Sunday, April 15, 2018


By Gregory & Ernest Disney-Britton
Romare Bearden's "The Prevalence of Ritual: Baptism" (1964). Collection: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966
This Spring, Romare Bearden's collage "The Baptism" is on view in a group exhibition at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in Charlotte, NC. Baptisms and funerals are two of the most important Christian rituals. Greg was baptized at Edgewood United Methodist in Indianapolis, and Ernest and our son Kai were baptized in Cincinnati churches:  Ernest at Trinity Missionary Baptist Church and Kai at Saint Anthony's Catholic Church. The two Cincinnati churches are only two blocks from one another, and this week we'll be visiting both. This Sunday morning, we'll celebrate Kai's 31st birthday during Mass at Saint Anthony’s, and on Tuesday, we will mark the passing of Ernest’s childhood best friend--David Warren, age 54 at Trinity Baptist Church. Such rituals are why Romare Bearden's "The Prevalence of Ritual: Baptism" is our news of the week.
David P. WarrenJune 30, 1963 - April 11, 2018
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"Baptism" (1975)
"Baptism" (1964)