Social Justice

We Rise United to End Racism

“Transformed Lives Transform Lives”

Sunday, June 14, 2 p.m. — ‘A Call to Love in Action’ Outdoor Service at St. John’s Episcopal Church

The faith community will gather for ‘A Call to Love in Action,’ an outdoor worship service, featuring guest preacher, the Rev. William Barber, co-director of the Poor People’s Campaign, on Sunday, June 14, at 2 p.m., at St. John’s Episcopal Church, located at Black Lives Matter Plaza (formerly 16th and H Streets, NW) in Washington, D.C., near the Lafayette Square and the White House. Bishop LaTrelle Easterling will participate in the service.

Monday, June 15, 7 p.m. — Sacred Witness Training: We are a People with Power

We are a people with power. The Rev. C. Anthony Hunt, a professor and pastor of Epworth Chapel UMC in Baltimore, will lead people through the history and theology of non-violent sacred witness for such a time as this. It is our time now to be equipped for resisting all forms of evil, hatred and dehumanization. Register in advance for this webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

 Thursday, June 18, 3 p.m. — ‘See Something, Say Something’ Immersion Walk and Rally, Baltimore, with Bishop LaTrelle Easterling

Something sacred happens when we see and are seen. Walk for justice from Lovely Lane UMC, at 2200 St. Paul St. in Baltimore, to St. Matthew’s New Life UMC, at 416 E. 23rd St. in Baltimore, Thursday, June 18, from 3 to 5 p.m. Parking is available at the two lots at 23rd and St. Paul streets.The event will focus on “Seeing, Naming, and Confronting Racism in the Church” and offer tools for needed change. Discover ways to address the personal and systemic issues that have been plaguing the nation and poor communities for hundreds of years. Get equipped to organize groups in your community and to do the deep, necessary work to create an anti-racist church. Participants are encouraged to bring water and observe social distancing. Masks are mandatory.    

Friday, June 19, 8 a.m. — Juneteenth Freedom and Justice March & Action in D.C. with Bishop Easterling

A Juneteenth March from Asbury UMC, at  926 11th St, NW in Washington, D.C., to Black Lives Matter Plaza near St. John’s Episcopal Church, will be held Friday, June 19, from 8 to 10 a.m. Join us to cry out for freedom and justice on the day of the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. This is the time for the church to reflect on what it means to be free, just, and Black in America; to unite around loosening the chains of injustice, untying the cords of the yoke and setting the oppressed free. People are invited to bring prayers and signs to leave at the plaza. After the vigil, we will be sharing our demands directly with elected officials based on our faith, rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, our United Methodist Social Principles, and United Methodist Resolutions. Come as you are most comfortable. Clergy are asked to wear clerical collars. Participants are encouraged to bring water and observe social distancing. Masks are mandatory.  

Saturday, June 20 — Poor People’s Campaign Digital March on Washington

The Baltimore-Washington Conference is a Mobilizing Partner in this event. Learn more at poorpeoplescampaign.org/june2020.

Learn more at bwcumc.org/justicenow