Building a vibrant and diverse community that champions the inclusive gospel of Christ for the transformation of San Marco, Jacksonville, and the World.

Black Lives Matter

Statement posted 6/3/2020

In the late 1800s, a group of people gathered to start a church in what was then South Jacksonville. Elizabeth Swaim, a founder after whom the church would later be named, helped to begin a movement. She was a leader in the women’s suffrage movement who installed women Sunday school teachers and helped bring justice during her years not only to her church but to her community.
That legacy evolved from supporting the rights of women to supporting the rights of our black siblings. Elizabeth Swaim Memorial later aligned itself with the Methodist Episcopal Church North, an explicitly anti-slavery movement. As one of few anti-slavery Methodist churches, Swaim Memorial was home to one of the only gyms where Black and White people could play basketball together.
Sadly, the church lost its zeal for inclusion, and allowed for the sin of violence, silence, and racial injustice. We repent of our sins.
More than 100 years later, the church founded by Elizabeth Swaim, now named San Marco Church, is reclaiming her legacy. We commit to build a vibrant and diverse community that champions the inclusive Gospel of Christ for the transformation of San Marco, Jacksonville, and the world.
These are words. Words are not enough. Christ calls us to radically love and advocate for the disenfranchised. We must be a church that stands for Racial Justice. We must be a church that proclaims Black Lives Matter. We must be a church that continues to speak out for injustice in the world.
This is a movement to bring the Kingdom of God here, now.
A Statement of Affirmation and Reconciliation.
We believe in the divine manifestation of Love in every human being, including and especially in members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Your identities and experiences create unique and valuable perspectives and connections with God. San Marco Church celebrates all because God delights in our full humanity, present and welcome in God’s sanctuary and family.
Empowered by the Holy Spirit, we will champion the Inclusive Gospel of Jesus Christ so that all people know the love of God in this world.
This statement was adopted by the congregation of San Marco Church during Pride Month, June 2020. We are affiliated with Reconciling Ministries Network, a grassroots movement in the United Methodist Church.