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40 years in the fight for peace and justice

Pastor Ed Rowe

Local church celebrates 40th Anniversary of Pastor Ed Rowe’s United Methodist ordination

DETROIT — Detroit’s Central United Methodist Church will commemorate the 40th anniversary of the ordination of Rev. Edwin A. Rowe, senior pastor, June 18 at 6 p.m. in Barth Hall at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Detroit.

A lifelong advocate for peace and justice, Rowe spent several years as a community organizer and United Methodist pastor in Pontiac and Detroit. He was appointed senior pastor to Central UMC in downtown Detroit in 1994 where he has led its active and outspoken peace and justice ministries, most notably the Networking, Organizing and Advocating for the Homeless or NOAH Project, which provides social services, health care and 30,000 bag lunches to the homeless annually; and the Peace for Youth project, which teaches non-violence to public school students.

Rowe is a prominent voice in the peace and justice movements, involved in many aspects of this work, both locally and globally. He has been deeply involved in working for a totally inclusive church, state and nation, seeking equality for all LGBT persons.

Rowe has received many honors over the years, including the Rainbow-PUSH God’s Trombone Award, the NAACP Ida B. Wells Peace & Justice Award, the ACLU Bernard Gottfried Award and the Detroit News Michiganian of the Year Award, among others.

Rowe grew up in Detroit, graduated from Denby High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Adrian College and his Master of Divinity degree from Garrett Theological Seminary.

The June 18 celebration will include a buffet dinner and tribute program featuring entertainers Angie Smith and Friends, pianist Bill Meyer and Bobbi Thompson, gospel pianist and soloist, Y-Arts Deep River Choir.

Suggested donations are $25, $50 or $100. All proceeds will go to support the missions of the church, including global missions such as The African University, the United Negro College Fund and disaster relief, which impact tens of thousands of lives.

At 202, Central UMC has a long and rich history of crusading for the rights of those often ignored or overlooked by society. It has been recognized for working against racism, promoting peace, feeding the homeless, providing access to health care and welcomes all people regardless of socio-economic status, race, religion, gender identification or sexuality.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is located at 4800 Woodward Ave., at Warren, Detroit.

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