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Bethel AME Hosts Free Seminar: Mission of the Church

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On Saturday April 15, 2006 Bethel A.M.E. Church of Fontana, under the leadership of Rev. John E. Cager III, will host a free seminar entitled “Through the Storm: The History, Music, and Mission of the Black Church.” The event will take place in the church sanctuary located at 16262 West Baseline Avenue in Fontana, California from 9:30am-2:30pm. Lunch will be included free of charge. The workshop will be conducted by nationally acclaimed educator, historian, and author Dr. Daniel E. Walker.

A “Praise and Education” event, the seminar will discuss African spirituality, slave religion and spirituals, the creation of African American religious denominations, Black preaching styles, gospel music, and the role of the church in the Civil Rights and Black Power movements. The seminar will also examine the prophetic role of the Black church historically in an attempt to inspire a new generation of social change agents.

A crowd-pleasing speaker and educator, Dr. Walker holds a doctorate in History with distinction from the University of Houston. The author of No More, No More: Slavery and Cultural Resistance in Havana and New Orleans and the founding director of the Gospel Music History Project, his writings o­n history, music, art, and religion have appeared in scholarly journals, newspapers, and popular magazines across the nation. According to the Rev. Dr. Cecil “Chip” Murray, former pastor of First A.M.E. (FAME) Church in Los Angeles, “Dr. Daniel Walker walks with the faith that springs from that old time religion. He is as contemporary as the new century demands, yet as foundational as true conversion demands.”

Co-sponsored by Bethel Community Outreach and the Black Voice News, Through the Storm is part of a larger ministry of education and exhortation through Perfect Works, a divinely inspired effort to bring high quality arts, technology, and educational programming to the body of Christ.

To RSVP for the the April 15th seminar or to schedule a Perfect Works lecture, sermon, or seminar for your congregation please call BLU Educational Services at 909-820-2827 or go to www.perfectworks.org.

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