Faith Witness Against Racism

Event details

  • Sunday | October 4, 2020
  • 04:30 PM - 05:30 PM
  • Westminster’s front portico and roadside area
  • 412-835-6630

Many of us are pained by the racial injustice we see underlying the current focus on racism. Our faith has much to say about this. Westminster has deep roots in this struggle going back to our founding pastor, Dr. John Galbreath, joining the march in Selma, Alabama, in the 1965 fight for voting rights. Today the participants are new but the issue is ancient: how we treat our brothers and sisters particularly those of color.

Join in a Faith Witness to end racism.

So what is this Faith Witness?

It will have worship elements as well as public witness elements. Part of the “public witness” piece will be words taken from what Jesus read in his first public witness:

“The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor, He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Luke 4:18-19.

We’ll share these with those passing by in a creative and visible way. We’ll explore how these words relate to racism as we are experiencing it today, and see how they call us to change. Come and hear these words as a call to commitment to racial justice. Hear stories, old and new, of Westminster engaged in work to reach across racial lines. Find out how you can get engaged. Make a promise to do one new thing to end racism. Sign the poster that we will hang in our church. And do all this as a faith witness under a banner inspired by the words of Micah, to “Do justice, love mercy, walk humbly: End Racism”.

So join us as we gather for this time of praying and singing, remembrance, and commitment to action. We’ll gather at 4:30 on the lawn and sidewalk in front of the church. There will be special materials to help share these ideas with children. This could be a great way to introduce a neighbor to Westminster so bring a friend. We’ll be wearing masks and observing social distancing. And we’ll be outside, so we hope for a beautiful fall day. We don’t have a rain date so if it looks like rain, bring an umbrella. Please join us for this exciting new step in working for justice.