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Display and Discussion Will Reflect Religious Faith in University Area Neighborhoods University News
For release: October 25, 2010

For press information, contact Tom Mendina, 901-678-4310

The Highland Area Renewal Corporation (HARC), in partnership with the University of Memphis Libraries, will present a display in the McWherter Library rotunda depicting the history and development of some of the religious congregations in the area. “Faith Through the Ages in the University Area Neighborhoods” will run Nov. 1-12.


Dr. Mark Matheny
Dr. Mark Matheny
A panel discussion, moderated by Dr. Mark Matheny, executive director of HARC and senior minister of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, will be held Wednesday, Nov. 10, at noon in the University Center Fountain View Room (Room 350). Panelists, who will include members and historians of several area congregations, will discuss the part that religious life has played in the growth of the area and its role in today’s world.

Both the exhibit and discussion are free and open to the public.

The exhibit features photographs, newspaper articles, and other memorabilia from a variety of denominations. In addition to St. Luke’s, they include St. Anne Catholic Church, Buntyn Presbyterian Church, and Prescott Baptist Church.

One key to the growth of the University District and the realization of HARC’s vision is the development of faith communities and religious bodies over more than 100 years. In 1875 Bethel Methodist Church, established at the northwest corner of Barron and Prescott, was the first worshiping congregation in what is now called the University District. Today there are more than 30 places of worship in the neighborhoods bordering Highland Street between I-240 on the south and Macon Road on the north.

Paid parking is available in the Zach Curlin garage adjacent to the University Center.

For details, call Tom Mendina at 901-678-4310 or Virginia Hathorn at 901-452-6262.

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