Racial Justice: Finding Redemption through Truth-Telling

Racial Justice: Finding Redemption through Truth-Telling

Our theme for this program year is Racial Justice: Finding Redemption through Truth-Telling, and we invite the entire Grace community to engage with one another to raise our shared consciousness and build community through truth-telling about racial justice.  We seek to answer the following questions: Why does racism exist in our country? How does racism continue? What have we done to challenge institutions and practices that promote racism and racial inequality? What have we left undone?

We live in a country divided by politics, culture, geography, and particularly, by race.  Yet, Jesus shows us that love can overcome anything, even sin and death, and therefore, love can overcome the indifference, prejudice and hate in this world.  We believe the love of Christ can break down the walls that divide us.

The Episcopal Church has made a commitment to challenge the sin of racism and work to become the Beloved Community. In March, 2016, bishops and other leaders stated, “The pain of racial injustice and division has wracked our church and the many communities where we both proclaim and embody the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our collective prayer and action can begin to heal what is broken and nurture the Beloved Community that is God’s dream for all.”

Grace Church is proud to participate in these efforts.

Because redemption begins with telling the truth, we will start by “speaking the truth in love,” as Saint Paul wrote, to name and challenge the beliefs and attitudes about race that separate us from one another.  We seek long-term transformation and redemption by compassionately listening to each other’s stories, deeply learning our church and community history, understanding the manifestations of racism, and following God’s call to heal inequities.

During the program year, we invite you to participate in these efforts by:

  • learning how race has affected the history of Grace Church and Silver Spring and how race continues to affect our lives
  • participating in intergenerational programs to help our youth fight racism
  • asking forgiveness and seeking redemption through Christian faith, prayer, and action

Please join us.

The end is reconciliation; the end is redemption; the end is the creation of the Beloved Community. It is this type of spirit and this type of love that can transform opponents into friends… It is this love which will bring about miracles in the hearts of men.

– The Rev. Dr. Martin L. King, Jr.

 


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Grace Episcopal Church
Grace Church Road, located off of Georgia Ave. in downtown Silver Spring, near the intersection of Georgia Ave. and 16th Street.

The church office will be open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. After hours you may leave a message on the answering machine, which will direct you to individual voice mail boxes for members of the church staff.

Telephone: Parish Office: 301.585.3515; Parish Fax: 301.585.4309

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1607 Grace Church Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 585-3515