“We’re not a Black church or a White church. We’re just a church,” the Rev. Darrell Cummings
The story features the Rev. Darrell Cummings, a Black pastor in Wheeling, W.Va. who has fostered a church so racially diverse and charitably minded it may be nationally unique given Wheeling’s small and overwhelmingly White population.
It went live electronically today and will release in print Dec. 5. Ironically, because the story package is part of an edition that examines the loss of local news as American newspapers continue to buckle financially, you can read the story for free if you use an email account to sign in.
The story of Bethlehem Apostolic Temple is a beautiful one, indeed, as are the photographs taken by Rebecca Kiger, who, oddly enough, is my neighbor.
This was a blessing to write and, I hope, a blessing to read. Thank you to the Rev. Cummings, the good folks at Bethlehem Apostolic Temple, Rebecca Kiger, editor Alexa McMahon and the rest of the team at Washington Post Magazine for bringing this story into the light of day.
Yes, feeling thankful in so many ways! Have a blessed Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year, dear blog friends!