Collegiate and Reformed

It would be a little outdated to display pictures of last month’s Ash Wednesday service here – were it not for the fact that they bear witness of the collegiate work of Reformed congregations in New Brunswick and surrounding areas. As every year, we continued the serious liturgy of Ash Wednesday with a rather fun “Feast of Sausages”. This commemorates the protest of our ancestors in the faith in Switzerland, who used a feast like this to provoke the Bishop of Constance in 1522. It caused the great reformer Ulrich Zwingli to compose the first of his Reformation writings, a pamphlet entitled “Choice and Liberty Respecting Food”.

There will be another collegiate event later this year. Traditionally, we had a mid-summer outdoor worship service together. But not every congregation can leave its church alone on a Sunday morning. For this reason, we will try something new this year: a collegiate picnic with games in the evening of Sunday, August 17.

At the same time, we want to widen the circle. Traditionally, we had only the Suydam Street Reformed Church, the Reformed Church of Highland Park, Second and First Reformed Church. Now we have extended invitations to the Middlebush Reformed Church, the Reformed Church of Edison and the Six Mile Run Reformed Church. What great potential we have in our midst!

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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