As a church community, we mourn the recent devastating deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others. We grieve knowing that these unjust murders are not isolated events and that there are countless other untold incidents of racial injustice. Each of us is afflicted by a unique pain and we realize that some continue to face injustices that some will never have to confront. We lament and cry out to God.
We are committed to loving like Jesus, praying for the end of bigotry and standing for justice.
Many of us are asking, "What can I do?," "How can I use my faith to support the community?," "How can we keep the movement going?" Here, we will post prayers, events, stories and resources.
Be an advocate for the Black Lives Matter movement by being part of our Justice & Peace Ministry Team. All who are passionate about social justice are invited to learn more. Contact Kristy Pullen, JPMT co-chair, for more information.
Me and White Supremacy, Mondays, 7-9 PM
This study offers an opportunity for women to discuss white privilege and white exceptionalism and how they impact each of us. It is a space for women to have the needed discussions if we are going to be honest about racial issues in ourselves, our church, our country and our world. The study uses Me and White Supremacy, by Layla F. Saad, which can be purchased through Scrawl Books using this link. For the Zoom link, contact Elethia.
Adult Sunday School, 11:15 AM, Zoom
In Adult Sunday School, you are invited to explore how our Christian faith speaks to issues of contemporary thought and society. Beginning September 20, one of our Adult Sunday School classes looks at Faith & Racial Justice. All welcome.
Pastor Marcus preached from Black Lives Matter Plaza on August 16. You can watch the service below:
Prayer for Racial Healing, Sunday, September 13, 11:30 AM
Efforts to dismantle racism must be accompanied by prayer. You are invited for prayers and reflections on Racial Justice. Contact us for the Zoom link.
Join Pastor Marcus, Rev. Nathan Hill and Pastor Beth in prayer:
On August 26, Pastor Marcus and other members participated in the Car Rally for Racial Justice. The Rally called for an end to systematic oppression and violence against people of color, held in the parking lot of Saint Thomas a Becket Catholic Church in Reston. In an article by the Reston Patch, Pastor Marcus is quoted, "Unnecessary trouble will make our communities better. This global pandemic has exacerbated so many social, racial, and economic injustices that have played out in the world. And more specifically, alienated so many in our United States of America. Together, good people have been brought to a season of judgment on behalf of systemic wrongs."
Pass the Mic-a place to listen to Black Christian voices
Truth's Table-Michelle Higgins, Christina Edmondson, and Ekemini Uwan are Black Christian women who love truth and share their perspectives on race, politics, gender, current events, and pop culture that are filtered through our Christian faith
Love Thy Neighborhood-explores the intersection of social action and Christian faith, following everyday people doing extraordinary things
Bloodlines by John Piper
Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson
Woke Church by Eric Mason
Be the Bridge by LaTasha Morrison
Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving
for Kids: Check out NPR's "A Diverse Summer Reading" list here