Church News & Events

Rebuilding the Churches

July 13th, 2015

Several predominantly Black churches were recently burned by arsonists in a clear attempt to strike a blow at the heart of the American Black community. The Rebuild the Churches Fund has been created by a consortium of congregations of all faiths to invite people of all faiths in standing with their sisters and brothers to help rebuild these buildings — which are not just houses of worship but centers of ministry for their communities.

All monies received will be divided equally among these congregations:

Glover Grove Baptist Church, Warrenville, SC
College Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church, Knoxville, TN
Briar Creek Baptist Church, Charlotte, NC
God’s Power Church of Christ, Macon, GA
Greater Miracle Temple Apostolic Holistic Church, Tallahassee, FL

If other Black churches are burned or previous fires are deemed to be arson, those churches will be added to the distribution list.

32 faith communities — Christian, Jewish and Muslim — in 14 states have already committed to have at least one special offering for the churches during July as a sign of interfaith solidarity against racism and with their sisters and brothers of faith.

“These acts of terrorism are not only an attack on the human dignity of our black sisters and brothers, they are an attack specifically leveled on their most sacred spaces,” said Christ Church Cathedral Dean Mike Kinman. “The only way to meet this hatred is with love. That’s what the Rebuild the Churches effort does — give people of all faiths a chance to respond in with a love that will always be greater than any hate.”

“Our young activists remind us to ‘love and support each other!,’ said Rabbi Susan Talve of Central Reform Congregation in St. Louis. “We will continue to rebuild every church with our love and support and the good in us, in all of us, will win.”

“All people deserve a sanctuary–a sacred haven of peace. To desecrate and destroy a sanctuary is a heinous act.” said The Rev. Dr. Heather Arcovitch, Senior Minister of First Congregational Church of St. Louis. “We are praying that God will spread a shelter of protection and comfort over our Black sister congregations, and we invite faithful people of all faiths to join in being Gods hands and heart in doing it.”

Anyone can contribute to the fund online by clicking on the button below. God bless you.

Those wishing to give can also make a check out to Christ Church
Cathedral with “Rebuild the Churches Fund” in the memo line
and send it to:

Rebuild the Churches
c/o Christ Church Cathedral
1210 Locust Street
St. Louis, MO 63103

The following faith communities have already agreed to have a
special collection for these churches at least once during July:

Central Reform Congregation, St. Louis
St. John AME Church, St. Louis
Trinity Episcopal Church, St. Louis
Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion, University City, MO
Christ the King UCC, Florissant, MO
First Congregational UCC, St. Louis
Washington Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, St. Louis
Ward AME Church, Florissant, MO
Christ Church Cathedral (Episcopal), St. Louis
Southern Union Missionary Baptist Church, St. Louis
Lafayette Park UMC, St. Louis
Centenary UMC, St. Louis
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Omaha, NE
Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist, San Francisco
All Saints Episcopal, St. Louis
Grace Chapel, Rossview, TN
Holy Comforter Episcopal Church, Burlington, NC
St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral, Albuquerque, NM
Christ Church Cathedral (Episcopal), Cincinnati, OH
Cathedral Church of St. Paul (Episcopal), Detroit
St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral, Jacksonville, FL
Cathedral of St. Paul (Episcopal), Erie, PA
Episcopal Cathedral, Philadelphia, PA
Cathedral of All Souls (Episcopal), Asheville, NC
Christ Church Cathedral (Episcopal), Eau Claire, WI
Christ Church Cathedral (Episcopal), Hartford, CT
St. Paul’s Cathedral (Episcopal), Buffalo, NY
Living Water UCC, Philadelphia
St. John’s UCC, St. Louis
Islamic Community Center, St. Louis
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Beverly, MA
St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, Burlington, VT

Other congregations who wish to be added to this list
should email Dean Kinman.

First Congregational Church