Bensalem AME Celebrates Unity Week

Pastor Lugenure M. Jones orates to nearly eighty people. Photo by Rick Rickman.

Bensalem African Methodist Episcopal church held a service Thursday in light of Unity Week and in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. The quaint, historical, 200-year-old church, along with other religious organizations in Bensalem, participate in this annual celebration to promote unity and the betterment of the community.

The service highlighted the history of Bensalem AME Church and the vision its founders, five freed slaves and Bishop Richard Allen, had for its future.

Pastor Lugenure M. Jones expressed, “Because they came together,… they believed that something could happen to worship together.”

Bensalem AME Church is living proof of that dream, as it was packed from wall to wall with members of the community.

Middle School students in Bensalem left their mark on Unity Week as well by participating in an essay contest defining what unity means to them.

Essayist Marie Davis was selected to share her essay at the service saying, “Our society needs to realize that our unique characteristics and creative opinions bring us together as people, as a society, and allows us to have a positive mindset about future outcomes.”

Davis as well as Dana Acker, who was given an honorable mention, were awarded for their exemplary pieces on unity.

A service at St. Ephrem’s RC Church Friday at noon concluded Unity Week, but the values and lessons from the week will persist.

WBCB’s Courtney Fegley contributed to this report.