Stirring the Waters: A Ministry for Racial Justice

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Stirring the Waters is a ministry for racial justice that seeks to educate the parish and ourselves on issues of racial justice, and work to understand the impact of racism and racial inequality, confront white privilege, promote inter-racial dialogue and act against racial injustice.
In January, 2018 this group hosted a Sunday Forum series entitled, "What the White Church Must Do.*" This page is dedicated to continuing that very important discussion with speaker recordings, handouts and other resources to help us learn and develop strategies to advance St. Columba’s important work in this area.

Stirring the Waters: A Series on Race

What the White Church Must Do?*

With racial injustice alive and well, a truly Christian response is demanded of all of us. Here is a recap of this speaker series which challenged to wrestle with this question each week.
*Our use of this title pays homage to a sermon given by Pastor Delman Coates of Mt. Ennon Baptist Church entitled "What the White Church Must Do," a panel discussion of the same title with Pastor Coates at the Washington National Cathedral and to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail."

Speaker Series

The Rev. Drs. Dennis and Christine Wiley, well-known civil rights activists and recently retired pastors of Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ deliver their empowering story about the transformation of the Baptist church they led for 30 years.
Listen (MP3)
Presentation (PDF)

Brenda Girton-Mitchell, an ordained Baptist minister serving as Minister for Stewardship and Missions at Metropolitan Baptist Church (Largo, MD). Co-founder of Grace and Race Ministries, Inc., an interdenominational group working for racial reconciliation.
Listen (MP3)

Laurel Hoa, representing SURJ MoCo (Stepping Up For Racial Justice, Montgomery County), affiliated nationally with SURJ, which organizes white people for racial justice, and moves them to act through community organizing, mobilizing and education.
Listen (MP3)
SURJ Mission Statement (PDF)

Reflections on the "What the White Church Must Do?" Series
Small group discussion and Q&A.
Listen (MP3)


Peggy McIntosh's "White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack"
Download (PDF)

"Six Unsung Heroines of the Civil Rights Movement"
Hadley Meares, February 5, 2018
While their stories may not be widely known, countless dedicated, courageous women were key organizers and activists in the fight for Civil Rights. Without these women, the struggle for equality would have never been waged. “Women have been the backbone of the whole civil rights movement,” activist Coretta Scott King asserted in the magazine New Lady in 1966.
Link to their stories (courtesy of Hadley Meares and