Archive for November, 2011

Journalist Gwen Ifill and 173 Voices Feature of
Handel’s Messiah on December 4

Posted on: November 29th, 2011 by admin

WASHINGTON—Journalist Gwen Ifill and a cast of gifted vocalists, instrumentalists and a 173- voice choir will be featured when Handel’s Messiah is presented at the newly-renovated Metropolitan A.M.E. Church, 1518 M Street N.W. on Sunday, December 4 at 5 p.m.

In celebration of Metropolitan’s l73rd Anniversary Season, 173 “Connectional” voices — singers from various denominations, high school and college students, and the Metropolitan Arts Partners Program —will perform the beloved oratorio by George Frideric Handel. Metropolitan is the denomination’s National Cathedral of African Methodism.

Ms. Ifill, one of the nation’s leading journalists, is moderator and managing editor of “Washington Week” and senior correspondent for “The PBS NewsHour” and will serve as moderator. The presentation, which marks the beginning of the Advent Season, will be webcast for the first time. Read the full press release. . .

Metropolitan Buries Historic Time Capsule

Posted on: November 22nd, 2011 by admin

Time Capsule BurialA record of the faith, hopes and dreams of thousands of members of Metropolitan AME Church over the past 173 years was entombed for posterity when the church buried its historic time capsule on Sunday, November 20. The event was covered by Hamil Harris of the Washington Post:

The Metropolitan AME Church’s spirited “homecoming” service Sunday concluded with the D.C. congregation’s children placing items important to the church’s 173-year history into a time capsule that will be opened in more than 100 years.

Church members put hymn books and church records into a silver vault, along with photographs from President Bill Clinton’s inaugural prayer service, Rosa Parks’s funeral and the day President Obama and his family came to worship.

“It is so important in the history of African America that we not only preserve our history, but we lift up our future,” said the Rev. Ronald E. Braxton, the church’s pastor. “This time capsule talks about the 173 years that we have been in this city, and we have made a tremendous contribution.” Read more . . .