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Faith, With A Side Of Sour Beef

Melissa Gerr

Zion Church of the City of Baltimore was founded in 1755 by German immigrants. It still holds services in German, and even offers German language classes. But like many venerable religious institutions, Zion is trying to figure out how to remain relevant as it honors the past.

We hear the thoughts of several congregants and clergy about Zion’s future. Plus, we go behind the scenes to hear how 4,000 dumplings are made in time for Zion’s annual Sour Beef event! For information about Zion Church Sour Beef event, visit this link, and for general information about Zion Church, see this link.

To watch a behind the scenes video of the Zion Church Dumpling Brigade, https://youtu.be/CUvGVq4ILZw">visit this link.

This program was created in conjunction with the Goethe Institut’s ‘The Big Pond’ listening series, as part of ‘Wunderbar Together,’ a year long celebration of German-American friendship.

Melissa Gerr is a Senior Producer for On the Record. She started in public media at Twin Cities Public Television in St. Paul, Minn., where she is from, and then worked as a field producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting in Portland. She made the jump to audio-lover in Baltimore as a digital media editor at Mid-Atlantic Media and Laureate Education, Inc. and as a field producer for "Out of the Blocks." Her beat is typically the off-beat with an emphasis on science, culture and things that make you say, 'Wait, what?'
Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.