Simone Monique Barnes


  • Sometimes it snows in April

    I grew up in the northeast, where life is lived in four seasons. There’s summer, when it is hot and humid, sunny, and bright, equally tiring and energizing. There’s fall, with crisp air, apple picking, and landscapes adorned by trees of both evergreen and ever changing colors of leaves. There’s winter, when the joys of […]


  • Rejection, Rejected, Respond and Responsibility: Pauli Murray sermon

    Rejection, Rejected, Respond, and Responsibility: Pauli Murray sermon given by Simone Monique Barnes at St. James’ Episcopal Church, Austin TX, USA Sunday, September 22, 2019 during the 8am, 10:15am, and 5:30pm services By the rivers of Babylon Where he sat down And there he wept When he remembered Zion But the wicked carried us away […]


  • Sermon: Who is Calling Your Name?

    “Who is Calling Your Name?” Reflection and sermon by Simone Monique Barnes celebrating the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday, January 20, 2019 8am and 10:15am worship services St James Episcopal Church, Austin TX Hush. Hush. Somebody’s callin’ my name. Oh, Hush. Hush. Somebody’s callin’ my name. Hush. Hush. Somebody’s […]


  • Sermon: Grandma’s Hands

    I love Kwanzaa. Yesterday, I got to spend time with a group of friends who have become like family at our 5th annual Kwanzaa karamu. It’s a potluck dinner filled with kids, and adults, and elders, and lighting candles and good food…and spontaneous moments of drumming, and singing, and chanting, and remembering our ancestors. It […]


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  • Art of Community: EAST. Stop #94

    Join Simone and friends for this East Austin Studio Tour (EAST) event: THE ART OF COMMUNITY Saturday, November 18, 2017, 11am to 6pm, featuring the art and craft of Simone Monique Barnes, Cindy Elizabeth, Mahealani, Hermanitas, Arleen Polite, and more, at M-Station, Foundation Communities, 2906 E MLK Jr Blvd, Austin TX, 78702 (2nd floor, red […]


  • Sermon: Alexander Crummell

    Honoring Our Saint: The Reverend Alexander Crummell UBE Sunday – Sunday, September 17, 2017, 8am and 10:15am St James Episcopal Church, Austin TX, USA Sermon by Simone Monique Barnes   I want Jesus to walk with me I want Jesus to walk with me All along my pilgrim journey I want Jesus to walk with […]


Jasmine Baker

Hello! I am a photographer and designer living near Portland, Maine. When I am not posting to Instagram, you can find me shooting weddings and portraits.