Church Reconfiguration Live

Our church reconfiguration project and Dina’s Dwellings have recently received increased attention from circles not directly related to the fight against domestic violence. Susan was able to lead several interested parties through the construction site.

On one recent Saturday, October 24, I had the pleasure of bringing 15 RUTGERS students there. They belonged to the crowd that so often has volunteered here at the church. This time, however, the University had organized a day not for volunteering but for listening to the voices of the community. So I gave a little presentation followed by Question & Answers. The topics ranged from our common history with the University to volunteering in such diverse fields as historic preservation and our Rotating Interfaith Homeless Men’s Shelter to simple questions for the meaning of life and what a church like ours may have to do with it. It was a great interfaith discussion, first in the Randolph Room and then in the evolving new worship space in the church.

I was grateful for Cindy Betancourt, who happened to join us to get a firsthand impression of the construction. Cindy took the pictures.

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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