New Reconciling Church: Easter Hill United Methodist Church
- CALLED OUT
From the Reconciling Ministries Network
We welcome Easter Hill United Methodist Church, of Richmond, CA as
our newest member of the Reconciling family!
On December 7, 2002, the Church Conference unanimously approved a
Statement on Hospitality. Easter Hill is predominately an
African-American congregation of 350-400 members and friends. In its
fifty-two years EHUMC has maintained Justice Ministries that are
some of the most dynamic and influential in the Bay Area. In 1968,
the second pastor, the late Rev. Booker T. Anderson, was the first
African-American Mayor. In 2001, under the leadership of the Rev.
Phil Lawson, the current pastor, EHUMC assisted with Richmond Vision
2000 pushing the Richmond, California City Council to approve the
highest Living Wage ordinance in the nation. Pastor Phil Lawson
humbly notes, "However, I am most proud of the strong endorsement of
The Easter Hill United Methodist Church Statement of Hospitality:
"All of creation is of sacred worth. All humans are sacred images of
God. Easter Hill affirms, without reservation, Jesus' life and
ministry of unconditional love. As an inclusive and nurturing Family
of families, Easter Hill will continue to welcome and offer
hospitality to all persons, regardless of age, race, gender
orientations, religious, economic, educational or social status."
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