|ABS CEO Roy Peterson speaking at today's ribbon-cutting ceremony|
Here is a taste of an article published yesterday at the Philadelphia Metro:
When the American Bible Society sold its swanky national headquarters in Manhattan for $300 million and decided to relocate earlier in 2015, the nearly 200-year-old ministry could have gone anywhere, as the ABS has branches throughout the United States.
They decided upon Philadelphia however because of its roots.
"Moving from New York City was about releasing real estate dollars that could be spent for the ministry, but we chose Philly because it is the home of our first founders," Geof Morin, the society's senior vice president, said of Philadelphia-born founding president Elias Boudinot — not to mention of John Jay, John Quincy Adams and Francis Scott Key.
"This move allows the organization to begin its third century of ministry from a city that was integral to its beginnings in 1816," said Roy Peterson, ABC president and CEO.
With the construction of a massive new Mormon meetinghouse off the Parkway and the just-concluded World Meeting of Families, Philadelphia seems to be growing in stature as a U.S. mecca for religious people and businesses.
Come Wednesday, the American Bible Society — one of the first nonprofits in the U.S. —will cut the ribbon on its new headquarter's offices at 401 Market Street, just steps from Independence Mall, and part of Philly's historical mile.