Press Release for Immediate Distribution from Hope Central Church

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On Sunday, June 2, we welcomed Ms. Aysha Kahn of the Religion News Service to our morning worship and spoke with her about our use of the Tubman stamp to stamp the $20 bills we received in our collection plate. We began stamping our $20s as a public display of our desire to stand for racial justice. We are called by our scriptures and by Jesus’s life and teachings to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captive, to set us free. We believe that white supremacy holds us all captive, and working for racial equity is how we set ourselves free. While we thank the media for their attention to the project, the stamp itself is but one small action among the many ways we work for justice at Hope Central Church; the focus of our work is equity for all races, genders, sexual orientations, and class locations. In that spirit we are choosing not to engage in any further media coverage of the stamp so that our pastors, staff, leadership, and congregation can instead focus our attention on the work of Love in our community.

 

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