Justice and compassion team

The Justice and Compassion Ministry Team coordinates the efforts of St. Paul’s United Methodist church to help those in need. Working with other groups in the church and local and international community organizations, our goal is to find ways to help the hungry, the poor, and those affected by disaster.

We feed the homeless, provide school supplies for underprivileged children, prepare health kits for people affected by disaster, organize domestic and international volunteer in mission trips, and help refugees begin their new lives in our community.

We invite you to join us in helping others as an expression of our faith. There are many opportunities for service at St. Paul’s, and many ways in which you can participate.


For information on opportunities to help with ongoing efforts and upcoming projects, contact: Anne and Phil Rush, Justice and Compassion Ministry Team Leaders, annesprush@gmail.com

Beloved Community

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 events and programs include:

  • Upcoming: Summer field trip to Underground Railroad Trail. Both the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway and the Woodlawn Park Visitor's Center provide encounters with this historical route of escape used by enslaved people seeking freedom. More details soon!
  • Ongoing: 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. Our next movie is anticipated for Fall 2017 - stay tuned!
  • Six-week guided discussion during Lent 2017 of Drew Hart's recent book, Trouble I've Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism
  • Community Table at Impact! Silver Spring's Annual Meeting, May 2017. 
  • "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 moderated by Wesley Seminary professor and St. Paul's member Mike McCurry.