FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Media Contact: Heather Cronk, firstname.lastname@example.org
Progressive Baltimore Church Endorses Question 4
The Open Church Stands With Undocumented Marylanders on Election Day
Baltimore, MD -- In the lead-up to Election Day, Maryland voters face several important ballot initiatives. The Open Church in Baltimore, MD (www.theopenchurchmd.org) has been very clear in its endorsement of Question 6. Today, the Senior Pastor of The Open Church, Rev. Dr. Brad Braxton, released the following statement in support of Question 4:
"Question 4 is about fairness, equal opportunity, and justice for all Maryland residents. But, beyond that, it's also about how we treat our neighbors. Question 4 is certainly a public policy question -- but it's also a moral question. How do we, as Marylanders, choose to treat those who have known only the United States as their home -- and only Maryland as their home state? Should they be relegated to living in the shadows, working sub-minimum wage jobs simply to earn enough money to pay their rent and occasionally fit in a college class in order to seek a better life? Or should we extend just one small piece of relief to these courageous young people, allowing them to pay in-state tuition within the only home they've ever known -- easing the burden just a bit so that they can contribute their time and talents to making our state a better place?
For me -- as a justice-seeking, Jesus-following Christian -- the choice is clear. I will be voting for Question 4, which grants in-state tuition rates to young, undocumented Marylanders. Our congregation is supporting this ballot initiative as a moral issue, as a justice issue, and as a theological issue -- following Jesus' example of extending hospitality to our neighbors as a radical act of love."
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The Open Church is a dynamic, inclusive congregation in Baltimore committed to hospitality, peace, and equality. We seek to transform lives through creative worship that glorifies God and courageous social justice work that edifies local and global communities.
Rev. Dr. Brad R. Braxton is an ordained Baptist minister, a Rhodes Scholar, and the Lois Craddock Perkins Professor of Homiletics at the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. He is also the founding Senior Pastor of The Open Church, based in Baltimore, MD (www.theopenchurchmd.org). Dr. Braxton has preached at Westminster Abbey in London, England in 2007 as part of the bicentennial commemoration of the abolition of the trans-Atlantic slave trade and delivered the distinguished Bray Lectures on religion and social justice in Ghana and England in 2006/2007. He is also an inaugural team member of The African American Lectionary, the first online, preaching and teaching lectionary for African American churches (www.theafricanamericanlectionary.org).
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