Putting our faith into action

How does the Episcopal Church respond to the two pandemics we face? Presiding Bishop Michael Curry recommends a committment to follow Jesus through the

Way of Love.

 

Resources outlining the program are here.

What is systemic racism? It is the policies and practices that foster the disparity in health care, education, living wages, affordable housing, even access to healthy food (read about “food deserts”). 

 

Why racial justice? Black people are disprportionately arrested; juries find Black people guilty disproportionately; judges give Black people disproportionately longer sentences.

 

We are all God's beloved children. We can no longer sit in silence while our brothers and sisters suffer.

 

What can I do?

  1. Educate yourself. Our school history books did not present the reality of the meaning and devastation of chattel slavery, the fallacy of race, and the many contributions that Blacks contributed to our national life. Request books from your local library. (Pick up of requested items is currently available while the buildings remain closed.) Here’s a great reading list.
  2. What is it like to be Black in Bethlehem, PA? Listen to these oral histories compiled M. Rayah Levy, Bethlehem Area Public Library.  
  3. Call out bigotry. Loudly. Have the difficult conversations with your family, friends and neighbors. Again, call out bigotry. Loudly.
  4. Donate to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, an organization that has been fighting for civil rights and social justice for nearly a century.
  5. VOTE! Support candidates who are righting the wrongs of our history.

Silence is compliance. Add your voice to conversations regarding systemic and institutional racism in our nation.

 

Bishop Kevin's message at a Bethlehem NAACP celebration of the Anniversary of March on Washington.

 

Learn more with resources from the Diocese's Racial Justice and Reconciliation Task Force here.

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church

1900 Pennsylvania Ave.

Allentown, PA 18109-3187

 

The Rev. T. Scott Allen

gambaguy@gmail.com

 

OFFICE HOURS

Our office hours are from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

610-865-3603

Email: saec@ptd.net

 

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WEEKLY SERVICES

8 AM and 10:30 AM on Sundays

suspended during covid-19 crisis

Ministers of the Parish

 

The Rt. Rev. Kevin Nichols

Bishop

 

The Rev. T. Scott Allen

Rector

 

The Rev. Dr. R. Jane Williams

Assisting Priest

 

The Rev. John Marcantonio,

Assisting Priest

 

The Rev. Abraham Valaith

Assisting Priest

 

The Rev. Lane Perdue

Deacon

 

Sandy Evans

Organist/ Choir Director

 

Mark Shipman,

Finance Committee Chair

 

Marlene Yocum,

Administrative Assistant

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