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Washington named to head Minnesota COGIC congregations

The Rev. Fred Willis Washington has been named bishop of Minnesota's Church of God in Christ (COGIC) congregations, succeeding longtime leader Stanley Neil Frazier, who died last year at age 70.

Washington, 64, pastor for 35 years at New Covenant Church of God in Christ in south Minneapolis and administrative assistant to Frazier for 21 years, was consecrated as jurisdictional bishop at a recent convocation in Memphis, where the national church has its headquarters.

The Church of God in Christ, a fast-growing denomination and the nation's fifth-largest with 5.4 million members, is a Pentecostal, primarily black church. It's celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. COGIC has 43 congregations in Minnesota.

Nationwide, the COGIC is mourning its national leader, Bishop Gilbert Patterson, who died of heart failure Tuesday in Memphis. Because of his death and funeral plans, an inaugural celebration for Washington that had been planned for Friday has been postponed.

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Spiritual art to be displayed in Minneapolis

Art inspired by spirituality will be on display Sunday through Friday at St. Boniface Catholic Church in northeast Minneapolis. The seventh annual Spiritual Art Festival and Juried Art Show will feature the work of about 50 artists, including Kendall Bohn.

The free show, which will be open 3 to 7 p.m. each day, is sponsored by the Northeast Minneapolis Artist Concierge and displayed each year in a different house of worship in northeast Minneapolis. St. Boniface is at 629 2nd St. NE.

Composer/pianist Carl Schroeder will perform his commissioned work "Celestial Triptych," inspired by Bohn's painting "Space Odyssey," at 7 p.m. Thursday at the church. The Jonathan Pemberton jazz group, which plays regularly at Mercy Seat Church in northeast Minneapolis, will also play at the concert.

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