Posts by Govans Staff

Posts by Govans Staff

Black Baltimore artists sought to design new art for Sanctuary

The Racial Justice Committee has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for art work to supplement the window at the front of our sanctuary. Artwork will be hung on both sides of the window. Our desire is to portray a welcoming and inclusive community in our worship space. Please distribute the attached RFP to any interested Black artists who reside in Baltimore. Deadline for submission is March 11, 2024. Submissions and questions can be directed to Patreena Parsons, govansart@gmail.com.

Rev. Robert C. Galbraith: A Case Study of the Ministry – Antebellum Through the Civil War (Part 1)

by Myra Brosius Among our many ministers, Robert C. Galbraith holds a distinctive place. Beginning in 1853, he served Govans for twelve years leading up to and through the Civil War. By many accounts, he was a bright, industrious, and dedicated minister. One of Rev. Galbraith’s most compelling qualities was his call to minister to “negroes” during our country’s tragic era of slavery. Equally intriguing is a personal scandal involving race that arguably, may have contributed to his leaving Baltimore…
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Pastor Tom’s Statement on BLM Sign Vandalism

On Sunday afternoon, August 27th the Black Lives Matter sign displayed by our church, Govans Presbyterian, was vandalized. The banner had been vandalized once before and lovingly repaired by a church member. We recently had our Pride Flag stolen as well. Other churches in the area displaying similar messages of love and diversity affirming symbols have had similar acts of vandalism. We live in a society in which values are communicated in images, symbols, and sound bytes. As a church…

WYPR’s “On the Record” features Govans’ “Juneteenth Jubilee”

WYPR’s On the Record with Sheilah Kast featured our Juneteenth Jubilee celebration, happening June 12, 2023! This multi-genre concert (classical, jazz, blues, gospel, spirituals, ragtime, folk, etc.) will feature music composed by or for African-American musicians. It is being organized by Jonathan Jensen, bassist for the award winning Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Lea Gilmore, First Service Music Director and Minister for Racial Justice and Multicultural Engagement.

Govans to visit Harriet Tubman’s Birthplace and Museum on June 17

The Racial Justice Ministry has planned a visit to Harriet Tubman’s birthplace on the Eastern Shore Saturday, June 17, (rain date, June 24). We will leave in carpools at 9:30 a.m. from the Govans parking lot and travel to Church Creek, MD. and begin at the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park. We will enjoy our lunches (brought from home) in a park pavilion and tour the museum. From there wewill visit Brodess Farm where Harriet was born into slavery…

Palm Sunday Choral Program – featuring world premiere of piece by B.E. Boykin

This Palm Sunday, April 2 during the 10:00 a.m. service, we are meditating on the ideas and concepts of spiritual death, rebirth, and resurrection. We begin with works by Norwegian composer, Ola Gjeilo, starting with two instrumental works, The Crossing, and Reflections, which provide us with a meditative and contemplative space to prepare for the choral work, Dark Night of the Soul, which indulges in the concept of spiritual death. Dark Night of the Soul is a poem of St.…

Uncovering Our Truth: Govans’ Attitudes and Actions during the Civil War Era

Myra Brosius, a member of Govans’ Racial Justice Working Group, recently conducted research into the history of Govans during the years leading up to the Civil War. On February 27 and April 24, 2022, she presented the results of her research as part of our Adult Options education time. Through a case study of Robert Galbraith, an early Govans’ minister who led us in the years leading up to and through the Civil War. There are so many fascinating and…

The Caroline Center discusses Career Training for Local Women on Believe in Baltimore

Jessica Robey and Kisha Barnes of The Caroline Center discussed the importance of career training for local women with Pastors Tom and Billy on the latest episode of Govan’s community podcast, Believe in Baltimore. The podcast features local leaders and changemakers, interviewing them about their work in our city and discussing a relevant Bible story alongside Govans pastors and staff. The Caroline Center provides free career education for women in Baltimore City. Learn more about their work on their website:…

Project VITAL Talks Vacant Lot Transformation

Dr. Kristin Mmari, Brandi Welsh, and Natasha Neale joined Pastors Tom and Billy on Govans’ podcast, Believe in Baltimore, to share about Project VITAL’s work to transform vacant lots in Baltimore City through greening initiatives and youth-led transformation. Learn about the project online, as well as BMORE Beautiful and the Baltimore City Green Network plan. You can also support the project by helping to identify lots and greening activities in your neighborhood by visiting Project VITAL Greening Lots (arcgis.com).  Listen to the podcast episode online,…

Chris Dipnarine talks Food Waste with Believe in Baltimore Podcast

Pastors Tom and Billy discuss reducing food waste and creating amazing compost with Chris Dipnarine from the local non-profit, 4MyCity. Learn more about their work in Baltimore on their website, https://4mycity.us/.  Listen to the episode online, click here! Believe in Baltimore is a podcast conversation with community leaders and change-makers in Baltimore, Maryland, hosted by Govans Presbyterian Church. In each episode, we welcome a local leader to share about their work in Charm City, as well as their hopes and…
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