Bensalem Unity Week Goes Virtual Amid Pandemic

Pastor Lugenure M. Jones orates to nearly eighty people at Bensalem AME during Unity Week 2019. Photo by Rick Rickman.

This year’s week to celebrate and spotlight diversity in Bensalem Township is going virtual.

Bensalem Unity Week is a time when the community members are welcome to experience the different religions within the township. In past years, local houses of worship have opened their doors to celebrate with their neighbors.

The special events feature singing, dances, readings, and other forms of religious expression. Each house of worship focuses on its own practices, while giving newcomers insight to how they operate.

The Buddhist temple packed full during Unity Week 2019.

Bensalem African Methodist Episcopal, for example, celebrates its history as a 200-year-old church founded by freed slaves. Meantime, the Buddhist Temple features their monks practicing customs, including authentic chants.

But this year, like many other community specialties, Unity Week will be online.

Public Safety Director Fred Harran says going virtual will let everyone watch from home and “celebrate all the goodness that Bensalem has come to know and has become famous for.”

All vitual events will be available to watch online on the Building a Better Bensalem Together Facebook page.

Starting Monday, January 18, Unity Week will last through Friday and feature 10 houses of worship in Bensalem.

The schedule is below:

– 8 a.m. – Welcome to Unity Week
– 12 p.m. – Love Fellowship Tabernacle
– 7 p.m. – Linconia Tabernacle
– 9:30 a.m. – Bensalem Presbyterian Church
– 12:30 p.m. – St. Gregorios Malankara Orthodox Church
– 6:30 p.m. – ShirNathji Haveli Temple
– 12 p.m. – Mongkoltepmunee/Buddhist Temple
– 6:30 p.m. – Faith Unity Islamic Organization
– 12 p.m. – Bensalem AME Church
– 6:30 p.m. – Congregation Tifereth Israel Synagogue
– 11:30 a.m. – St. Ephrem’s RC Church