The Promenade Act

Did you know that the Promenade Act is a bill introduced to the United States Congress in February 2003? If successful, it would make square dance the national folk dance of the United States. The bill was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and I do not know what has come of it since. (Ed.:Last Action: Mar 6, 2003.Referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution.) Church committees seem to work faster still!

Meanwhile, we dancers at First Reformed Church broadened our outlook on March 10th  left our wooden clogs and Dutch costumes in the closet for a change, and came out for a night of fun square dancing. We were a mixed group, adults and children, long-time members, home comers and adherents, and even a couple from Second Reformed Church here in New Brunswick. Even our callers came to appreciate the eagerness of our children to be part of it all. Where else but in a church can one experience this kind of community with people dancing together who, otherwise, live very different lives?

The Dance was accompanied by a Silent Auction of the Women’s Guild and was a great success – a big thank-you goes out to all the donors and those who helped organize the event! In the end we all agreed: this kind of dancing event needs to be repeated. May the terrific pictures that Gary Bernhofer took help you, dear reader, catch some of the spirit of that night.

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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