St. Paul Community Baptist Church
Fifteen years ago, a church located on a dead end street, in an oft-maligned, resource-neglected community in the East New York section of Brooklyn (New York), presented its first incarnation of The MAAFA, a commemoration that sought to honor the lives of ancestors past. With little more than a small dinghy as the centerpiece of a minimalist set and a cast of novice actors - members of the congregation - it began, walking along a path not yet traveled. A church with a history steeped in social justice, community organizing and empowering the disenfranchised, offered up a depiction of the horrors that are an indelible part of the history of America, the journey by millions from Africa during the Mid-Atlantic Slave Trade, through the theatrical production of The MAAFA Suite….A Healing Journey®. A church that was, and continues to be, a ministry at the forefront of the fight for affordable housing in a borough that was once a question mark of confusion that has become the jewel of our city.
The church is St. Paul Community Baptist Church. A fellowship that started eighty-two years ago in the living room of a small home in Brooklyn, New York when fifteen people came together and formed what has blossomed into a ministry of over 3,000. The St. Paul legacy is a rich one, with a pastoral lineage of seven. A ministry with a strong foundation in teaching and a powerful pulpit that has opened its doors to many of the most respected preachers from around the country. The MAAFA Suite..A Healing Journey® is a healing modality that seeks to cure the psychic trauma and mental wounds that the history of Black America still shoulders over 400 years later, subconsciously. Our performance of The MAAFA SUITE… A Healing Journey® gives us the opportunity to serve our community, acknowledge a debt. And honor our ancestors for their great sacrifices, unparalleled triumphs and undying faith.
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