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Walk in the Light Purchases Former Masonic Lodge

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Walk in the Light Christian Church, a congregation in formation of the Christian Church in Indiana, purchased the former Prince Masonic Lodge building at the corner of 40th and Capitol in Indianapolis in August of this year. The building, once refurbished, will house space for worship and other ministries of the congregation. The church currently worships in the auditorium of Indianapolis Public School #43, across 40th Street from the property.

The former Prince Masonic Lodge, located at 40th and Capitol in Indianapolis, will be the new home of Walk in the Light Christian Church.

The former Prince Masonic Lodge, located at 40th and Capitol in Indianapolis, will be the new home of Walk in the Light Christian Church.

Many can remember when the Prince Masonic Hall Temple occupied the building. During the 1960s and 70s, the building was the center of social gatherings that attracted many African Americans in the Butler-Tarkington neighborhood and surrounding communities.

In the 1920s the building was constructed as a meeting place for the Capitol Avenue Christian Church, known later as University Place Christian Church. Prior to the Masonic Hall Temple, this building housed a non-instrumental Church of Christ. The congregation worshipped there sometime between the mid 1930s to the late 1950s.

The old building has been vacant for years, somewhat of an eyesore across the street from the new IPS School #43 building. It has been left empty, but not forgotten.

Since University Park and Faith United Christian Churches closed, Walk in the Light is the only congregation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the Butler-Tarkington neighborhood. Ironically, the congregation is of the same denomination as was the earlier Capitol Avenue Christian Church that constructed the building. Now the building will come full circle with its history, housing once again a congregation of the Stone-Campbell tradition.

The congregation has a target date for initial occupancy in the spring of 2009.

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Written by ccindiananews

December 2, 2008 at 5:33 pm

Posted in Churches, News

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