Southwest DC Hosts Events Commemorating Historic Escape of Enslaved People to Freedom

By Reverend Ruth Hamilton The public is invited to gather at the corner of 4th and I Streets Southwest (by Westminster Church) on Friday, April 15 at 6:00 p.m. to begin a “Remember the Pearl” memorial walk to The Wharf.   On April 15, 1848, a total of 77 men, women, and children enslaved by prominent […]

A New Chapter at Westminster Presbyterian Church

By Georgine Wallace To many of us, they are treasured friends and partners in neighborhood projects, and to the parishioners of Westminster Presbyterian, Co-Pastors Ruth and Brian Hamilton are the heart of their church. Long-time member Vyllorya Evans describes Ruth Hamilton as their “spiritual leader” and “connection to the community” while Brian Hamilton “challenges our […]

Annual Holiday Toys for Tots Drive Touches Hundreds of Southwest Families

By Paul Taylor For the 12th consecutive year, the Southwest Comm-Unity Annual Christmas Toys for Tots was another huge success. Held on Saturday, December 12, 2021 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, the Toys for Tots event was a bit different from previous years to practice proper COVID protocols. Parents and children received the toys from a […]

September Blood Drive at Westminster Church

Someone in the United States needs a blood transfusion every two seconds, yet less than 10% of Americans donate blood. Westminster Presbyterian Church (401 I St. SW) is helping our community meet its needs by hosting an Inova Blood Service drive on Saturday, Sept.18, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. There are lots of reasons to donate […]

They Practice What They Preach

By Wilma Goldstein For 25 years, Brian and Ruth Hamilton have served as co-pastors at Westminster Presbyterian Church, located on the corner of 4th and I Streets in DC’s Southwest neighborhood.  “I think a church really needs to be a community center and has the responsibility of organizing around all kinds of issues and problems […]

Two Churches Practice Unity and Resistance

While Riverside Baptist awaits completion of its new church building at 7th and Maine Streets SW, the congregation has started joint 11 a.m. Sunday worship with Westminster Presbyterian at 4th and I Streets SW. Riverside Pastor Michael Bledsoe and Westminster Co-Pastors Brian and Ruth Hamilton alternate preaching and the services are a rich blend of […]

Ms. Lillian Inez Palmer Turns 100 with a Birthday Celebration at Westminster

Ms. Lillian Inez Palmer (Ms. Lillian) turns 100 on June 13, and her longevity will be celebrated with a neighborhood birthday celebration on Saturday, June 16 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church. All are welcome! Ms. Lillian spent her formative years in Whitesboro, New Jersey, a small, all-black town located in Cape […]