As Shiloh Temple celebrates 90 years in Minneapolis, congregation looks to the future


Pickens walked through the gates of Shiloh Temple over two decades ago.

“I just saw people evolve and become better,” he said.

Pickens said joining the church shaped her life, inspiring her to give back.

“Bishop Hall has become a father figure to me. I served here in the church and all the things that I do now in the community are due to the work that I have done here in the church, ”said Pickens.

“We don’t have all the answers, but we certainly have a presence to make a difference in lives,” said Bishop Richard Howell.

Howell has been the pastor of international ministries at the Shiloh Temple since 1980. His grandparents founded the church in Minneapolis.

“It’s exhilarating, mixed emotions. I think of the church when it started in the 1930s, ”he said.

Fast forward to 2021, Howell said the church has evolved and planted new seeds in the community.

Most recently, I took on a new assignment to reduce violence in North Minneapolis.

“It is going to take time. It is one of the most difficult problems we have had to face,” he said.

The 21 Days of Peace initiative started in May. It is an effort created by religious leaders to take guns off the streets and make neighborhoods safer.

Howell said having a presence in the community lays a foundation for change.

“Reach out to those who are disadvantaged, reach out to the excluded and marginalized. I don’t care who they are. We need to have a deeper compassion for them, ”Howell said.

In order to keep up with the times, he explained that churches need to find new ways to engage with the community.

He says the Shiloh Temple will keep the momentum going and work towards a better future.

“These 90 years are wonderful, but what good is it if we fail in 91? It was good in the past, but we are not talking about the past now, ”he said. “We need to move forward and continue to be as dynamic and effective as we have been for the past 90 years.”

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