Open heart, open mind

CHESTERTOWN — The lyrics of the 1971 song by the Five Man Electrical Band out of Ottawa, Ontario had it right, “Sign, sign, everywhere a sign.”


They’re all around us.

Figuratively and literally.

But to see them we must open our eyes, open our heart and open our mind.

These photographs were taken Friday afternoon, Feb. 2 on the street corner in front of Emmanuel Episcopal Church. It’s one of the most visible spots in downtown Chestertown, which is Kent’s county seat.

Feb. 2 was another dull and dreary day, in the coldest and darkest season of the year, but the messages in these signs are powerful, comforting, uplifting and forward-thinking.

The first is a quote from Cole Arthur Riley, the New York Times bestselling author of “This Here Flesh: Spirituality, Liberation, and the Stories that Make Us.”

She also is the creator of Black Liturgies, a project that integrates spiritual practice with Black emotion, Black literature and the Black body, and curator of The Center for Dignity and Contemplation.

February is Black History Month.

The Rev. Claire Nevin-Field joined Emmanuel Church in December of 2022 as the 34th rector of Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Chester Parish. Nevin-Field came to the priesthood in 2006 after a career as a nurse and nurse-midwife.

According to the oldest plaque on the church’s exterior, “In this church was held the first convention which proposed and adopted the name Protestant Episcopal Church, November 9 1780.”



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3 Responses

  1. Thank you, Trish. Been waiting for some kind of mention of these banners at Emmanuel. Bless you.
    Linda Parry

  2. Don’t forget the Peace signs every Friday right across the street from Emmanuel for the past six years 12 to 1pm.

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