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We, the staff, leadership, and congregation of Second Baptist Church, reject racism in all its forms.
We recognize that racism, both systemic and personal, has plagued our country and our churches. It is past time for racism to be named for the evil that it is, for systems to be transformed and for individuals to come face-to-face with their personal sin of racism.
It is time to look seriously at the racial inequality and the inequities that prevail in society and change the system so that all people are treated equally and equitably.
And in the church, it is time for us to repent, to seek forgiveness, and to seek reconciliation with our brothers and sisters who are often pre-judged, not based on their character, but on the color of their skin or the country from which they come or the language which they speak. It is time for all of us to work for justice.
We really do believe that we are all in this together and it is time for us to take care of each other,
Signed by 82 members of the Body of Christ as constituted here at Second Baptist Church.
A short video welcome from Pastor Steve
Second Baptist Church is a community of faith that names Jesus as Lord. We strive to be an open and progressive community that encourages healthy conversation about life and faith.
You may be a devout believer, or you may be a cynic, a critic, a searcher or a seeker. You may reject the “pat answers” of mainstream Christianity. You may have been hurt by a previous church experience. You may have questions about your faith or doubts about the institutional church. Regardless, you will find friends and compadres at Second Baptist who understand and appreciate the journey you are on.
We welcome you without regard to your race, ethnicity, age, ability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, level of education, economic status or any other status that may be misunderstood as a barrier to authentic community.
We invite you to join us as we discover grace and faith together.
Second Baptist Church chooses to look forward with confidence that God is indeed building a Kingdom where we are citizens who practice grace, love and mercy. As one person has said, “The currency of the Kingdom is love. Spend it freely.”
The word “Baptist” means a lot of different things these days, and the word can have some negative connotations. We believe that we are Baptists in the best way - grounded in the historical distinctions that have made Baptists champions of individual rights, freedom of religion, freedom of conscience and separation of church and state. Women have equal leadership including ordination and service as pastors. We have long associated with American Baptist Churches U.S.A and the American Baptist Churches of the Great Rivers Region.
Open in membership, open in communion, and open in acceptance. We believe that all people are children of God and it is our privilege to accept anyone who comes into our fellowship. Jesus said, “Come to me,” and we extend the same invitation. You are welcome at Second Baptist Church if you are rich or poor, married or single, gay or straight, black, brown or white, uptown or downtown, insider or outsider, conservative or liberal, together or a mess.
We stand for freedom of the individual in all matters of faith and practice of religion. Such a belief and such a spirit is a challenge to live with all one's powers and creativeness in fulfilling God's purpose. Tradition is worthless if it does not give strength and vision for the present and hope for the future. The tradition of freedom in this Church is truly a spirit which has been passed on to our generation. It is the very atmosphere of our Church, the refreshing air we breathe. Read more
10:30am Worship Service
Live streamed online -
At Second Baptist Church https://www.facebook.com/155120191289/live/
Or later posted -
6:00pm Zoom Fellowship
For details, contact Dave or Pastor Steve.