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Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient to Preside at Installation for Rev. Dr. Gary Percesepe at Church in the Highlands

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM RECIPIENT

DR. C.T. VIVIAN

TO PRESIDE AT SERVICE OF INSTALLATION FOR THE REV. DR. GARY PERCESEPE

NOVEMBER 29TH AT 3 PM IN THE AFTERNOON, AT WHITE PLAINS CHURCH

The Church in the Highlands (Congregational), located at 35 Bryant Avenue in White Plains,  is pleased to announce the Installation of its new pastor, The Reverend Gary J. Percesepe, on Sunday, the twenty-ninth of November, at three p.m.

Born in Yonkers, New York, Dr. Percesepe has served churches in Springfield, Ohio and Buffalo, New York. The recipient of a Ph.D. in philosophy from Saint Louis University, he teaches philosophy at Fordham University in the Bronx. He is the author of numerous books and articles in philosophy and religion, and has published collections of poetry and short stories. He served as the Coordinating Director of the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America, where he worked closely with Dr. C.T. Vivian, who will be the Guest Preacher at the November 29th Service of Installation for Rev. Percesepe.

President Barack Obama awarded C.T. Vivian the Presidential Medal of Freedom on November 22, 2013. The White House released this statement about Dr. Vivian:

C.T. Vivian is a distinguished minister, author, and organizer. A leader in the Civil Rights Movement and friend to the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., he participated in Freedom Rides and sit-ins across our country. Dr. Vivian also helped found numerous civil rights organizations, including Vision, the National Anti-Klan Network, and the Center for Democratic Renewal. In 2012, he returned to serve as interim President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. 

Church in the Highlands has had a long association and connection with the Civil Rights movement in America, through the ministry of one of its longtime members, Dr. Everett C. Parker. Dr. Parker, an ordained minister, used the communication office of the United Church of Christ as a platform for spearheading reforms in broadcasting in the 1960s and 1970s to gain greater representation of minorities on the airwaves. By applying the principles of the civil rights movement to the public airwaves, Dr. Parker became a powerful and effective voice for changing broadcast standards throughout the country. Everrett C. Parker’s memorial service was held on October 3, 2015, at Church in the Highlands, where he was remembered for leading a movement for equal-time provisions in broadcasting and career training programs aimed at putting more minorities on the air and in management positions.

Founded in 1922, The Church in the Highlands is a Congregational church in covenant with the United Church of Christ.

There will be a reception following the Service of Installation. Members of the community are invited to attend. This event is free and open to the public.

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