Windermere Union Church, United Church of Christ, will celebrate Black History Month during its weekly 10 a.m. services on every Sunday in February.
During these services, sermons by the Rev. BartonBuchanan will contain information about black history and accomplishments.
Music, under the direction of KevinHarris, music director of the church, will include many African-American classic spiritual hymns and gospel music. In addition, several well-known African-American artists from the area will perform along with the church’s praise team.
The United Church of Christ has long been a supporter of social justice and equality for all people. The forebears were the first mainline church to take a stand against slavery as early as 1700, and of all the mainline Protestant denominations, the U.C.C. ordained the first African-American as a minister, as well as the first woman in 1853. In 1897, a Congregationalist, which later became part of the U.C.C., was an early leader of the social gospel movement which takes literally Jesus’ commandment to “Love your neighbor as yourself” and denounced injustice and exploitation of the poor.
The church is located at 10710 Park Ridge-Gotha Road, Windermere. For more, call (407) 876-2112 or visit windermereunion.org.