There is an escalation in hate crimes, hate speech and bias incidents in both our local and worldwide communities. The Hate Crimes, Hate Speech, De-escalation Ministry was created in response to Saint Mark’s Cathedral Parish Statement of Commitment and Action. With God’s help, members of this ministry live out our baptismal covenant by respecting the dignity of every human being.

We will love our neighbors. Our goal is to offer hope and solutions to counter hateful acts. We will actively seek ways to identify, report, and confront hateful acts and behavior against all ethnic and religious groups, women, LGBTQ people, immigrants, people with disabilities, and all marginalized groups. We affirm our church as we stand together as a sanctuary and safe haven for people threatened by those who would attack them.

Want to get involved? Contact: Bob Chapman, ministry leader.

Resources and more information:

Combating Islamophobia Action Sheet (PDF)

Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide, from the Southern Poverty Law Center

De-Escalation Training Presentation (PDF) – Saint Mark’s De-Escalation Ministry Team