Metropolitan Community Church of Baltimore

401 West Monument Street

Baltimore, Maryland 21201

(410) NOW-MCCB

 


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10 AM



Prophetic Intercessory Prayer "On the Go"Wednesdays 
6-6:15 AM

Call: 530-881-1200
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Wednesdays 

6:15 PM

 

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Wednesdays 7 PM


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Metropolitan Community Church of Baltimore

"Divinely Positioned to Make a Difference!"



We are an open and affirming Christian Church proclaiming God's LOVE to ALL people!

 
Whosoever Will, Let Them Come! 




MCC Baltimore's 
'Seed's of Justice'
A monthly reflection that encourages EQUALITY & INCLUSION

Justice through Peaceful Protest


Before Freddie Gray became a statistic he was a man. A happy, popular, handsome guy, who according to his uncle, always knew how to make people laugh.  Now this happy go lucky young man has become an increasingly common and awkward symbol of modern oppression in the United States. 

 

Modern oppression is a rigid ugly concept that continues to sweep our communities and to cause acts against citizens by those who are supposed to shield us from all manner of harm.  These violent acts by those who promised to faithfully serve and protect their communities force common citizens to distrust one another and those called to serve for the greater good.   We are at an impasse and must demand justice and equality for ALL Baltimore City citizens.  Citizens look to those in charge for examples, but with examples like these we will never gain what we have so desperately fought to achieve in recent decades, the freedom from everything that causes racial tensions. 

 

Where there should be healing in 2015 there is now suspicion.  This community is tired of the kind of policing where criminal acts are being committed under a legal guise.  What of the tipping point toward solidarity and equality for all people?   The critical mass seems to have tipped in the wrong direction.  It seems that everyone has become guilty by some flavor of association.  It seems that Freddie Gray is a victim of the same association.  Guilt by association is a perception that does not have a legitimate place within the business of policing. 

 

On the morning of April 12th, Freddie Gray unknowingly happened upon what would be his final walk through the streets of Baltimore City, because minutes after he was apprehended he was fatally injured and died one week later.  The charge?  Carrying a concealed weapon.  Ultimately, the reasons he was originally apprehended and the cause of his injuries is still not altogether clear.  All we are certain of is that Freddie Gray became one of many black men in Baltimore City to undergo police brutality and then, one of many to succumb to it. 

 

Not all cops are bad but the few that are can make an entire force appear corrupt.  What kinds of people are policing our streets and what drives them to brutality?  We as a community are upset, frustrated, and confused, and we must have answers.   We are tired of the racist attitudes toward our black citizens that are coming from the Baltimore City police force.  In order for all citizens to gain equality we must empower our disenfranchised with positive examples and encouragement. We must embolden those who struggle everyday by not continuing to force them down. We cannot allow to continue the behavior that deprives black youth of the simple right to walk down a street without fear of being tazed or shot. 

 

PLEASE NOTE, we are tired of those individuals in our Baltimore City police force who are putting everyone's lives on the line by seemingly trying to incite race wars amongst otherwise good people. Some policing behavior is forcing this divide amongst diverse citizens and it seems like a well-orchestrated and purposeful plan. The bullying attitude from our police force needs to change and we as citizens have the power to cause change.

  

There are many constructive avenues we can take to circumvent our confusion and anger about how Freddie Gray was unjustifiably killed.  Anger and hate toward one another will not benefit anyone.  The answers often become clear through advocacy and education, which can lead to a higher commitment to one's values and pull people together in positive ways.  Peaceful protest in large numbers leads to dramatic and significant changes in policy and attitudes.  Through peaceful protest, we have seen policy changes relative to the death penalty, workplace discrimination, same sex marriage, and women's rights.  A call for a community of faith to come together is in order because we need God to order our steps.

We must push against bad policing because BLACK LIVES MATTER.

 

 

 

Gia’Donna Nichols-Holmes

MCC Baltimore Social Justice Advocate & Editor

 

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Pastor Burson's 

CONTEMPLATIVE 
COLUMN

                   GOD THE ARTIST 


In the first book of the Bible, we have one of the most illuminating aspects of God’s love for humanity, the Bible says in Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God created…” Have you ever considered the awesomeness of God creating art? Well, that is exactly what God has done. For the Bible suggest that in the very beginning, the world as we know it now was without form and God fashioned it and gave us sky, water, land, vegetation, trees, birds, humanity, etcetera. The more time I spend in nature, the more I see God’s hand at work. The more I see diversity in people, the more I see God as an awesome artist. I love art, particularly abstract art, it is the very expression of one’s creativity and application of the imagination. 


Art is good for the soul; it is full of inspiration, motivation, and healing. When we view art in any form, we experience measures of emotions i.e. joy, peace, adventure, empathy, creativity, and love. Art has a way of changing the way we view the world and one another. It has transformed people's hearts for centuries.  


In antiquity, art was understood primarily through the work of archeologists and the analysis of architectural structures such as temples, tabernacles, pottery, metalwork, and carvings. The Temple of Solomon is probably one of the most talked about architectural arrangements of all times. King Solomon hired thousands of craftsmen to assist in the building of the Temple. As a matter of fact, he sent to Phoenicia and summoned Hiram of Tyre, a master craftsmen who added significant luxurious fixtures to the Temple (1 King 7:-13-45). As people of God, many of us have lost our sense of passion for God’s creation. If we valued it more maybe we would take care of it better.  
 
The Bible depicts art in all forms e.g. buildings, sculptures, and architecture. God’s creation is full of diversity and inclusion, it is colorful and adventurous never need a realistic starting point.  

This is why I love art, and one of my favorite forms is abstract art. It allows me the freedom to wonder and imagine. It inspires me to see the world and people as I choose to without judgment or ridicule. 

When is the last time you took the time to really enjoy nature sitting in the park people watching, the sound of water, birds singing, ducks flapping, and the winds blowing. When is the last time you sat on the top of your car looking up at the clouds guessing what figure they were forming?  

For some this may sound too old school. The point is, get to know yourself more, enjoy life, live on purpose. If we spend more time valuing God’s creation, we gain closeness with the Creator. We build our relationship with God and dialogue begins out of our curiosity.


Inquisitiveness pulls us closer to God just as Moses was drawn to God by an all-consuming fire…all  because he was curious about a part of God’s creation ( a bush burning in the midst of rocks). If the truth be told, I believe God to be the very first artist.  I get to explore life at any angle I choose, meeting God in every design. The Word of God reminds us of the first Creator of all time. Genesis 1:1 says “In the beginning God created…”  
 
Today, I challenge you to inspire your heart with some form of art – grow closer to God by embracing all forms of God’s creation.  


Pray with me ‘Spirit of the Living and Holy God, thank you for inspiring me with your creation and through the work of artistry - Amen! 


Author Pastor Victoria L. Burson

New Members 'Seekers Class'
June 20, 2015
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Contact Angela Jones-Ramirez for more information at
angelajones@mccbaltimore.org

Youth and Young Adult Sunday
Fourth Sundays

Every Fourth Sunday is Youth and Young Adult Sunday!


Ages  12 - 34


Join us in support of our youth and young adults! Invite a friend! You don't want to miss your blessing!
Please contact us at info@mccbaltimore.org  or call 
(410-NOW-MCCB)

for more information!