Birthplace of Good Theatre

Being at the crossroads of many cultures offers unique opportunities. Astronomers gaze at the birth of stars and entire galaxies. We here at First Reformed Church sometimes witness the birth of important art.

On one of the Saturday evenings in November, playwright Anty Yacob, born in Ethiopia, was present when our Town Clock Community Development Corporation (TCCDC), together with Shaggae’s Song Performing Arts Collective, INC. presented a benefit reading of her play “Mourning Sun”.

It was a most moving experience that brought us into the most difficult and complex world of African women suffering the consequences of circumcision. The play elucidated the historic, medical, cultural and social context of the praxis and its consequences in the modern world. It was an invitation to listen and to become engaged – good theatre par excellence.

The proceeds went to the Town Clock CDC, which is developing the reconfiguration of our sanctuary so that it can one day include apartments for victims of domestic violence in addition to a smaller worship space.

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About Rev. Dr. Hartmut Kramer-Mills

Hartmut Kramer-Mills, a native of Jena, Germany, began his theological education at Heidelberg University. After the Middle Exam in 1986 he received a scholarship from the World Alliance of Reformed Churches for McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. He graduated from McCormick with a Master of Divinity in 1988. He graduated from Marburg University in Germany with the Ecclesiastical Exam in 1990, and received a Dr. theol. from Greifswald University, Germany, in 1997. From 1990 to 1991 he was vicar at St. Wenzel in Naumburg, Germany. He was ordained minister of word and sacrament in 1993 through the Protestant Church of the Church Province of Saxony. From 1993 to 1998 he served as assistant pastor in Stoessen, Goerschen, and Rathewitz, Germany. At the same time he was lecturer for Church History at Erfurt College in Germany. From 1999 to 2000 he served the Spotswood Reformed Church in New Jersey as interim pastor. Since 2000 he and his wife serve the First Reformed Church in New Brunswick, New Jersey, as co-pastors.
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