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Zion Church: Much More Than Sour Beef

Melissa Gerr

Even before the pandemic, Zion Church of the City of Baltimorehad to learn to adapt. Founded in 1755 by German immigrants, they’ve offered worship in German and English and hosted cultural events. But like many religious institutions, Zion is figuring out how to remain relevant as it honors the past. We hear from several congregants, as well as clergy about Zion’s future. Plus, we take you behind the scenes we learn how four thousand dumplings are made for Zion’s Sour Beef event. It's on pause this year due to the pandemic, but we were feeling nostalgic ... Enjoy!

Links: Zion Church of the City of Baltimore, video of https://vimeo.com/304358345">The Dumpling Brigade.

This episode of On the Record was produced in conjunction with the Goethe Institut’s ‘The Big Pond’listening series.

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.