Crawford in Community
Through prayerful consideration, Crawford leadership has decided it does not make sense to worship in person at this time. You can read more about this difficult decision here. We continue to work and plan for in-person worship as soon as we feel we can do so and keep everyone safe and healthy.
As we wait together, we can still connect, support, encourage and pray for one another in a variety of ways — in on-line worship on Sundays at 10:00 am on Zoom or streaming on our YouTube Channel, in morning prayer on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:00 am, or Middle School Youth Group on Wednesday nights at 7:00 pm. We do this also by sending cards, making calls, sharing food, checking in on one another and continuing to give to support God’s mission and ministries shared through our Crawford community.
Remember, your giving is as important as ever. You can send your check to the church (34 Dix Street, Winchester, MA, 01890) or give online here.
July 5, 2020
Crawford’s Statement on Racial Injustice
Message from the Leadership of Crawford Memorial United Methodist Church on Racial Injustice
What does God expect of us? In Micah 6-8 we are told simply: “to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with our God”. Ten words with such power. The recent lopsided death count among non-white Americans and the brazen killing of black men and women, are clear signs that we as Christians have much work to do.
Martin Luther King said that riots are the language of the unheard. “As long as America postpones justice, we stand in the position of having these recurrences of violence and riots over and over again. Social justice and progress are the absolute guarantors of riot prevention.”
What is our response as a Crawford community? Our commitment must be much more than “thoughts and prayers.” We are called on to “act”, to “love” and to “walk humbly”, realizing all humans in God’s world are worthy. Steps we can take:
- Start with ourselves, in prayer, seeking insight, to be honest with ourselves, to ask God to open us up to hard truths and the possibilities of a changed heart.
- Learn more through reading diverse authors, discussing hard topics with individuals and in groups and consciously broaden relationships to expand our experience of differences.
- Listen, listen, listen. Listen to the voices of the unheard; don’t try to fix or defend; just listen and learn.
- Be present and active in social justice opportunities and events. Show up to protests, speak up with love when unjust statements or actions occur before you. Use your time, money, relationships, votes and talents to promote justice wherever you can.
Racist systems, structures and behaviors must change. As people of faith, we believe that change needs to be grounded in love. This belief is rooted in Christ’s command to love as God has loved us (John 13:34-35). We are called to participate, as John Wesley said to do all the good we can, by all the means we can, in all the ways we can, in all the places we can, at all the times we can, to all the people we can, as long as ever we can. Therefore, the people of Crawford Memorial United Methodist Church are committed to taking action for justice, to acting with love and mercy, and to acknowledge in all we do that we are all equally valuable.
Hope Luckie Frank Leathers Laura Myers Pam Reeve
Pastor Trustees Chair Lay Leader Church Council Chair
United Methodist Church
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What’s Going On
A new summer Adult Study class will start on June 21. Details on our Adult Programs page.
Crawford has had a presence at PRIDE for many years. While this year we cannot gather in person to march, sing, and celebrate, we will still gather online with other United Methodist communities for worship and prayer on Sunday, June 14 at 11:00 am. Details coming...
This Sunday, June 7th the Crawford community will gather on the church lawn to protest police brutality in our country. You are welcome. Bring your signs, bring your masks, bring your change energy! Rain or shine. 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Social distancing rules apply.
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