JUSTICE AND compassion committee

This event was just one of the many activities sponsored by St. Paul’s Justice and Compassion Committee to foster a Beloved Community. 

We invite others to join the conversation as we learn and grow together:

Wednesday, December 6            

7:00 p.m. in St. Paul’s Sanctuary

Still Wednesday

Advent Reflections: Race and Healing

Monday, January 15 (time TBD) 

FREE annual community screening of the epic documentary

King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis

AFI Silver Theater, downtown Silver Spring

Tickets are free and are distributed on the day of the screening.

If interested in attending or have questions, contact Kenzie Raulin of the St. Paul’s Justice & Compassion Team: kenzier@rcn.com.

This is a riveting compilation of documentary footage of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., from the Montgomery bus boycott to the “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial, from the dogs of Selma to the Nobel Prize and the fateful motel balcony in Memphis. Admitted to the National Film Registry in 1999, King: A Filmed Record… is a cinematic national treasure that allows viewers to be first-hand witnesses to Dr. King’s crusade, and thereby gain a fuller appreciation of both the personal challenges he endured and the vast cultural legacy he left behind. Featuring narration and commentary from Sidney Poitier, James Earl Jones, Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Charlton Heston, Harry Belefonte, Ruby Dee, Clarence Williams III, and others. Co-directed and produced by Sidney Lumet and Joseph L. Mankiewicz. 

Beloved community at St. paul's

The Beloved Community is a sub-committee of the Justice and Compassion Team. Beloved Community formed following a Spring 2016 Supper and Study Class, "Exploring Race," and has since hosted a number of events intended to be educational and faith-forming. We bear a Christian witness of love as we work to identify and dismantle racism.

Some of our 2017 events and programs have included:

Movies that Move Us events. We gather quarterly to view relevant films, followed by a discussion on race afterwards led by trained facilitator Ernest Crosby. Recent films include Hidden Figures, Selma, and Watermelon Man

Sunday, November 5, 2017: Emancipation Day Celebration at Josiah Henson Park

This park on Old Georgetown, named for a local former slave and minister who wrote about his ordeals, is open only a few days each year. This celebration featured St. Paul's member Virginia Bickford as a park docent.

Sunday, October 15, 2017: Ministry and Race Outreach Potluck.

Members at a number of Montgomery County area churches and faith organizations gathered at St. Paul's to engage in discussion and share ideas about moving forward together towards a just society.

Saturday, September 16, 2017: An Essential Conversation on Race

Facilitator Milagros Phillips led a discussion on race literacy and history. The group of 26 considered how personal experiences shape our current understanding and spiritual growth. 

June 24, 2017: Tour of the Underground Railroad Trail at Woodlawn Park

A guided walking tour explored how enslaved people eluded trackers and gained their freedom. 

May 2017: Community Table at Impact! Silver Spring's Annual Meeting. 

Six-week guided discussion during Lent 2017 of Drew Hart's recent book, 

Trouble I've Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism. 

"From Pain to Progress: Spirituals and Sacred Songs for the Journey" concert held in January 2017 by pianist Marvin Mills and vocalist Marlissa Hudson featuring music from the African-American tradition, followed by a time for discussion.