Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. (Psalm 82:3)
In accordance with our Biblical mandate, the mission of the Social Justice Ministry of Nineteenth Street Baptist Church is to lift up and support those in society that cannot do for themselves. The definition of social justice is to ensure equal access to wealth, opportunities, and privileges within a society. Our ministry is tasked to raise awareness and generate support for social justice issues within the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.
Recent events sponsored or supported by the Social Justice Ministry include:
- Black Lives Matter (BLM): Black Lives Matter is an organized movement in the United States advocating for nonviolent protest against incidents of police brutality against African American people. Our church supports this movement by participating in rallies and marches and by hosting discussions.
- March for Our Lives: In a demonstration of support for a national call by youth to ban gun violence in America, a youth-led march in Washington was held in March 2018. Youth of Nineteenth Street Baptist Church orchestrated an inter-denominational rally on our church steps, then joined the march to the National Mall.
- History and Reconciliation Project: Nineteenth Street Baptist Church and First Baptist Church of Washington, D.C., which are bound together by history forged during the era of American slavery, have embarked on an unprecedented journey together to examine our past and cast a future of reconciliation. Both congregations are committed to understanding, restoration, forgiveness, and love. (ca. 2018 to ongoing)
- Congregation Action Network (CAN): Our church is part of a network of faith communities in Washington, D.C., that provide support to immigrants who fear being detained, deported, or profiled. We participate in regular meetings, called rallies, and budget hearings where legislation and resources are being considered to support immigrant families. (ca. 2017 to ongoing)
Volunteers are always welcomed to participate in these critical actions. For more information please contact:
- Deacon Sandra LeSesne or Deacon Deborah Crain Kemp
- Email: SocialJustice@19thstreetbc.org
- Phone: 202-829-2773 (church office)