LOAM on Racial Justice
In July 2020, Faith’s Church Council signed a commitment to the Baltimore Washington Conference (BWC) to be a church that embodies antiracism. It recognizes that the sin of racism has been destructive to the unity of the United Methodist Church and that it continues to cause painful division and marginalization. In signing the commitment, Faith pledged to confront and seek to eliminate racism, whether in organizations or in individuals, in every facet of its life and in society at large.
At the same time, the Church Council endorsed the creation of the Love One Another Justice and Inclusion Ministry (LOAM). It was entrusted to build on the church’s public affirmation by encouraging study and action, working collaboratively with others to address concerns that threaten the cause of racial justice. The LOAM team is
undertaking activities to support the congregation's commitment to understanding anti-racism and beginning to understand how works of justice are part of how we are called as disciples in the world. While we are not all of one mind politically, scientifically, economically, or socially, we profess to be of one mind in our baptismal vows. We “renounce the spiritual forces of wickedness, reject the evil powers of this world, and repent of our sin.” We accept the freedom God gives us “to resist evil, injustice and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves.”
Prior to establishing the Juice, Joe & Justice series, an Anti-Racism Care Group met periodically via Zoom to educate and support one another to understand the manifestations of personal and institutional racism. This group has maintained a curated collection of resources that members have found helpful to grow in their understanding of racism and to equip them to be anti-racist. Those who are interested in growing in their understanding and exploring actions are welcome to use these resources and participate in Juice, Joe & Justice.