New Baptist Covenant is delighted to welcome a new Covenant of Action Partnership between Grace and Race Ministries, Kingdom Mission Society, and Metropolitan Baptist Church, in Washington, DC. The groups began working together last year to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s death by working to engage 50 DC-based congregations to commemorate, dialogue and take action together.

Working under the theme “MLK 50 Bridges,” the partners launched their effort in January with a nationwide online conversation, and then hosted workshops and panel discussions in succeeding months to engage people in dialogue and anti-racism work. Their goals are to:

  • Break the silence around racism
  • Build bridges of understanding
  • Share information and promote relevant community activities
  • Provide an online platform for discussions around race and highlight resources in the spirit and legacy of Dr. King
  • Provide education and training to help expand the knowledge and skills need to disrupt and dismantle racism in our communities.

CoA Signing Ceremony with Dr. Phaedra Blocker of NBC — Rev. Brenda Girton-Mitchell (foreground), Grace and Race Ministries; Alexei Laushkin, Kingdom Mission Society; Rev. Dr. Jesse Wood, Metropolitan Baptist Church

On August 25th, the partners held a Covenant of Action signing ceremony at their “Join the Table” event in honor of the 10th anniversary of Grace and Race Ministries. The day also included a panel discussion from a group of panelists on the “what” and “why” of social justice work, as well as an opportunity for participants to engage in small group discussions around their own experiences with racism and anti-racism work.

Moving forward, the partners plan to begin a multi-year project on the History of the Black Church to advance understanding of bridge building across race and denominations as ministry, and to host additional panels and workshops in an effort to equip clergy and lay leaders to be effective in anti-racism work.

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