Members of our church have helped establish and now participate in the county-wide organization called ACT (Anne Arundel Connecting Together). ACT is made up of area churches and other faith and charitable organizations within Anne Arundel County. With ACT, FPC members advocate for human rights while working for justice and public policy, reflecting on our faith, and loving our neighbors in action. If you have a passion for advocating for change, including ending racism, creating safe and affordable housing, addressing issues in our schools, acting to help end gun violence, and other social justice issues, we would love to have you join us. Contact Becky Hagee (410.695.1986), Julie Carlson, or Cathy Shultz (410.269.1165). In addition, FPC Action responds to national and state issues brought to our attention by the Office of Public Witness PC(USA) or those monitoring the State legislative session. To be added to our email group list, contact Cathy Shultz or Becky Hagee. Resources:
Member Jessie Sims carries a sign showing her support of women’s rights, along with Sims' aunt, Sue Dodds, and her mother, Laurie Hewitt. The march was held in downtown Annapolis on January 21, 2017.
First Presbyterian Church of Annapolis grieves with the family of George Floyd, who was publicly killed by a police officer in Minnesota while other police officers watched. Our hearts break for our African American brothers and sisters and all people of color as we watch the tumult and pain in our nation as they confront the violent legacy of slavery and racism.
We stand with our black and brown sisters and brothers and all other oppressed minorities as we join their protest against the injustices of police brutality and the systemic unfairness built into our society. We will act for justice, for in the eyes of God, love requires justice. As the modern-day prophet, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., said: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” We at First Presbyterian Church of Annapolis renew our pledge to labor for justice and against racism in all of its forms.
The prophet Micah said, “He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8. This command is written on our sanctuary wall. We will act justly for and with our neighbors. Jesus commanded: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind; Love your neighbor as yourself. “All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:37-40. We will love all our neighbors.
Environmental Stewardship focuses on developing actions and programs to protect and renew our environmental resources through advocacy and establishing role models of behaviors. In 2011 FPC was recognized by the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. as a Certified Earth Care Congregation in its commitment to environmental stewardship in worship, education, facilities and outreach. We are exploring options to purchase alternative energy (solar and wind) for use on buildings in our church campus while encouraging members to be aware of environmental concerns within their own homes.
The focus of the Social Justice team has been to initiate thought-provoking discussions on social justice and human rights issues within our congregation and the community at large. The team sponsored a Middle-East series concerning issues in Israel and Palestine. Also, members participated with agencies in social concerns such as hunger, gun violence, the death penalty, immigration, and welfare. This work has often been coordinated with the Baltimore Presbytery and community churches and interfaith groups. For perspective of what the former Justice & Peace Committee addressed, visit their blog.