Ministries on race Potluck

Sunday, OCtober 15 | 5:30 pm

Inviting faith communities of lower Montgomery County for dinner and discussion

Inviting 1-2 representatives of your congregation with a favorite dish. Please be ready to share about

1) Your congregation’s past efforts and present aspirations for race literacy and action.

2) Ideas for how we can effectively collaborate as communities of faith, pursuing the intersectional work of racial justice.

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church

10401 Armory Avenue

Kensington, Maryland 20895

Octagon Room

(Please enter the building through our handicap accessible Church Office door

at the corner of Mitchell and Armory Streets, across from Kensington Town Hall.)

Please RSVP by  October 12 by clicking here or reaching Claire Matheny, 301-933-7933;

Flyer available for sharing


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:

Sunday, November 5                    Henson Park on Old Georgetown Rd.

                                          Emancipation Day Celebration at Josiah Henson Park

                                                         (featuring Virginia Bickford as a docent)

Wednesday, December 6            7:00 p.m. in St. Paul’s Sanctuary

   Still Wednesday

                                        Advent Reflections: Race and Healing

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

An Essential Conversation on Race, Sept 16.

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

This event was just one of the many activities sponsored by St. Paul’s Justice and Compassion Committee to foster a Beloved Community. Summer field trip June 2017 to the Underground Railroad Trail at Woodlawn Park for a guided walking tour exploring how enslaved people eluded trackers and gained their freedom. 

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

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.