Posted on: April 17th, 2015

Cantate Chamber Singers presents A  Concert Meditation on Civil Rights in America
Sunday, April 19, 5:00 p.m. at Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C.
Cantate to share historic venue with jazz a cappella virtuosos Afro Blue of Howard University in a concert that reaches across musical styles and generations
Featuring spirituals, jazz, and songs of courage and consolation from “Precious Lord” to Mary Lou Williams’s Mass for Peace, U2’s “MLK” and
the timely world premiere of Rise by Judah Adashi with text by Tameka Cage Conley
Special appearance by Gwen Ifill
On Sunday, April 19 at 5:00 p.m., Cantate Chamber Singers—hailed for 20 years of innovative programming under Music Director Gisèle Becker—will finish an adventurous 30th Anniversary Season at the historic Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1518 M Street, N.W., in Washington, D.C.
Cantate is thrilled to team with jazz a cappella guest artists Afro Blue of Howard University in A Concert Meditation on Civil Rights in America. In individual sets, Cantate and Afro Blue will perform classic spirituals such as “Precious Lord,” dazzling and reflective jazz (including an excerpt from Mass for Peace by jazz great Mary Lou Williams), arrangements of Bill Withers’s “Lean on Me” and U2’s “MLK,” and other works that evoke the astonishingly rich musical heritage of the Civil Rights movement. Then the two groups will join in unveiling Rise, a newly commissioned work for double chorus and chamber ensemble by Baltimore-based composer Judah Adashi setting poems by Tameka Cage Conley.
For his commission, Adashi proposed a piece inspired by his longstanding interest in the Civil Rights Movement. Soon he came to the conclusion that the piece he envisioned would require new words by a young American poet, and he approached Dr. Tameka Cage Conley, whom he’d met when both were in residence at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, about writing the text. “I got to hear Tameka read her extraordinary poetry in summer 2013, and we had many late-night conversations about race and politics in America. Her words are the beating heart of Rise,” he said.
Rise has taken shape, Adashi added, as a “a reflection on the journey from Selma to Ferguson and beyond—a celebration of and reckoning with the Civil Rights movement of the 20 century, refracted through the unimaginable triumphs and horrors of the 21st.”
Another concert highlight will be a special appearance by renowned journalist Gwen Ifill.
Cantate Chamber Singers is proud to be joined by Afro Blue and, with Rise, to welcome another work to the major commissions the group has already helped add to the choral repertoire. These include Andrew Earle Simpson’s visionary wedding oratorio A Crown of Stars and Maurice Saylor’s brilliant setting of Lewis Carroll, The Hunting of the Snark (available on Albany Records and Naxos, respectively).
“The release of the movie Selma honoring the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act,” Becker said, “makes our commission all the more important as a musical acknowledgement of a benchmark in American history.”
Tickets for the April 19 concert ($35 general admission, $45 premium seats in the first few rows, $15 students with ID) are available at, 301-986-1799, or at the door. Under a new admissions policy, children ages 18 and under are invited to attend free of charge.
WHEN: Sunday, April 19, 5:00 p.m
WHAT: Cantate Chamber Singers presents A Concert Meditation on Civil Rights in America featuring Afro Blue
WHERE: Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1518 M Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.
TICKETS: $35-45, students w/ ID $15, 18 and under free. Available at, 301-986-1799, or at at the door.

Posted on: April 17th, 2015

It is that time again! Youth Sunday is coming back to Metropolitan on Sunday June 14th, and we will be recognizing all who are graduating from high school, college, trade school, graduate and professional schools.  If you are a 2015 graduate, please click the Graduate Information Form so we may celebrate your accomplishment.  Contact Dakarai Aarons ( ) if you have questions or need additional information.

Posted on: April 17th, 2015

Most of us think of food as only to eat; a source of nutrients to give us energy and to keep us healthy (and sometimes to even overindulge).  But if you stop to think about it, foods can be used for other purposes.  Read on to find out what foods can be used for medicinal purposes, for smoother skin, and so much more…


New Way To Lose Weight: Use Your Food by Must Love Foods


There are lots of ways to enjoy the abundance of foods we see each day, but did you ever stop to think about what other uses these foods may have? Many foods are medicinal in nature, and most synthetic drugs start as plants in the wild. Here are a few examples:

  • Milk – Some women have a “peaches and cream” complexion. Maybe it’s because you can use milk to wash your face. It also takes down swelling and puffiness.
  • Honey- As sweet as it is, honey also works as an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial. You can put it on an open wound for healing as well as on acne to dry it up and decrease irritation.
  • Oatmeal- Your favorite breakfast food can also be used as a facial mask (to tighten skin when mixed with honey or egg whites). Soaking in a warm tub with oatmeal (although hard to clean) takes the irritation out of skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis and even poison ivy.


So do some research and check out all the things your food can do!


Posted on: April 17th, 2015

Our year of prayer and fasting is coming to an end. If you have not fasted and prayed, we are looking to hear from you. If you have participated, but want to join us one more time before the year ends, please email the date you would like to pray and fast to We have dates available in May. Help spread the word. Forward this information to other members of Metropolitan. We are trying to reach everyone!

Posted on: April 17th, 2015

The Ethel P. Hall Club is preparing for its second Jazz Vespers on Saturday, June 6 in Douglass Hall.  More information on ticket sales and performing artists will be forthcoming.

Posted on: April 13th, 2015

The Public Relations Commission is conducting a survey of the membership to evaluate our internal communications methods.  A copy of the survey along with a letter from Pastor Lamar has been mailed to each member and an electronic mailing was sent from the church office.  If you do not receive a copy, please contact the church office.

We have made your response simple by creating an electronic survey.  Please use this link to submit your survey without incurring postage costs or having to remember to bring it to the church:

Thank you for your participation.

Public Relations Commission

Posted on: April 10th, 2015

HBCU Sunday 2015On Sunday, April 12, Metropolitan AME will observe HBCU Sunday with the theme; “United We Stand, Divided We Fall, Support of HBCUs Starts with Us” during the 11:00 am service. Dr. Ivory Toldson, Deputy Director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities will be our special guest.  Dr. David Wilson, president of Morgan State University will be worshiping with us.  This Sunday has been set aside to celebrate HBCUs, pillars of our community, while showing support for their continued survival.   We hope you will join us and invite your friends and family members to do the same.

Posted on: April 10th, 2015

Rev. Shively Smith

This year’s theme is “Sisters In the Spirit”, Scripture – Proverbs 31:31.  The colors are turquoise blue and mustard yellow.


Women’s Day Brooches – Engage, unify and inspire the women of Metropolitan AME church, while positioning Metropolitan as a convener to further encourage collaboration among women leaders in the Washington DC community; Sisterhood, Service, Spirit. .  As a form of solidarity the Women’s Day committee will be selling brooches. Please see a committee member for more details.


Weekly Prayer Call – Calling all women of Metropolitan. Please join us for prayer Tuesday mornings at 6:00 am.  The call in number is (712) 432-1500, access code, 795240#.  The prayer should be NO LONGER than five minutes.  In keeping with the theme of intergenerational ties, prayer leaders come from all age ranges.

An Afternoon of Gospel and Jazz, Saturday, April 18, 2015, 4:00-6:00 pm in Douglass Hall. The cost is $35 per person. You may purchase your tickets online at


Women’s Day Service, Sunday, April 26, one service, 10:15 am.  Rev. Shively Smith, Assistant Professor of New Testament at Wesley Theological Seminary, will be the guest preacher.  Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby will be our special guest.

Posted on: April 10th, 2015

You are invited to walk and/or run at your own pace with the Komen Race for the Cure Team from MetropolitanSaturday, May 9, 2015.  Please click on the link to register as a member of our team, “MAMEC – Washington, DC.”  If you are unable to walk or run the 5K event, you can still participate by making a contribution at the same site.


Our team will gather at the southeast corner of 14th and G Streets, NW.  at 7:50 a.m., all who have met with us at the corner will proceed to the starting point of the event near 15th and Constitution Avenue, NW.  Each participant is responsible for her/his online or mail registration.


Locally, Komen’s fundraising has benefited “98 research grants to scientific researchers in the National Capital Region, including Georgetown University, The Institute of Medicine, Howard University, and The George Washington University among others.” Detailed information listing the organizations that have benefited from Komen’s efforts can be found on the website:

Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure® Announces More than $1.8 Million in New Grants for National Capital Region | Susan G. Komen®

Posted on: April 3rd, 2015





Come worship with us as we celebrate the Resurrection of Christ on Sunday, April 5, 7:45 am and 11:00 am; Church School Easter Celebration, 9:30 am.