Wednesday, October 14, 2015

American Bible Society Opens Its Doors In Philadelphia

ABS CEO Roy Peterson speaking at today's ribbon-cutting ceremony
The American Bible Society made it official today.  In a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Society's new headquarters on 401 Market Street the ABS announced that it had arrived in city of brotherly love.  

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. 
Does the ABS really have roots in Philadelphia?  Stay tuned.  There is a new history of the organization due out in Spring 2016 with Oxford University Press.  I hear it is pretty good.