At the corner of 137th Street and Malcolm X Blvd., members of the Salvation Army’s Manhattan Citadel and Harlem Temple Corps gather, march, and minister in music. They’re accompanied by the New York Police Department’s Police Band. Community residents, who eagerly anticipate the opening of the Army’s new senior apartment building on 125th Street and Third Avenue, also join in the festivities.
The Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C., documents the narrative, history, and impact of the Bible. Opened on November 17, 2017, its 430,000 sq.–ft. building showcases artifacts that span 3,500 years of amazing theologic, geographic, and technologic milestones.
At the academic research wing of the Museum, the Scholars Initiative fosters biblical research at colleges, universities, and seminaries across the world. Museum personnel help plan and support academic projects related to the languages and material culture of the Bible, and capitalize on artifacts in the Museum Collections.
New York City, 1934—Evangeline Booth makes her farewell appearance at Madison Square Garden to a capacity crowd. She then went on to London and became the fourth General of the international Salvation Army and the first woman to hold that post in the Army’s history. Booth, who was the daughter of founders Catherine and William Booth, traveled the world and was called “The Musician General.” The Army grew extensively during her administration, which concluded in 1939. She was promoted to Glory in 1950 at age 84. Seated on the platform among many other notables, are Helen Keller (author and the first deaf/blind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree), Salvationists Joe the Turk (Armenian–born evangelist, preacher, and activist), and Tom Ferguson (Jamaican–born songwriter, musician, and poet).
Genovese sweet basil seeds bloom in a high–tech indoor farm operated by the Akron (Citadel), Ohio, Corps. Akron public school children, as well as kids from the corps, care for the plants and learn about hydroponic farming. “We’re really committed to ending this cycle of intergenerational poverty through education,” said Marian Calvin, director of development for the corps. (For more information, see Farmers of the Future in the September 2018 issue of SAconnects magazine.)
Even in February, when soil is still too wet and cold in most parts of the country, you can plant seeds indoors and jump–start your garden. Some of the easiest projects are broccoli, lettuce, and tomatoes. You can also start many flowers indoors.