“He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8

This picture is the inside of “Freedom’s Hill Church” located on the grounds of Southern Wesleyan University (SWU) in Central.


This church structure was originally located in Alamance County, NC; the first Wesleyan congregation established in the south in 1848. It was an abolitionist congregation and served as a station for the Underground Railroad.

The white doors to the left are the original doors, and although it’s not clear in the photo, there are two large black arrows pointing to bullet holes where the church had been fired upon. The preacher was dragged from the pulpit and beaten on more than one occasion and even poisoned twice. Why? For calling all God’s children equal. For standing against slavery. For seeking to love one’s neighbor as one’s self.

God’s call to look out for the widow, the orphan, the alien in our midst is repeated over and over and over again in scripture. May God give us the grace, courage and joy to do so.

God’s peace, justice and hope,

Pastor Jon