed the inclusion of a public housing tenant on the Housing Commission and was instrumental in the establishment of the downtown campus of Tidewater Community College.  

At 95, Father Green is still speaking truth to power with compassion and humility. Christ & St. Luke’s is profoundly honored to welcome Fr. Green and Mrs. Evelyn Green to our community. As Canon Theologian and a member of our clergy staff, Fr. Green will teach and guide us as we seek to be a more welcoming and inclusive church.

Upcoming Events

Event Series Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Christ & St. Luke's 560 West Olney Road, Norfolk, VA, United States
Hybrid Hybrid Event

We look forward to worshiping with you this Sunday! Childcare is available during the 10:15 service. This includes nursery and Children’s Chapel. Get details about this week's childcare options at christandstlukes.org/weekly-announcements.…

Event Series Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer

Virtual Event Virtual Event

Centering prayer is a quiet, contemplative practice that helps us deepen our experience of the presence of God. This group meets virtually via Zoom on Sunday afternoons. Join the group…

Sing We Nowell

Christ & St. Luke's 560 West Olney Road, Norfolk, VA, United States

Celebrate the holidays with the Virginia Chorale! In honor of the 20th anniversary of NATO's Allied Command Transformation in Norfolk, the Chorale will perform carols and holiday favorites by composers…

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