Praise House Service Honors African-American Faith Tradition

November 11, 2013

Greater Things Dance Ministry, the Anointed Voices of Praise, and the Rev. Frank Saunders will headline the annual Praise House Service November 17 at Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church in Staunton, sponsored by Mary Baldwin University’s African-American Religion (REL 232) class. The service is a re-enactment of the rich worship of African-Americans that emerged on slave plantations, include the singing of spirituals and dances such as a ring shout.

Many-African spiritual practices, such as storytelling, call and response, music, and dance will be incorporated into the authentic service. Slave attire reflecting that era is suggested. A soul food dinner will follow the service.

The event begins at 11 a.m. at Allen Chapel A.M.E., 936 Sudbury Street, and is open to the public. For more information, contact the Rev. Andrea Cornett-Scott, associate vice president for inclusive excellence, at