Posted on: January 19th, 2017

When was the last time you checked out your medicine cabinet; or that shelf or drawer where you keep all of your over-the-counter medicines?  How many pain medications do you have?  Do you really need all of them?  Read on to find out about some natural pain killers that you will probably enjoy more…

FEED YOUR PAIN   By MustLoveFoods

Most pain medicines are derived from plants. So wouldn’t it be great if we could just start with the basics. Think how much better we would feel if we went straight to the source, using more “natural” pain killers without preservatives and fillers. So, if you have joint pain, try these below and see how you feel.

Green tea: Full of anti-oxidants that help block some tissue damage. Also, polyphenols suppress inflammation in arthritis (one to two cups/day).

Willow Bark: Aspirin, one of the strongest anti-inflammatory medicines is made from willow bark. It’s used for many types of joint pain (try 240mg/day).

Grapes: Grapes, especially red grapes contain RESVERATROL. This compound works to block production of inflammation (the same action as medications like Celebrex).  It also works as an anti-oxidant, too.  One cup of grapes/day will help (or a glass of red wine).


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

Posted on: January 13th, 2017


Posted on: December 31st, 2016

Start the nbishop-supervisor-davisew year in worship. Join us for one service at 10:30 a.m. as we observe the ritual of Holy Communion on Sunday, January 1, 2017.  We will welcome the presiding prelate of the Second Episcopal District, Bishop James Levert Davis and Supervisor Arelis Beevers Davis to our worship service.  Bishop Davis will deliver the sermon. Bishop Davis is the 123rd elected and consecrated bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church. He was elected to the office of bishop and consecrated at the 47th General Conference of the AME Church in 2004.  He served as the Presiding Prelate of the 19th Episcopal district of the church before being appointed to the Ninth Episcopal District in 2008.  In July 2016, he was appointed to the Second District, which includes Baltimore, Washington, Virginia, North Carolina and Western North Carolina. Prior to being elected Bishop, Davis served for twelve years as the pastor of historic Big Bethel AME Church in Atlanta, Georgia.

A reception will be held for Bishop Davis and Supervisor Davis immediately after service in Douglass Hall.

Church School will be held at 9 a.m.

Posted on: December 22nd, 2016


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Repairers of the Breach Announces a National Moral Revival Poor People’s Campaign Watch Night Service on New Year’s Eve

The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, the Rev. Dr. James Forbes Jr., the Rev. Dr. Traci Blackmon, Sister Simone Campbell, and the Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis are mobilizing religious leaders and moral activists into an interfaith, interracial, intergenerational “Moral Revival Poor People’s Campaign” in 2017 and 2018.


WASHINGTON – In light of the challenges facing America, Repairers of the Breach, a national organization that advances fusion politics and state-based moral movements, today announced it will host a “Moral Revival Poor People’s Campaign Watch Night Service” on New Year’s Eve. Religious leaders and moral activists will also hold a press conference that morning to call on President-elect Donald Trump to meet with them prior to the inauguration and to reject extremism and embrace a higher ground moral agenda. The press conference will be immediately followed by a teach-in at the National City Christian Church.


The watch night service grows out of “The Revival: Time for A Moral Revolution of Values” national 22-state tour, and calls on the nation to resist extremism and join the movement to advance state-based moral public policy agendas. The social justice event welcomes all including people of faith and those who may not be persons of faith but who have deep moral convictions. During the service, three moral declarations will be outlined including:



  • A call for people of conscience to make a moral decision to enlist in the fight against systemic racism, poverty, child poverty, extremism, denial of healthcare,  voter suppression, environmental injustice, xenophobia, unchecked militarism, anti-LGBTQ, and our current moment in history;
  • A call for a race and poverty audit of America;
  • A call for a national Moral Revival Poor People’s Campaign in 2017 and 2018 demanding that we address systemic policy-based racism, poverty, healthcare, and xenophobia.



The service will be broadcasted nationally via livestream ( and include sermons and testimonies from leaders of various social justice struggles, as well as people who have been personally impacted by these social justice issues. Religious leaders will commit not to retreat in this moment, and to stand up for state-based moral public policy agendas.


“In 1968, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and others knew the nation needed a Poor People’s Campaign to challenge extremism,” said the Rev. Dr. William Barber. “Today, we recognize that in order to challenge the extremist policies that are being proposed at the highest levels of government, which hurt the most vulnerable, we need a Moral Revival Poor People’s Campaign. Standing down is not an option. We must stand up and advance a moral movement in America, that can move beyond the limited language of left versus right politics, if we are going to save the heart and soul of our democracy,” he said.


“Now it should be clear to every citizen how prophetic Martin Luther King, Jr.’s words were when he said, America needs a radical revolution of values,” said the Rev. Dr. James Forbes. “Our moral revival seeks to reveal the actual values beneath the current anti-democratic policies, practices, and attitudes so blatantly displayed during the recent election campaign, and also to call the nation to a higher moral and spiritual plane to a set of values just and wise enough to enable us to sustain the rich heritage upon which our nation was founded.”


“The Poor People’s campaign, motivated by a desire for economic justice, began in 1968. At that time it was estimated that 40-60 million citizens were living beneath the poverty line and the idea was that all people should have what they need to live,” said the Rev. Dr. Traci Blackmon. “Here we are 49 years later, 2016, with similar numbers of impoverished people in our midst. If the incoming administration is to indeed establish itself as pro-life, efforts must extend beyond closing abortion clinics to health care coverage, living wages, and adequate food and housing for all,” she said.


“In these times, we are called to finish the unfinished business of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – to organize and unite the poor and dispossessed, and to build a new Poor People’s Campaign that will abolish poverty, racism, militarism and ecological devastation,” said the Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis. “Ending poverty and racism is possible even today. It is what we need and what our God of justice demands and commands,” she said.


The Watch Night Service is being held at the Metropolitan A.M.E. Church where President Obama attended services on the Sunday before his second inauguration. It’s also the site where the funerals of both Rosa Parks and Frederick Douglass were held.


The watch night service in 1862 was celebrated by enslaved and free African Americans, abolitionists, and others awaiting news that the Emancipation Proclamation would become law to free Blacks living in the South. The 2016 event brings together diverse communities in a shared fight against extremism and commitment to advance state-based moral public policy agendas.


Repairers of the Breach will be joined by Healing of the Nations Ministries, Union Theological Seminary, Auburn Theological Seminary, School of the Conversion, and the Kairos Center for Rights, Religions, and Social Justice.


Press Conference and Teach-In


Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, president and senior lecturer of Repairers of the Breach, architect of the Moral Monday Movement in North Carolina, and pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church

Rev. Dr. James A Forbes Jr., senior minister emeritus of The Riverside Church, president of Healing of the Nations Ministries, and national minister for the Drum Major Institute



National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW, Washington, DC 20005



Saturday, December 31, 10:00 a.m. (press setup available at 9:45 a.m.; teach-in to follow immediately after press conference)


Watch Night Service


Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, president and senior lecturer of Repairers of the Breach, architect of the Moral Monday Movement in North Carolina, and pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church

Rev. Dr. James A Forbes Jr., senior minister emeritus of The Riverside Church, president of Healing of the Nations Ministries, and national minister for the Drum Major Institute

Rev. Dr. Traci Blackmon, acting executive minister of the United Church of Christ’s Justice and Witness Ministries

Rev. Dr. Serene Jones, president of Union Theological Seminary

Rev. Dr. Katharine Henderson, president of Auburn Theological Seminary

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, director of School for Conversion

Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, co-director of the Kairos Center for Rights, Religions, and Social Justice



Metropolitan A.M.E. Church, 1518 M Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005



Saturday, December 31, 10:00 p.m. – midnight


Watch Night Service Livestream:


Watch Night Service Promo:


ICYMI: “Pushing back on Trump from day one,” via AM Joy,  MSNBC


ICYMI: Moral Mondays win “a key victory in North Carolina” via CNN


Repairers of the Breach is a national nonpartisan and ecumenical organization that seeks to build a public policy agenda rooted in a moral framework to counter the ultra-conservative constructs that try to dominate the public square.  Repairers of the Breach trains moral leaders across the nation in fusion politics, and supports their efforts to advance state-based, indigenously lead moral movements.


Posted on: December 22nd, 2016

What is your favorite color?  Personally, I go for the earth tones, brown-tan-burnt orange and all shades in between.  But did you know that when it comes to the foods you eat you should actually go for the most colorful fresh food items.  Read on to learn how eating colorful is also eating healthy…


  DON’T BE COLOR BLIND (When it comes to your food)  By MustLoveFoods

One of the great things about going to a farmers market or even your own garden is the amazing array of color. The signal that is sent to the brain can immediately draw you in.  The beautiful reds, greens and yellows can remind you of a bouquet of flowers picked on a beautiful spring day. Other colors can be flat, drab, almost depressing.  They won’t stimulate your appetite or your sense of spring.

But colors in foods have nutritional significance as well. The more colorful the food, the better it is for you.  It has more vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, and less fats, chemicals and preservatives. That’s why FRESH is always better. REAL FOOD versus boxed or bagged makes a REAL difference in how you look and feel every day.

So next time you go shopping, take a look around:

  • Apples, oranges, grapes (green and purple) – Great fiber, anti-oxidants and Vitamin C
  • Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries – anti-oxidants, resveratrol (for heart health)
  • Greens (spinach, kale, broccoli) – Vitamin K, iron and anti-inflammatory properties
  • Red and green bell peppers, beets – Potassium, phosphorus, calcium, iron, Vitamin A, beta carotene

And try to avoid:

  • Corn chips – salt, trans-fats
  • Cookies – Sugar, fats (saturated), chemical coloring, white flour
  • White bread, white rice, white potatoes – equivalent to just white sugar

Learn to be color blind in life, not with your food.


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

Posted on: December 17th, 2016

Elder BraxtonPlease plan to attend worship service at Metropolitan AME on Sunday, December 18, 2016.  Our Presiding Elder Ronald E. Braxton of the Potomac District, Washington Conference will preach both services. The first service will be held at 7:45 am and the second service at 11:00 am.  Elder Braxton was our pastor for 13 years before receiving his Presiding Elder appointment from Bishop William P. DeVeaux.   Elder Braxton served  as senior pastor of AME churches in Boston, Baltimore and Portsmouth, Virginia before being assigned to Metropolitan. We provide free parking on Sundays in the NEA lot located directly across the street from the church.

Posted on: December 15th, 2016

This article contains some great advice from Dr. Nikki regarding good foods that will fill you up and keep you healthy.  Don’t believe the hype that everything that is good for you taste bad.  These are things that you probably already eat; but need to eat more of and less of the bad stuff.  Read on…

FOODS TO FILL YOU   By MustLoveFoods

Have you ever noticed that no matter how much of some foods you eat, you’re never full? We all try to eat right and use portion control, but do we really eat RIGHT? It’s important to choose foods with good fats, fiber and protein to satiate your appetite; keep you full longer; and help you eat less.  It’s also important to start your day with breakfast (protein and fiber, not donuts and Pepsi) and not wait until lunch for your first meal. That’s the WORST way to try and lose weight. Here are a few foods that can get you on the right track:

EGGS: One of the few “complete” proteins we can enjoy. It has all 9 amino acids and only 60 calories. The protein can cut your appetite and keep you going for hours.

YOGURT:  Always a great choice for breakfast or snack. Add fresh fruit or nuts (fiber) to keep you full longer. Try to stick with Greek yogurt, it has less sugar and more protein than most other brands.

BEAN SOUP: Lots and lots of fiber! This slows the uptake of carbs (sugar) and helps prevent insulin resistance.  Also soups have large amounts of water which fills you up and prevents over eating.

FRUIT: Well not so much bananas, but try apples and pears (with the skin on, more fiber). You have to chew slowly, so they can take a while to eat, and you’ll get full faster. They also take time to digest, so you stay full longer. Add them to salads, oatmeal, or yogurt for a filling meal.

The key to feeling full and looking fabulous is CHOICES.  Every day, everything you put in your mouth can make a difference. Chose foods, change foods one at a time for long lasting health!!


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

Posted on: December 12th, 2016

Black Women for Positive Change
Preserving and Strengthening the Middle/Working Class 
 “Changing the Culture of Violence in America”
Dec. 12, 2016

S. Myers, 202-327-4301
Elizabeth Keckley Awards Presented to Leaders Working to Preserve and Strengthen American Middle/Working Class
On Wednesday, December 7, 2016, in Washington, D.C. Black Women for Positive Change (BW4PC) hosted their third “Elizabeth Keckley Awards” Ceremony.

Four honorees were saluted for their outstanding lifelong efforts to preserve and strengthen the American Middle/Working Class. Honorees were Eric Holder, 82nd Attorney General of the United States and Partner in Covington and Burlin; Rev. Aisha Karimah, former Director of Community Affairs, WRC/NBC TV, Washington, D.C. and Associate Minister for Social Justice, Metropolitan AME Church; John “Jake” Oliver, Publisher, Afro American Newspaper, celebrating its 125 Anniversary; and Stanley Jackson, President/CEO, Anacostia Economic Development, based in Washington, D.C.

The Elizabeth Keckley Awards™ are named for a woman who was born a slave in 1818, in Virginia, who managed to purchase her freedom and become the premiere clothing designer for Mrs. Abraham Lincoln. Mrs. Keckley is the symbol of Black Women for Positive Change, a national/global civic network working to “Change the Culture of Violence in America, and the World”; and to “Preserve and Strengthen the American Middle/Working Class.”

In a joint statement, Black Women for Positive Change Co-Chairs Delegate Daun S. Hester and Dr. Stephanie E. Myers said, “It is a pleasure to honor outstanding individuals with Elizabeth Keckley Awards, for their role in preserving and strengthening the middle, working classes. Our honorees have operated at the highest levels of government, media, business and faith institutions. The Honorable Eric Holder, Rev. Aisha Karimah, Stan Jackson and Jake Oliver are leaders of great stature and yet, they show great humility.

Our youth need to see men and women who place a priority on leading institutions, providing jobs, developing neighborhoods and teach principals of faith. We, the Black Women for Positive Change and our member Good Brothers salute our honorees.”

Among the BW4PC Members and guests who assembled for the reception were Judge Robert Wilkins, U.S. Court of Appeals and author of the “Long Road to Hard Truth: The 100 Year Mission to Create the Museum of African American History and Culture;” Kevin Judd, Esq., President of the National Bar Association; Dr. Ben Chavis, President of the National Newspaper Publishers Association; Denise Rolark Barnes, Publisher, Washington Informer; Dr. Elsie Scott, Founder and Director of the Ronald W. Walter Leadership and Policy Center; Louis Dubin, Partner, Redbrick, LMD, a development and investment firm; Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds, author of the newly released biography of Coretta Scott King, titled, “My Life, My Love, My Legacy;” Patricia Duncan, author of “A Defining Moment: Barack Obama: The Historical Journey to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue,” Dr. Hattie Washington, author of “Driven to Succeed;” and Dr. Birthhale Archie, Annette R. Gibson and Dr. Tribly Barnes-Green, representing the National Black Nurses Association.

For more information about Black Women for Positive Change go to

Honorable Eric Holder, 82nd Attorney General of the USA; Rev. Aisha Karimah, Associate Minister, Social Justice, Metropolitan AME Church; John “Jake” Oliver, Publisher Afro American Newspaper; Stan Jackson, President/CEO Anacostia Economic Development Corporation.
(Left to right) Kevin Judd, Esq. President, National Bar Association; Honorable Eric Holder, Karen Carrington, Co-Chair, Black Women for Positive Change, Media and Events; Dr. Stephanie Myers and Delegate Daun S. Hester, National Co-Chairs, Black Women for Positive Change.

Posted on: November 29th, 2016


More than three decades ago, the first known cases of HIV/AIDS sparked an epidemic in the United States — ushering in a time defined by how little we knew about it and in which those affected by it faced fear and stigmatization.  We have made extraordinary progress in the fight against HIV since that time, but much work remains to be done.  On World AIDS Day, we remember those who we have lost to HIV/AIDS, celebrate the triumphs earned through the efforts of scores of advocates and providers, pledge our support for those at risk for or living with HIV, and rededicate our talents and efforts to achieving our goal of an AIDS-free generation.   My Administration is committed to ending the spread of HIV and improving the lives of all who live with it. 

President Barack Obama, 2015 Proclamation

On Thursday, December 1, 2016 the world pauses to recognize World AIDS Day.  Its too important of a day to go by without an appeal.  Therefore, we offer a few reflections on the significance of the day and ways you can still become involved.   As requested by President Obama in 2015, let us pay tribute to those whom HIV/AIDS took from us too soon, and let us recognize those who continue to fight for a world free from AIDS.  Let us also recognize researchers, providers, and advocates, who work each day on behalf of people living with HIV, and in honor of the precious lives we have lost to HIV.  Together, we can forge a future in which no person — here in America or anywhere in our world — knows the pain or stigma caused by HIV/AIDS.

Five (5) Ways You Can Become Involved:

(1) Know your status: The only way to know your HIV status is to be tested. Locate testing sites in your area by accessing the CDC’s Get Tested interactive website. Here, you can find information on HIV, STD and Hepatitis testing sites near you.

(2) Select your words carefully-Avoid using language that has a negative connotation. Consider using preferred terms listed in this guide to do your part to reduce HIV-related stigma.

(3) Address bias and misinformation head-on. Bias towards HIV-infection can stem from lack of knowledge and awareness, or the desire to disassociate from those who are at high risk for getting HIV. The Body an online resource guide, provides tips and strategies to reduce bias and misconceptions associated with HIV/AIDS.

(4) Learn more about innovative strategies and biomedical advancements to reduce HIV-infections: Online prevention tools are available to increase your level of knowledge about HIV-prevention efforts, PrEP and research findings. Evidence-based, online educational tools such as Be-PrEPared offer relevant information about new strategies for preventing HIV-infection.

(5) Go beyond December 1 – Be persistent. Pledge to disseminate information about HIV/AIDS beyond World AIDS Day.   For tips and ideas, check out these infographics you can download and post to social media sites.


Posted on: November 22nd, 2016

Metropomessiah2016litan A.M.E. Church’s Music and Worship Arts Ministry and guests will present George Frideric Handel’s classic oratorio, Messiah, for the 40th time on Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.  in the sanctuary of the church. The guest conductor is Dr. Roland M. Carter, professor emeritus at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga and founder of and CEO of MAR-VEL, a publisher specializing in the music of African American composers and traditions.  This year’s soloists will include: Brandie Sutton, Soprano, Brittany Johnson, Mezzo Soprano, Devin Mercer, Tenor and Andrew Phillip-Xavier Smith.

In 1976, members of Metropolitan’s Cathedral Choir united their gifts and love of music to present Handel’s Messiah.  The purpose was to celebrate the birth of Christ and raise funds for the continued work and mission of Metropolitan.  Forty years later, this inspired tradition continues.  In addition to the presentation of the Messiah, this year’s presentation will include Rejoice: Hymns, Spirituals and Gospels to reflect the African American cultural traditions.

The presentation is open to the public.  As you consider supporting this year’s ministry of The Messiah, we ask that you review the various ways you can support our efforts to continue this tradition. Your monetary contributions will assist Metropolitan in continuing her legacy of offering meaningful ministry to the Washington, DC area. You may make a contribution through Eventbrite:

Thank you for your continued support, prayers and generosity.