Christ Church Vestry Release Statement on White Supremacy 

Alexandria, VA, February 8, 2017— The Vestry, or governing body, and clergy of Historic Christ Church, Alexandria, has released the following statement regarding white supremacy:

“We, the Vestry and clergy of Christ Church Alexandria, hereby reaffirm our baptismal covenant to respect the dignity of every human being. In alignment with the Episcopal Church of the United States, the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, and the community of the City of Alexandria, we reject white supremacy in all forms. White supremacy is a sin and is antithetical to the teachings and example of Jesus Christ. We will continue to strive through our ministries and our worship to love our neighbors as ourselves.”

In the Episcopal Church, Vestry is a committee elected by members of a congregation to serve with the churchwardens in managing the temporal affairs of the church.

For additional information from Christ Church, or an interview with The Rev. Noelle York-Simmons, please Contact: Meredith Bracco, Communications Manager, Historic Christ Church; Alexandria, VA, 703-549-1450, 703-549-5883 (fax).

The parish home of George Washington, Christ Church has long been at the center of the religious and public life of the metropolitan Washington, DC area. Visitors have included Presidents Calvin Coolidge, Franklin Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and George H. W. Bush, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Senator Elizabeth Dole, and former Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey. Speakers have included Rosa Parks, Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former Secretary of Veterans Affairs Togo West, former Chief of Staff of the Army Gordon Sullivan, former White House Press Secretary Ron Nessen, and former Assistant Secretary of State Hodding Carter.

The mission of Christ Church is to embody God’s unbounded love by embracing, liberating, and empowering people, whoever you are and wherever you find yourself on your journey of faith.

Christ Church is a historic church with an active congregation. Located at 118 N. Washington St. in Alexandria, VA, Christ Church is home to 1,800 parishioners and provides ministry to communities local and global.