Importance of Racial Justice
St. Matthew Presbyterian Church unequivocally condemns racism and racial injustice of any kind. We grieve the tragic losses of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many others. We grieve the pain of people of color that comes from the past sins of slavery and segregation and the current racial inequities that plague our society. St. Matthew welcomes all people and gives thanks for all the diverse children of God that compose our congregation. We are committed to building a more just society together. We will do this through learning more about each other and about the larger issues that divide us. With God's help, we will work diligently to create a world where all of God's people have equal access to opportunity, health, and life itself. If you are not already part of our community, you are welcome to join us on this journey.
Racial Justice Resources
The apostle Paul wrote that by “bearing one another’s burdens,” we fulfill the law of Christ. Jesus himself told us to turn our cares and heavy burdens over to him, and we understand the faith community to be the body of Christ. There is no escaping the truth that as followers of Jesus we are called to care for each other, to ease the suffering of our neighbor, and to lift our voices for justice.
The Session and staff of St. Matthew urge our congregation to think critically about how we can help our society progress toward racial equity. We also invite our white brothers and sisters, or anyone desiring a better understanding of the history of racism in the USA, to educate themselves about the heavy load our Black American sisters and brothers have carried for centuries. With these purposes in mind, St. Matthew’s Mission Commission has compiled a list of websites that provide relevant podcasts, videos, articles, book recommendations, and other media. Whether you have five minutes or two hours, please Click Here for something worth learning.
Join us at our church in the woods for a stimulating religious experience. We feature a multi-faceted program of worship, children's education, music, fellowship and mission. St. Matthew is a diverse congregation serving the communities of Silver Spring, Wheaton, Rockville, Olney and Brookeville. Become a part of our community.
Our Sunday Service is 10am - 11am