The Peace Mission Movement of Philadelphia.
Compiled and edited by Jean Barth Toll and Mildred S. Gilliam for The Atwater Kent Museum.
Copied by permission of the Atwater Kent Museum Publishers of. “Invisible Philadelphia Community Through Voluntary Organizations”, Copyright 1995.
The Reverend M. J. Divine, better known as Father Divine, founded the Peace Mission Movement to help human beings become conscious of God’s presence through obedience to the law of the spirit of life, and thus to create abundance and peace for all. The Peace Mission Movement has provided the necessities of life to countless thousand at a price unfortunate people could pay, and gratis to those who could not pay.
Father Divine had been engaged in feeding, clothing, and sheltering the underprivileged of Brooklyn, New York, and elsewhere since the late 1800s. He and the first Mother Divine bought a home in 1919 in Sayville, Long Island, New York, at 72 Macon Street where he housed, fed and clothed the needy gratis, without solicitation of any kind, and delivered sermons to the many who gathered around the abundant banquet table. He attracted people from all walks of life and many parts of the world who were hungry spiritually as well as physically.