Minister’s work makes magazine

HOWLAND — Howland Community Church’s senior minister, the Rev. Erica Brown, has her work featured in “The Christian Century” magazine.

Brown, of Warren, wrote a major book review, which was published in the March 24 issue.

“The Christian Century” is a national journal founded in 1912 for clergy, churches and theological dialogue in predominately mainline denominations.

Brown reviewed the book, “The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song,” written by Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr.

The book was made into a three- part documentary, which aired on PBS last month. The documentary also has a northeast Ohio connection. It was produced and directed by Stacey L. Holman, who grew up in Shaker Heights.

The Rev. Phil Smith, who was minister at Howland Community Church from 1980 to 1996, said the church rejoices at the honor bestowed on Brown for her review and on Holman for her work as a producer / director.

Smith said he has been back to Howland Community Church to participate in several memorial services and has met with Brown on three occasions since she became the senior minister in January 2018.

Brown has a bachelor’s degree from Mount Union College, a master’s degree from Bucknell University and Master of Divinity from University of Chicago Divinity School.

Before coming to Howland, Brown served at two churches in Illinois, as the chaplain at Blackburn University in Carlinville, Ill., then the college chaplain and director of religious life and community engagement at Wesley College in Dover, Del., and then assistant chaplain at Northwestern University.

“The Christian Century” is published bi-weekly and covers various religious news in the U.S. and around the world.


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