Main Line Church Supporting Black Lives Matter Movement

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A church on the Main Line will become the second in the area to put up a banner in support of a controversial movement. And they’re already prepared for backlash.

The Main Line Unitarian Church in Devon is placing a “Black Lives Matter” banner in front of the church at South Valley Forge Road and Maple Wood Avenue. It reads: “Black Lives Matter, Uphold the Inherent Dignity and Worth of Every Person.”

“The problem of racism is very real in our society and we want to call attention to that, we want to shine a spotlight,” says Rev. Neal Jones, pastor.
He says the church, which has about 600 members, has less than ten that are of color. But they held a series of forums about racial injustice and, in June, the congregation voted to display the Black Lives Matter banner.

“Does this mean that we are anti-police? No it doesn’t,” he says. “You can be supportive of police, as well as be supportive of African Americans.”

Central Baptist Church in Wayne put up a similar banner last year and it was vandalized. Jones says their church is ready for what comes:

“If it gets vandalized we’ll just put up a sign and we’ll do it over and over again if need be. Our decision to do what’s right must be stronger than hatred or ignorance. We will not back down or be intimidated.”

Jones says the Unitarian Church has a progressive history and is known for being at the forefront of the civil rights, women’s rights and LGBT equality movements.

They’ll dedicate the sign and hang it following a 2 p.m. service Saturday afternoon.

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One Comment

  1. Jesse Peterson says:

    This terrorist-supporting, anti-White church needs to be picketed.

    1. Jesse Peterson says:

      A vandal used the cover of night to damage a “Black Lives Matter” banner displayed outside a Wilmington church over the weekend.

      Officials from the First Unitarian Church of Wilmington said they believe someone deliberately cut the world “black” out of the church’s “Black Lives Matter” banner, displayed outside the church along Concord Pike near Halstead Road, sometime overnight Friday into Saturday.

      The Rev. Roberta Finkelstein , of the First Unitarian Church of Wilmington, called the vandalism “an anonymous and illegal attempt to silence Unitarian Universalism’s prophetic voice.”

      In a statement, Finkelstein said, “This cowardly act will not prevent us from continuing to speak out about racial justice as a congregation and a religious movement.”

      Officials said the church plans to replace the banner , and local police in New Castle County were notified of the incident.

      “We know that many members of the Wilmington community — especially the faith community — are eager to have honest conversations about race, justice, and the value of black lives in America ,” Finkelstein continued in her statement. “In the face of this naked act of vandalism, our congregation will not be deterred from its mission. We invite members of the community to talk with us about their concerns.”

      1. Jesse Peterson says:

        It is great to have a church stand on its values and expose morales to live by.

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