National City Christian Church will be the site of a lecture and dedication of the Oscar Haynes Exhibit celebrating African American contributions to church and society from the 19th century to the present. Sponsored by the Disciples of Christ Historical Society, the lecture will be held in the church sanctuary at 7:00 Saturday evening, November 4. The speaker will be the Rev. Dr. Delores Carpenter, recently retired professor of religious education at Howard University Divinity School. Dr. Carpenter, an ordained minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), is a well-known teacher, preacher, and church leader, and will speak on the life and work of the Rev. Carnella Jamison Barnes and her ministry with the National Christian Missionary Convention. A reception will follow the program.
Sunday morning worship on November 5, All Saints Sunday, will begin at 10:00 with the Rev. Terri Hord Owens as guest preacher. Rev. Owens is the recently installed General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and as with many African American young people was mentored by Oscar Haynes. The dedication of the Haynes Exhibit will follow the worship service. Mr. Haynes (1916-2014) was a dedicated churchman and civic rights leader in the Washington D.C. area. Part of his professional career was as a journalist with the Afro American Newspapers where his voice and his personality carried influence well beyond Washington. The Disciples of Christ Historical Society is pleased to establish this Exhibit on permanent loan to National City Christian Church.
After the dedication service, a brunch buffet will be provided for those in attendance along with time to view the exhibit. All events on Saturday and Sunday are free and open to the public.