2 Moorestown churches now have anti-racism partnership

MOORESTOWN, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — Church leaders in a Burlington County community are doing more than just preaching. The pastors are helping their members build a bridge of anti-racism in their community.

After the first Black Lives Matter march in Moorestown last summer, Pastor Thomas Holmes of the predominantly Black Second Baptist Church was contacted by another local church in town asking what they could do to help continue the movement.

That place of worship was the predominantly white Moorestown United Methodist Church.

"We just wanted to hear stories, we wanted to hear backgrounds, what some folks of color had been through, said Pastor Tom Korkuch.

For the past several months, members from both churches have gotten to know one other through Zoom calls discussing topics like white privilege, and also hearing from a local African American detective about policing.

"The light bulb moment was that these people honestly didn't know because our history has not been mainstream with curriculum high school,” Holmes said.

Discussions are in the works now for a blog and a statue celebrating local civil right heroes, Korkuch said.

“Exchanging the pulpit between pastors, congregates coming back and forth as well, doing book studies, mission projects also,” he said.