8:30AM & 11:00AM
402 Pekin St.,
Pastor: James Cravens
7:30 & 9:45AM Sunday
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426 N. Monroe St.
Senior pastor: O.S. Owens
11AM & 6PM Sunday
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1409 Pulaski St., Lincoln
Pastor Joe Bleakley
205 Pulaski St.,
Pastor Mark Carnahan
Pastor Kirk Cunningham
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United Methodist Church
302 Broadway St., Lincoln
Pastor: Larry Maffett
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1422 Pekin St.,
Pastor: David Mitchell
10:45AM & 6PM Sunday
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celebrates Lincoln years of the
Niebuhr family of theologians and teachers
26, 2001] A
family of prominent Christian thinkers and teachers were the
honorees at the Saturday dedication of a historical marker at St.
John United Church of Christ in Lincoln. Two members of the Niebuhr
family were present to hear their predecessors lauded.
Rev. Gustav Niebuhr moved to Lincoln in 1902 as pastor of St. John’s
Evangelical Church and administrator of Deaconess Hospital. One of
his sons, Reinhold, became internationally known as a compelling
speaker, Christian realist, political activist and author of the
Serenity Prayer. Reinhold Niebuhr taught at Union Theological
Seminary in New York for 32 years. His brother H. Richard Niebuhr, a
noted theologian and ethicist, taught at Eden Seminary, was
president of Elmhurst College and taught at Yale Divinity School for
31 years. Their sister, Hulda Niebuhr, who specialized in Christian
education, taught at New York University and McCormick Seminary in
Chicago. And H. Richard’s son, Richard R. Niebuhr, retired in 1999
after 44 years on the faculty of Harvard Divinity School.
grant me the serenity
accept the things I cannot change,
to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the
one day at a time;
one moment at a time;
hardship as the
as he did, this sinful world as it is,
as I would have it.
that He will make all things right
If I surrender to his will;
I may be reasonably happy
in this life, and supremely happy
with Him forever
in the next. Amen.
the conversations that must have been held around Gustav and Lydia
Niebuhr’s Sunday supper table," the Rev. Laurie Tockey,
chaplain of Lincoln Correctional Center, suggested to the audience
of about 150 people. "If only all of our children could be
nourished at such a table." Tockey performed the official
unveiling of the marker, which was subsequently placed on the Maple
Street side of the church.
Reinhold, H. Richard and their brother, Walter Niebuhr, were
confirmed at the local church. Reinhold Niebuhr was also ordained
and served an interim pastorate there.
Niebuhr of Princeton, N.J., New York Times national correspondent in
the field of religion, spoke of the moment his namesake and
great-grandfather heard a sermon and felt called to the ministry,
although he had previously not been a particularly religious person.
With his call not only was the patriarch’s life transformed but
the lives of his future family as well. "It’s an example of
the power of the word," Niebuhr said. "What happened
through this family really impacted the world."
is the grandson of H. Richard and the son of Richard R. Niebuhr.
Also present for the dedication was Toby Sifton of New York,
grandson of Reinhold Niebuhr through his daughter Elisabeth.
of ceremonies for the dedication ceremony was Margaret Peifer, chair
of the Friends of the Niebuhrs committee which raised funds for the
marker, wrote the original text and planned the celebration. The
Illinois State Historical Society and St. John United Church of
Christ were co-sponsors.
Spellman, researcher for the committee, recounted the history of the
Niebuhrs in Lincoln. Chaplain Henry Johnson of Logan Correctional
Center recalled the actions of the committee, including prior
placement of another historical marker. That marker, at Central
School, commemorates the first poem written by Langston Hughes.
messages were delivered by Lincoln Mayor Beth Davis, Lincoln
Elementary District 27 Superintendent Robert Kidd, Abraham Lincoln
Tourism Bureau Director Thressia Usherwood and Illinois State
Historical Society Executive Director Tom Teague. The Rev. James
Cravens of Trinity Episcopal Church and the Rev. Richard Reinwald of
St. John United Church of Christ, the host church, offered prayers.
out the program were two solos by Joye Anderson, assistant store
manager at Lincoln Christian College, recitation of the Serenity
Prayer by students of Central School teacher Joe Hackett and
presentation of the colors by Boy Scout Troop 6, whose first
Scoutmaster was Walter Niebuhr.
memorabilia on display included blueprinted notecards and a Scrabble
set once owned by Sister Adele Hosto, Lydia Niebuhr’s sister who
was consecrated a deaconess at the local church and worked for many
years at Deaconess Hospital, later Abraham Lincoln Memorial
Hospital. Books and articles by Gustav Niebuhr, his four children
and grandson, and Adele Hosto revealed the prodigious literary
efforts of the family.
caravan to Old Union Cemetery, where Gustav, Lydia and Hulda Niebuhr
and Sister Adele Hosto are buried, completed the occasion.
couple witness dedication
23, 2001] By
means of a satellite feed at the Springfield Bahá’í Centre, Ann
and David LaForge of Lincoln viewed the May 22 dedication of the 19
terraces leading up Mount Carmel to the Shrine of the Báb at Haifi
Israel. This is the Bahá’í World Centre. Mount Carmel is also
held sacred by Jews, Christians and Muslims.
Bahá’í faith encompasses all the nine revealed religions of the
world. Beliefs include unity, oneness of mankind, equality of the
sexes, investigation of truth, and that science and religion must go
hand in hand.
Carmel is located in the most turbulent area of the world and is
dedicated to peace and the unification of all mankind.