Posts Tagged 'William Watley'

From Douglass to Obama, Smith and Watley compare history to present

From Douglass to Obama, Smith and Watley compare history to present

Frederick Douglass’ speech “The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro” came back to life at Chautauqua on Thursday as actor Roger Guenveur Smith recited the abolitionist’s words for the Interfaith Lecture Series.

“What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July? I answer; a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim,” Smith said, reciting the speech.

Watleys share thoughts on outreach, each other, Chautauqua

Watleys share thoughts on outreach, each other, Chautauqua

“I saw an opportunity at St. Philips. I also have a daughter and three grandchildren in Atlanta and as I think about retirement, I decided I wanted to be near them.”

I was talking with the Revs. William and Matthew Watley on the porch of the Amphitheater, and I asked William about his recent move from Newark to Atlanta after 27 years in the same congregation.

Watleys to share Amp pulpit during Week Nine

Watleys to share Amp pulpit during Week Nine

The Rev. Matthew L. Watley, executive minister to more than 6,000 members of the Reid Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church in Silver Springs, Md., will share the pulpit with his father, the Rev. William Watley, for Week Eight. William Watley is the senior pastor of the St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church in Newark, N.J.

Matthew Lawrence Watley will preach at the 10:45 a.m. Sunday morning worship service in the Amphitheater. His text is Ezekiel 24:16-18, and his title is “Don’t React; Respond.” Father and son will alternate preaching at the 9:15 weekday morning worship services in the Amphitheater.