Groundbreaking Worship Service Program

Please join us for the Groundbreaking Worship Service. No tickets necessary. Public invited.

October 24, 2019 at 6:30 at Mother Emanuel AME Church, 110 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401. This interfaith Worship Service is open to the public. Tickets are not needed for the Worship Service. A reception will follow the service.


“Freedom can never be taken for granted. Each generation must safeguard it and extend it. Your parents and elders sacrificed much so that you should have freedom without suffering what they did. Use this precious right to ensure that the darkness of the past never returns.” Nelson Mandela

Musical Prelude
Charleston Area Justice Ministry Choir

Pastor Eric Manning, Presiding, Mother Emanuel AME Church

Rev. DeMett E. Jenkins
Lilly Director of Education and Engagement for Faith-Based Communities

Occasion and Welcome
Dr. Bernie Powers, Interim President and CEO of the International African American Museum

African Drumming
Wona Womalan African Drumming and Dance Ensemble

Pouring of African Ancestral Libation
Dr. Ade Ofunniyin, Director of the Gullah Society

Scripture Reading
Old Testament- Rabbi Greg Kantor
Gullah New Testament- Carolyn White

Song of Praise
Frances Marion University Gospel Choir

Litany Reading
Rev. Dr. Kay Colleton, Manna Life Center
Rev. Jeremy Rutledge, Circular Congregational Church
Rabbi Greg Kanter, Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim
Rev. Matthew Rivers, St. Johns Chapel
Rev. Adam Shoemaker, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
Very Rev. Archpriest Father John Mikita, Holy Ascension Orthodox Church
Rev. Dr. Timothy Bowman, Old Bethel United Methodist Church
Dr. Bonnie Springer, Baha’is of Charleston
Rev. Willie Hill, St. John Reformed Episcopal Church/Greater Vision Ministries
Rev. Eleanora Ellington-Wesley United Methodist Church Johns Island
Thom Reed, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Rev. Annabelle Robinson- New Generation AME Church

Introduction of Speaker
Rev. Brian Williams
Program Director at Lilly Endowment, Inc.

Dance Worship/Song of Preparation
Tichina Vaughn, mezza soprano
Alicia Graft Mack, Director, Dance Division, The Juilliard School

Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes Jr., Senior Pastor Emeritus, Riverside Church, New York, NY

Song of Celebration
Frances Marion University Gospel Choir

Imam M. Bourouis El-Idrissi
Islamic Council of Charleston

Charleston Area Justice Ministry Choir

Refreshments will be provided immediately following the service in the Fellowship Hall located downstairs.

Funding for the Groundbreaking Worship Service was generously provided by the Lilly Endowment.