A Garden City church's ministry of Hope

The Rev. Hope Johnson with members of her
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The Rev. Hope Johnson with members of her congregation at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Central Nassau, in Garden City, on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014. Johnson, who has been with the congregation for a decade, is the church's first black minister. (Credit: Linda Rosier)

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In her 10 years as the first black minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Central Nassau, Johnson -- who is from Jamaica -- has seen a growing acceptance and tolerance in her mostly white community, even as she continues the church's civil rights work of a predecessor.

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