Ecumenical Service August 6

Everyone is invited to participate in Princeton’s Joint Effort Safe Streets Program from August 4 to 13. Entitled “Looking Back and Moving Forward” it will focus on the historic role of the black church in the Witherspoon-Jackson (W-J) community. For details, click here.

A Joint Effort Princeton Ecumenical Service will be held at the Miller Chapel of the Princeton Theological Seminary at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 6. It will recall the stories of the black churches in Princeton in words and music.

“The black church in Princeton — including Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church, First Baptist Church of Princeton, Mt. Pisgah African Methodist Episcopal Church, and Morning Star Church of God in Christ — has a story of faith, leadership, history, and community service and is a treasure trove of events and personalities of the W-J community,” says lead organizer John Bailey, a Denver-based political who grew up in Princeton. He launched this celebration a decade ago.

A youth basketball clinic is scheduled for Friday, August 11 from 9 a.m. to noon on the Community Park courts, and the Pete Young Sr. Memorial Safe Streets Basketball Games will take place all day on Sunday, August 13, also on the CP basketball courts.

Other highlights include a time capsule ceremony; a critical issues discussion; awards ceremonies for area youth, elected officials, and community leaders; a golf long ball contest; an art and photography exhibit; a book signing and dialogue with Kathryn Watterson; a walking tour; a community concert; music and other entertainment; workout and conditioning sessions; and more. Here is the schedule.