Fri, 08 Nov 2013 04:42:58 +0000
Historic Metropolitan A.M.E. Church’s 175th Anniversary Events Culminate in Fall Revival, Homecoming Service
Anthony Hawkins or Alanna Taylor:
(202) 331-1426 –Church Office
What: Metropolitan A.M.E. Church culminates its 175th anniversary year with a Fall Revival and Homecoming service and celebration
When: Revival: Wednesday-Friday, November 13-15, night at 7:00p.m.
Who: (Guest ministers listed in the order in which they will appear during the week.)
Where: 1518 M Street, NW, Washington, D.C., only blocks from the White House.
Schedule of Events
Wednesday, November 13th
Rev. Dr. Frank M. Reid, III
Bethel A.M.E. Church, Baltimore
Thursday- November 14th
Rev Althea Hayward
Hemingway Memorial AME-District Heights, MD
Featured Choir: GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY GOSPEL CHOIR
The University Chapel Choir is the premier liturgical choral ensemble on campus and has established its reputation for providing excellence in sacred music both on campus and off. The choir sings a wide variety of SATB choral music from Palestrina to Durufle to Tavener. Membership is open to all who are associated with the university.
Friday, November 15th
Rev Matthew Watley
Reid Temple AME, North Campus, Allentown, MD
Featured Choir: GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY’S THE VOICE GOSPEL CHOIR
The Voice Gospel Choir is a non-audition, completely student-led choir. Due to the grace of God, the choir continues to grow abundantly. Even though The Voice consists of people from all different ethnic backgrounds, different branches of Christianity, and walks of life, we share one common love, and that is the love of God.
Sunday – November 17th, at 10:00 a.m. – One Service
Official Homecoming Service with Bishop John R. Bryant
Rt. Rev. John R. Bryant, Bishop of the 4th Episcopal District of the A.M.E. church and guest ministers Rev. Dr. Frank M. Reid, III (Bethel A.M.E. Church, Baltimore); Rev. Althea J. Hayward (Hemingway Memorial A.M.E. Church, District Heights, MD); Rev. Matthew L. Watley (Reid Temple A.M.E. Church, N. Campus, Allentown, MD, will join Senior Pastor, Rev. Dr. Ronald E. Braxton along with the membership of Metropolitan, the A.M.E. family and the community to join in this special moment in the church’s history.
About the Historic Metropolitan AME Church: Founded in 1838, Metropolitan—the “National Cathedral of African Methodism”— has a rich history of pioneering change, inspiring social activism and promoting advocacy to achieve justice for all people. It was formed by two existing churches: Israel Bethel A.M.E., founded in 1821 and Union Bethel A.M.E., also founded in 1838. The parent A.M.E. Church movement grew out of an anti–segregation protest in Philadelphia in 1787. Similarly, both Israel Bethel and Union Bethel began as a result of dissatisfaction among African Americans over racial segregation here in Washington at Ebenezer Methodist Episcopal Church. The name of the Church was officially changed to Metropolitan A.M.E. Church in 1872 at the Baltimore Conference.
Fri, 20 Sep 2013 01:43:05 +0000
VERNON JORDAN TO SPEAK AT METROPOLITAN AME CHURCH ON SEPTEMBER 22
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Trotter Collier
WASHINGTON; Vernon E. Jordan, Jr., noted author, lawyer, investment banker and former civil rights leader, will be the featured speaker at the Men’s Day Celebration at Metropolitan AME Church on Sunday, September 22. The congregation and community will convene in a single worship service at 10 a.m.
The special service, using the theme, “Mighty Men of Metropolitan: On the Solid Rock, Standing and Serving for 175 Years,” is part of Metropolitan’s year-long celebration of its l75-year history. Metropolitan, known as “the National Cathedral of African Methodism,” will also feature all men of the church, young and old; the Men’s Choir; presentation of the Legacy Award, and a full-course repast with musical entertainment. Rev. Ronald E. Braxton, senior pastor, invites the entire community to attend this signal event.
Jordan is a Senior Managing Director of Lazard Frères & Co. and Senior Counsel of the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. Earlier in his career, Jordan held positions that included: President and CEO of the National Urban League, Inc.; Executive Director of the United Negro College Fund, Director of the Voter Education Project of the Southern Regional Council and Georgia Field Director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. His presidential appointments include the President’s Advisory Committee for the Points of Light Initiative Foundation, the Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on South Africa and the Presidential Clemency Board; In 1992, he served as the Chairman of the Clinton Presidential Transition Team. He holds a number of corporate directorships and holds honorary degrees from more than 60 American colleges and universities. Jordan is the author of Vernon Can Read! A Memoir.
Free parking is available directly across from the church and at 1615 M St. NW.
Thu, 12 Sep 2013 04:57:52 +0000
Smithsonian’s Dr. Johnnetta Cole Featured Speaker at Historic Metropolitan A.M.E. Church
(Washington) Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole, director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art (NMAfA), will be the guest speaker at the historic Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church on Sunday, September 15, 2013, during a commemorative service beginning at 10:00 a.m. The church is located at 1518 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20005, only a few blocks from the White House. The spirit-filled service is being presented by Metropolitan’s Circles of Twelve. The 175th Church Anniversary theme is “ On the Solid Rock: We Stand. We Serve.” This event is one of several in a year-long celebration of this iconic church’s history and anniversary.
Dr. Cole was appointed to the NMAfA in March, 2009. She currently serves on the Scholarly Advisory Board for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, the construction of which will be completed on the National Mall by 2015. Before assuming her current position, Johnnetta Cole had a long and distinguished career as an educator and humanitarian. Through her work as a college president, university professor and through her published works, speeches and community service she has consistently addressed racial, gender, and all other forms of inequality.
Dr. Cole served as president of Spelman College and Bennett College for Women. She is the only person to have served as president of these two historically Black colleges for women in the United States. She is also Professor Emerita of Emory University from which she retired as Presidential Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, Women’s Studies and African American Studies.
Founded in 1838, Metropolitan was formed by two existing churches: Israel Bethel A.M.E., founded in 1821 and Union Bethel A.M.E., which was also founded in 1838. The parent A.M.E. Church movement grew out of an anti–segregation protest in Philadelphia in 1787. Similarly, both Israel Bethel and Union Bethel began as a result of dissatisfaction among African Americans over racial segregation here in Washington at Ebenezer Methodist Episcopal Church. The name of the Church was officially changed to Metropolitan A.M.E. Church in 1872 at the Baltimore Conference.
Fri, 23 Aug 2013 03:45:15 +0000
REV. AL SHARPTON TO SPEAK AT METROPOLITAN A.M.E CHURCH
Contact persons: Anthony Hawkins, Alanna Taylor
August 14, 2013
REV. AL SHARPTON TO SPEAK AT METROPOLITAN A.M.E CHURCH
ON AUGUST 25 FOR 50TH MARCH ON WASHINGTON ANNIVERSARY
Washington, D.C. -- The Rev. Al Sharpton, co-leader with Martin Luther King III of the 50th Anniversary March on Washington, host of MSNBC’S “Politics Nation” and National Action Network president, will be guest preacher at Metropolitan A.M.E. Church on Sunday, August 25. The congregation and community will convene in a single worship service at l0 a.m. as part of the commemoration of the 1963 March on Washington.
Metropolitan, located at 1518 M St. NW in downtown Washington and currently celebrating its 175th anniversary, is one of many local churches, mosques, synagogues and other organized religions and faiths who have signed on to help mobilize and host the “tens of thousands of persons” that the DC Host Committee for the March on Washington’s 50th Anniversary celebration anticipates will participate in the commemoration.
“We’re not celebrating. I hope that people gathering will awaken to the reality that we are not free,” said the Rev. Ronald E. Braxton, Metropolitan’s senior minister at an August 13 press briefing at the Civil War Museum sponsored by the DC Host Committee. “We’re still struggling for jobs, a decent education, for voting rights and the vote in Washington and for the right for a teenage boy to walk home and not be murdered.”
Rev. Sharpton, one of the national leaders of the March, has stated , “ While we celebrate all that was achieved in the 50 years since that march, we recognize that the “Dream” has not been fulfilled and the battle for justice is ongoing….The name of the march on August 24th is the “National Action to Realize the Dream March”.
Former freedom rider Rev. Reginald Green heads the March faith committee. Former DC Councilmember and veteran civil rights worker Dr. Frank Smith leads the D.C. Host Committee.
The community is invited to Metropolitan on Sunday, August 25. Free parking is available and the church is accessible by metro.