Ann Arbor Weather:
Monday September 25, 2017
Follow us: facebook twitter RSS feed
Print Comment E-mail

From Church to Fraternity

 

continued

In 1922 the church was notified that its lot was needed to make room for the first building of the Law Quad. After what the history calls "friendly condemnation proceedings in order to determine just value," the congregation bought the Prescott home on the corner of Tappan and Hill. They considered a new building but decided instead to move the 1891 church. "Each stone was marked and moved to the present site," the history recalls. Lumber, doors, chimes, cut nails, and even mortar were also reused. They "flipped" the floor plan, rebuilding in mirror image so the tower wouldn't obscure the entrance facing Hill, and added a full basement to expand the Sunday school--by then, the church had 150 members.

The new location was still close enough to campus to serve students. Russell Fuller first attended during World War II, when the navy sent him to the U-M to study engineering. He was installed as minister in 1956 and in 1968 led the construction of an addition on the north side to expand the Sunday school. By then the church had 202 members, and "there were lots of kids, [so] we needed more room," he recalls. (Though he retired as minister in 1995, Fuller is still an active member of the congregation.)

Fuller strongly opposed the Vietnam War and made the church available for prayer vigils and other anti-war activities. His wife, Barbara Fuller, was a founder and first staff member of the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice. The church also helped organize the Interfaith Hospitality Network, which brings together local congregations to aid homeless families.

Bookmark and Share
previous  ·  1 l 2 l 3 l 4 l 5 l 6  ·  next page
all on one page
read more stories here -> Marketplace  l  Culture  l  Community  l  News

You might also like:

Cosmogonic Tattoos
Jim Cogswell's ode to U-M artifacts
Lindsay-Jean Hard
Subscribe to the Ann Arbor Observer
Beethoven for Refugees
"Ode to Joy" at Hill
Davi Napoleon
Ollie Food + Spirits
Ypsi innovators
Lee Lawrence
Restaurants with Gluten-free Options Available
A clickable zoomable map
Chelsea's Hallmark Dayspring Gifts Closes
Reading the trends, Tom Ungrodt calls it a day.
Shelley Daily
HOMES Brewery
Great Lakes grand slam
M.B. Lewis
Family, Teens, & Kids Stuff
Health Care - Women's Health
Walloon Farewell
Parting thoughts on meals Up North
Lee Lawrence
Regent Hotel
only cycling studio on the University of Michigan's Campus
A visitor's guide to Ann Arbor