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Leading Ideas Streetscape showing Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church among office buildings in downtown Washington, DC.
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Rev. William H. Lamar IV, pastor of the historic Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal church in downtown Washington, DC, considers what it means for an older…

Old brick church surrounded by tall modern buildings
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What does it take for an older church to thrive in a changing urban context? Listen as Lewis Center Associate Director Ann Michel speaks with Rev. William Lamar, pastor of the historic Metropolitan AME church in downtown Washington, DC.

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Leading Ideas Photo of a diverse group of children running with an American flag, which highlights the coming demographic shift. CREDIT: Ariel Skelley / Blend / Learning Pictures / Universal Images Group
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Incoming Lewis Center Director Doug Powe says that demographic shifts will bring increased diversity to the neighborhoods around most churches in the coming decades. Rather…

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