After the Black Lives Matter banner at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church was defaced in October, the congregation is inviting the public to join in opportunities for education and celebration related to the Black Lives Matter movement. The church will take the lead in Annapolis to host and facilitate a community conversation about the Black Lives Matter movement and rehang its second Black Lives Matter banner at a public event with the support of many local church communities.
“The Black Lives Matter sign on St. Philip’s property delivers a message that wakes us up from racism and causes us to be alert and attentive to the roadblock that divides us all. The hanging of our Black Lives Matter banner, will bring us into solidarity with our brothers and sisters at area churches who say they will stand with us and we will live into God’s dream that unites us,” explained Father Randy Callender, Rector at St. Philip’s.
The educational discussion on December 19 at 1:00-3:00 p.m. at St. Philip’s will be based upon a model used by Coming to the Table, (www.ComingtotheTable.org) an organization that provides leadership, resources, and a supportive environment for all who wish to acknowledge and heal wounds from racism that is rooted in the United States’ history of slavery. Annapolis Alderwoman Rhonda Pindell-Charles will be a guest speaker and present a historic perspective on racism. Interested participants should contact the church at 410-266-9755 or email [email protected] with questions or to register. There is no cost.
All are welcome the following day, Sunday, December 20, to the Black Lives Matters-themed service at 8:30 or 10:30 a.m. and/or the banner-hanging event at 1:00 p.m. Two neighbor churches, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis and the Annapolis Friends Meeting will also join the St. Philip’s congregation in celebration. Additional area churches who have offered support for the sign and/or will attend the workshop include: St. Martin’s in the Field Episcopal Church, Severna Park; Asbury United Methodist, Annapolis; Asbury United Methodist, Broadneck; St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Eastport, United Church of Christ, Annapolis, Fresh Start Church, Glen Burnie and First Presbyterian Church, Annapolis.
For over 144 years in Annapolis, St. Philip’s has lived out its mission to restore people to unity with God and each other in Christ by promoting stewardship, community outreach, diverse worship services, church growth and the involvement of youth and young adults in the development of a cross-generational church family. St. Philip’s is part of the Episcopal Church, which is part of the Anglican Communion. The Episcopal Church is comprised of 109 dioceses in 16 nations.
For more information, please visit the St. Philip’s website at www.StPhilip.ang-md.org.