JUSTICE AND compassion committee

The St. Paul’s Justice and Compassion Committee is on a journey to foster a Beloved Community where people of all races and ethnic backgrounds are welcome. 

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

Upcoming events:

Rally 2 End Racism

A group from St. Paul’s is planning to attend the National Council of Churches A.C.T. Rally in Washington, D.C. The rally marks the 50-year anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's assassination and the continued struggle toward integration and justice.  A.C.T. stands for Awaken, Confront, and Transform. The National Council of Churches challenges faith communities and individuals to join in truth-telling conversations leading to actions that right the wrongs, and thereby, with God’s grace, bring healing and wholeness to all people and unity to the nation. Learn more:


  • Tuesday, April 3, 7:00-9:00 p.m., St. Paul's UMC Room 115. We will gather to sing, pray, educate ourselves, and make signs! 
  • Wednesday, April 4, 9:30 a.m., meet at Forest Glen Metro Station to travel together into D.C. for the Rally on the National Mall.

Click here to sign up to participate either making signs or rallying on the National Mall. For more information, contact Kenzie Raulin (301-237-1520, kenzier@rcn.com).

Jericho Road Study, Condensed Version

During the Lenten Season we are offering a condensed version of "The Jericho Road" class, led by Rev. Claire Matheny, each Tuesday through March 20, 10:45-11:45 a.m. in the Library at St. Paul's. No registration is necessary. The Jericho Road is a winding, treacherous seventeen mile path that connects Jerusalem to Jericho, and the site of the parable about the Good Samaritan. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. referenced the Jericho Road in the last speech he gave, speaking to striking city sanitation workers in Memphis on the day before he was assassinated. This class features weekly Scripture and themes related to Dr. King's work on the intersections of racial and economic justice, then and now: Binding the Wounds of the Broken, Cry Tears of Love, Dream Dreams, Raise Justice from the Dust, Tire Your Feet/Rest Your Souls, Fix the Road, and Give Dangerously. The study guide, developed by the UMC Baltimore-Washington Conference, is also available for individual use. You can pick up a copy in the Narthex or download it at http://www.bwcumc.org/resources/the-jericho-road-devotional/ 

Memphis Sojourn

April 3-7, 2018

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Clergy and friends from throughout the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church will travel to Memphis, TN on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Through prayer, visits to historic sites, and dynamic speakers, we will consider the legacy of Dr. King's work at the intersection of racial and economic justice, and the work still before us.

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 previous events and programs have included:

Wednesday, February 28, 2018: Newseum Trip

St. Paul’s field trip to see the exhibit “1968: Civil Rights at 50” at the Newseum in downtown Washington, D.C., with visual and print artifacts exploring major cultural and political events if 1968, from the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy to the Vietnam era anti-war protests, the Mexico City Olympics, and the Memphis Sanitation Workers' strike, among others.


Saturdays in February, 2018: History in the Parks

Montgomery County Parks recognize Black History Month at Josiah Henson Park (11420 Old Georgetown Road in North Bethesda MD) and Woodlawn Manor Park (16501 Norwood Road in Sandy Spring, MD). Free tours and activities available each Saturday. The Henson Park is part of the National Park Service “National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom” program, and is the former plantation property where Rev. Josiah Henson was enslaved before he escaped to freedom and wrote an influential 1849 autobiography The Life of Josiah Henson, Formerly a Slave… www.HistoryInTheParks.org

Monday, January 15, 2018

FREE annual community screening of the epic documentary at the AFI Silver Theatre, downtown Silver Spring

King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis

This acclaimed documentary follows Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and is narrated by a host of luminary artists and activities chronicling King's life, work, and untimely death.

Wednesday, December 6: Still Wednesday

7:00 p.m. in St. Paul’s Sanctuary

Advent Reflections: Race and Healing. Special guest leaders invited reflection on the need for peace and justice in our hearts and communities during this weekly candlelight time of prayer and meditation.

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

This park on Old Georgetown Road, 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 from a number of Montgomery County faith organizations gathered at St. Paul's to engage in discussion and share ideas about moving forward together towards a more 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. 

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

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.