Peace and Justice Initiatives Forum

Westminster Church of the Brethren's Peace and Justice Initiatives Forum was pleased to present a speakers' series on Racial Justice which took place on Tuesday evenings in March of this year.   See the flyer below for the content of that series.


The Peace and Justice committee conducted a survey on racism of people in the congregation and through that survey identified topics for further exploration.  The group is planning presentations on the topics selected by the most people.  The first based topic on the survey will take place online on October 19 at 7 p.m.  Reverend Doctor Mary Kuchma of St. Paul's United Church of Christ will share a presentation on Racism and the Christian Response. Other sessions will follow in the future.


To highlight people's experience with race, once a month during worship a different person each month has shared his or her journey related to issues of race and discrimination.


In order to collaborate with other groups in working to combat racism, we have sent a representative to meetings of the N.A.A.C.P. and are also working with the Westminster Police Department.  So far the church made a donation to the youth outreach program by the Police Department and had a member testify at a Board of Education meeting on racial justice issues.


The group has generated a statement on racism, which the congregation will consider adopting in September.


This group of about twenty people will continue working on other ways to deal with issues associated with racism.








Speaker Series Flyer


                             Westminster Church of the Brethren

                                                                                       Westminster, MD


                              The Peace and Justice Forum

                presents a March, 2021, Webinar Speaker Series on

                              Racial Justice


                                                       Tuesday, March 2, 7 p.m., Judy Saunders-Jones and Dr. Richard Smith

                                                                       "Healing the Racial Divide:  What and Why"


                                                      Tuesday, March 9, 7 p.m., Judy Saunders-Jones and Dr. Richard Smith

                                                                              "Healing the Racial Divide: How"


                                                               Tuesday March 23, 7 p.m., Rev. Dr. Marty Kuchma

                                                       "Discovering Racism in the Teaching and Learning of History"


                                                                      Tuesday, March 30, 7 p.m., Dr. Raza Khan

                                                  "Transformation of a Belonging:  Healing the Wounds of Injustice and Racism"



Judy Saunders-Jones is the co-founder of the Jones and Smith Racial Healing Clinic in Baltimore, Md.,  (https://www.racialhealingclinic.com).  With over 27 years of experience in Maryland Public Schools, she has a successful history of  organizing programs on  equity and cultural proficiency and provides leadership in establishing system-wide staff development goals, needs, and priorities for equity.  Judith is an experienced diversity trainer and facilitator, equity and inclusion specialist, and the Equity and Inclusion Officer for Carroll County (Md.) Schools.  In 2019, she was the recipient of Maryland Multicultural Coalition's Jack Epstein award for contributions in multicultural education.


Dr. Richard Maurice Smith is the co-founder of the Jones and Smith Racial Healing Clinic in Baltimore, Md., (https://www.racialhealingclinic.com).   He is an Associate Professor of Sociology, the Special Advisor to the Provost on Diversity Initiatives, at the 2020 recipient of the Ira G. Zepp Distinguished Teaching Award at McDaniel College (Md.). He has taught numerous courses in Race and Racism, African American Culture, Social Psychology, Religion and Criminal Justice for nearly two  decades.  Additionally, he is a Diversity Consultant and Trainer for Carroll County Public Schools.


Rev. Dr. Marty Kuchma has been Senior Pastor of St. Paul's United Church of Christ (https://stpauls-ucc.org) in Westminster < Md., for nearly sixteen year.  He is also Senior Adjunct Professor at Lancaster Theological Seminary (Pa.) and an adjunct faculty member at McDaniel College (Md.) Social Work Department.  He has a passionate interest in issues of justice and equity and has been actively involved in organizations working toward those goals.  He was a recipient of the Carroll County Human Relations Commission annual award.  Marty and presented and consulted widely on race and racism and is currently finalizing a book intended to help white people meaningfully engage in the work of  anti-racism.


Dr. Raza Khan is the. President of the Islamic Society of Carroll County (https://iscmd.org) in Westminster, Md., and currently serves as Division Chair of Sciences and is Program Director of STEM Scholars at Carroll Community College.  He earned both his bachelor and doctorate degrees from Howard University.  He was selected Faculty of the Year at each of the four colleges he has worked.  He has been nominated two times for the Governor of Maryland's Service and Volunteerism award.  He was recently selected at the Keynote Speaker for the 2020 for the Carroll County Human Relations Commission for his multitude of service to bring understanding, an open forum of dialogue and  harmony among various faith-based organizations.