Friday, January 23, 2009

Obama's Election Sparks Hope for Two Churches Separated on Racial Grounds

The New York Times has an interesting article on the healing that may be resulting at two churches in our nation's capital city as a result of the election of the nations first Black President.  In the article, "2 Churches, Black and White, See Inaugural Hope," the author recounts a story of two churches on Capitol Hill in Washington that, at one time, were one.  But these churches separated several years ago along racial grounds so that now there are two churches - one predominately White (Capitol Hill United Methodist Church - formerly Ebenezer Methodist Church) and the other predominately Black (Little Ebenezer Methodist Church).  Here is an excerpt from the article:

A few years back, the bishop of the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church ordered these churches, sundered by the sin of racism, to reconcile. Congregants broached tender questions of race, and this weekend they joined as a youth group from Maryland spread its sleeping bags at Ebenezer while Capitol Hill volunteers fed and cared for them.

“Our bishop called upon us to offer radical hospitality, and we want to reflect both our history and the change,” said the Rev. John M. Blanchard Jr., 65, the pastor at Ebenezer. “There is a providential nature to the fact that it is Obama.”

For the entire story, see "2 Churches, Black and White, See Inaugural Hope," in the January 19, 2009, issue of the New York Times.

DAB

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