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Racial Justice Ministry: Wade in the Water

Wade in the Water
is a Ministry for Racial Justice
at Grace Church

A Call to Racial Justice 2020

Our Mission

We will:

  • Deepen our connections and solidarity as a congregation across race and ethnicity;
  • Raise awareness of and interrupt racism
  • Take action on important causes related to racial justice within and beyond the Grace Church community

Our Vision

We follow Christ’s example in challenging racism: building a community of faith that demands racial justice.
We are cultivating a new generation of Christians to interrupt racism that pervades society.  We humbly model that community through leadership at Grace Church, in Montgomery County, and within the Episcopal Diocese of Washington.

Our Name: Wade in the Water

The leadership of Grace Church chose to name our racial justice ministry after a slave spiritual with deep historical and Biblical relevance.

Challenging Racism:  The lyrics of Wade in the Water contain coded instructions to escaping slaves about how to avoid being captured and was sung by Harriet Tubman and others in the Underground Railroad guiding enslaved people to liberation and freedom.

Healing:  The spiritual verses also reflect the Israelites’ escape from Egypt as described in the Book of Exodus.  The chorus refers to healing (John 5:4 NIV), “From time to time an angel of the Lord would come down and stir up the waters.  The first one into the pool after each such disturbance would be cured of whatever disease they had.”‘


Alana Hackshaw

Jen Ray

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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