Posted on: March 25th, 2017

Daniel Payne CDC “Achieving Financial Security: A Community Forum for Millennials and Beyond”,  April 29, 2017 – 9am-12 noon

The Society of Financial Service Professionals and the Daniel Alexander Payne Community Development Corporation (DAPCDC) will sponsor an event in Frederick Douglass Hall to address the financial needs of under-served young adults and their families in our community.  Learn what you need to know for yourself and for your family about saving |investing |life insurance | retirement and estate planning.

Free admission and parking

Posted on: March 20th, 2017

Media Contact:

Jackie Subar, AJC Goldman Bridge Fellow


Community Partners Celebrate Black-Jewish Relations at Annual Seder

Who (Partners/Sponsors):         

  • Greater Washington Urban League: Thursday Network
  • Metropolitan AME Church
  • Operation Understanding DC
  • Sixth & I Synagogue
  • Turner AME Church

What: 3rd Annual Black Jewish Unity Seder

 On March 28, 2017 DC’s African American and Jewish young professionals will come together for an evening of sharing and discussion while partaking in the Passover story; a message of freedom from slavery that both communities share. The evening marks the third year of such a Seder, a demonstration of both groups’ histories, struggles, and triumphs.

RSVP by March 23, 2017 at

Where: Sixth & I Historic Synagogue 600 I St. NW, Washington DC 20001

When:  Tuesday, March 28, 2017 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM


ACCESS, AJC’s New Generation Program, empowers Jewish young professionals to engage with today’s critical domestic and international issues. At the nexus between the Jewish community and the world, ACCESS reaches out to diplomats, opinion makers and young leaders of diverse religious and ethnic backgrounds. ACCESS empowers members to engage on Israel, Iran and the greater Middle East, and on challenges to civility, tolerance and democracy globally in a thoughtful and effective way.

 Greater Washington Urban League: Thursday Network

Thursday Network is the young professionals auxiliary of the Greater Washington Urban League.  Thursday Network heavily focuses on community service, civic engagement, and the personal and professional development of its membership body. It allows for the empowerment of young professionals that are between the ages of 21 through 40 to become leaders in their professions and their communities.

 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. Metropolitan’s mission is to embrace the beloved community through worship, liberation and service.


Operation Understanding DC

Operation Understanding DC‘s mission is to build a generation of African American and Jewish community leaders who promote respect, understanding and cooperation while working to eradicate racism, anti-Semitism and all forms of discrimination. Serving the DC Metropolitan community for over twenty years, OUDC’s award-winning program model brings together an annual cohort of Black/Jewish high school teens to explore heritage and history through biweekly learning sessions, travel from New York City through the Deep South on a month long Civil Rights Journey, and receive extensive training in speechmaking and facilitation with which to lead diversity and inclusion programming throughout the region.


Sixth & I Synagogue

At Sixth & I, what it means to be Jewish is up to you. With a multi-denominational and non-membership approach, identity and community intersect on your terms for a uniquely Jewish experience. Sixth & I’s 6th in the City program series offers a space for Jews in their 20s and 30s to connect—to Judaism, arts and culture, spirituality, and to each other.


Turner AME Church

Turner Memorial AME Church was founded in 1915 and is known as one of America’s historically black churches.   Its mission seeks to build people for God’s kingdom through the preaching of the Gospel, feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, providing homes for the homeless, jobs for the jobless and uplift for the fallen.



Posted on: February 25th, 2017

METROPOLITAN GIRL SCOUT TROOPS 2613 AND 3089 Metropolitan Girl Scout Troops 2613 and 3089 will celebrate Girl Scout Sunday on March 12 at the 11:00 am worship services. If you are a current member of another troop, please wear your Girl Scout uniform to church and plan to sit in the designated area with your sister Girl Scouts.

Girl Scout Sunday is celebrated by troops around the world and serves as the culmination of Girl Scout Week. The girls will be selling cookies following the 8:00 and 11:00 am services. Please stop by to buy a few boxes. Cookie sales fund the troop’s service to the community and other activities.

For additional information about joining a troop or volunteering, please contact Karla Bruce-Choice (

Posted on: February 25th, 2017









Metropolitan’s Sons and Daughters of Allen will again sponsor its Cultural Arts Festival on Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 12 noon -4:00 pm. The public is invited to enjoy delicious food, fantastic vendors and a delightful presentation: “A Cultural Explosion: Exploring the 1960s. The show will feature music, dance, literature and historical facts.

Come dressed in your 60s attire and participate in the fashion parade. Fun will be had by all.

For more information, contact Consentine Morgan or any member of the Sons and Daughters of Allen.

Posted on: February 18th, 2017

What do you know about Buckwheat and when was the last time you’ve eaten it?  Most people think Buckwheat is a cereal grain, but it is actually a seed.  More importantly, Buckwheat has many health benefits, and it can be used as a substitute for less healthier foods.  Read on and learn the facts…


Despite its name, Buckwheat does not contain wheat. It’s a seed that can be used to replace wheat or rice products.  It is also gluten free, which makes it even more appealing.  It easy to digest and has lots of health benefits.  Most importantly, it fills you up without causing bloating.  Other benefits of Buckwheat include:

-High in anti-oxidants: Free radicals we make everyday can sometimes cause serious diseases. Buckwheat can prevent radicals from causing damage to healthy cells, preventing heart disease and even some cancers.

-High in fiber: The fiber content in Buckwheat causes your blood sugar to rise slowly, so you don’t crash and burn after eating it. It also helps you feel full longer, enhances your digestion and removes toxins.

-High in protein: A lot of seeds and grains have high percentages of protein. One cup of Buckwheat has almost half the daily requirement of protein. So if you decide to step away from the meat and dairy, you can still get high quality protein for muscle health.

-High in minerals: Strong teeth and bones require minerals like calcium and zinc. Both found in high concentrations in Buckwheat. It can also help tissue with damage and repair.

-Lowers blood sugar: Eating Buckwheat increases glucose (blood sugar) slowly which is good for people with diabetes and insulin resistance. Also, a compound known as Chiro-inositol can directly lower glucose after a meal.

So the next time you want a good source of carbs with fiber and antioxidants, pass on the corn or rice and try this nutty, warm “comfort food”. Enjoy!


Compiled by the Lorraine Gillian Commission on Health, Metropolitan A.M.E. Church, with primary content from Dr. Nikki Martin’s Blog –

Posted on: February 18th, 2017

On Friday, February 24, 2016, the Metropolitan AME Church School will hold its Black History Month Celebration. The Theme of the Celebration is the 2017 theme set by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History: “The Crisis in Black Education”.  We are pleased that the University of the District of Columbia Chorale, conducted by Professor Richard Odom will be performing.  Dinner will be served at 6:30 pm in Douglass Hall, and the program will begin at 7:15 pm in the sanctuary.  Park at the PMI Garage, 1615 M Street, NW and bring your ticket to the church to validate for free parking.  The program is open to the public.  Celebrate Black History Month by bringing your whole family. 

Posted on: February 6th, 2017

Mark your calendars, and plan to participate in the Health & Wellness Seminar: Spiritual and Health Benefits of Fasting Highlighting Key Elements of the Daniel Fast Plan. The Scriptural text is Daniel 1:12; 10:2-3. The event will take place on Saturday, February 18, 2017, from 10:00AM – Noon in Douglass Hall. Sponsored by the Women’s Ministry Lecture Series in Partnership with the Dr. Lorraine Gillian Health Commission, the event is a free intergenerational seminar for all persons–not just for women.

The presenter Dr. Ruby Lathon is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist and holistic health and wellness expert. She is also the creator of Roadmap to Holistic Health.

For further information, you may contact Rev. Dr. Sandra Shands-Strong, Co-Chair of the Women’s Ministry Lecture Series at or Rev. Moya Harris, Executive Minister and Minister to Women at

Posted on: February 6th, 2017


The Kelly Lay Organization will celebrate its annual day on Sunday, February 12, 2017 during the 11:00 am worship service.  Dr. Elsie L. Scott, a Steward at Metropolitan AME, will be the guest speaker. Dr. Scott currently serves as the Director of the Ronald W. Walters Leadership and Public Policy Center at Howard University.  She formerly served as President and CEO of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.

Please come out and help us celebrate this event. Free parking is provided each Sunday morning in the NEA garage directly across the street from the church.


Posted on: February 6th, 2017

February is American Heart Month…

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease.

The good news is that Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to create opportunities for people to make healthier choices.

Make a difference in your community: Spread the word about strategies for preventing heart disease and encourage people to live heart healthy lives.

You can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease. To lower your risk:

  • Watch your weight.
  • Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
  • Control your cholesterol and blood pressure.
  • If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
  • Get active and eat healthy.


Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain. 

Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach. 

With or without chest discomfort

May include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

For more information regarding warning signs; how you can prevent heart disease; and what you can do to get involved and be the cure, please go to the American Heart Association website at:


Compiled by the Lorraine Gillian Commission on Health, Metropolitan A.M.E. Church, with primary content from


Posted on: January 19th, 2017

Members of the Youth & College division of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will gather for an early morning rally Saturday to launch a new era of activism and stand against threats to voting, civil rights, education and more under the new administration.

Leaders of the youth wing of the civil rights organization, along with partners in Justice League New York and the Empowerment Movement will join together at the “People’s Inauguration” rally at Metropolitan AME Church  on Saturday, January 21 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The rally will re-unite allies and partners who helped register thousands of new and young voters during the 2016 election with the goal to launch a new era of activism and protest against potential threats to civil rights under the new administration. During the meeting, attendees will begin collaborating to unite together and stand for a progressive policy agenda in the coming months and years.

The new initiative, called #StayWokeAndFight, will involve direct actions, protests and other activism to oppose threats to civil rights, education investment, criminal justice reform and other areas of concern.

Event Speakers will include:

  • Jidenna, Grammy Recording Artist
  • Cornell William Brooks, President & CEO, NAACP
  • Stephen A. Green, National Youth and College Director NAACP
  • Symone D. Sanders, CNN Political Correspondent
  • Jamal Bryant, Pastor, Empowerment Temple AME Church
  • Tamika Mallory, Principal, Mallory Consulting
  • Linda Sarsour, Executive Director, The Arab American Association of NY
  • Carmen Perez, Executive Director, The Gathering for Justice/Justice League
  • Rashad Drakeford, Director of Content, Revolt TV
  • Derick Dailey, President, National Black Law Students Association

After the rally, members will join the Women’s March on Washington at Independence Ave and Third Street SW, which will also be attended by NAACP President Cornell William Brooks. Stephen Green, the NAACP’s Youth Division Director is the lead organizer of the People’s Inauguration event.