Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina

Members of Small Upstate Episcopal Church participate in big march

[St. Philip's, Greenville] Some members of the church known as the Miracle Church let their voices be heard in the nation’s capital. Nine members St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Greenville, SC traveled by bus to Washington, DC for the January 21st “Women’s March on Washington.” Reverend John Zellner joined the women from St. Philip’s to raise their voices in an effort to, “win back the country and world we want.” 
 
Reverend Zellner said, “The Women’s March was an uplifting experience after recent political disappointments. Being with half a million-like-minded people made it feel possible to have hope for the future. Many seeds were planted for marchers to go back to their home places and become more active in speaking up for justice and right. I was most moved by six-year-old Sophie Cruz, daughter of immigrant parents from Guatemala. She spoke first in English, then Spanish. I realized her mother did not understand the English because she only began to cry when Sophie spoke their native language. Her message was a powerful witness for human rights and affording dignity to every human being.” 
 
St. Philip’s member Janice Smith said, “I was amazed with the crowd. The strong, talented, and passionate people from all walks of life. Men and women, young and old, and all ethnicities were represented. I enjoyed the journey, and I've become more active locally.” 
 
“Marching in Washington was an overwhelming experience. The peace that was surrounding the day was awesome. The police and security were so nice and helpful. I am not a person who enjoys crowds, but I was met with peace, hope, and joy from people who realize social justice is a walk we all need to take. I'm feeling blessed to have witnessed an amazing day in history and to understand we need to care for all. I will always remember what you do to the lest of them, you do also unto me. This is not a statement for debate, this is how I feel,” according church member Christine Zellner. 
 
Paula Gomez stated, “I supported the women's march on (because) we marched for a cause. Signs proclaimed, "WE ARE CREATED EQUAL” What a great day! We at St Philip's Episcopal Church marched for the cause of women's rights.” 
 
St. Philip’s Episcopal Church was first established in 1914 as a mission church. Giving back to the community is an important component of the church’s mission. St. Philip’s is one of seven congregations founded for African-Americans in the Diocese of Upper South Carolina. St. Philip’s is known as the “Miracle Church.” In 2002, the congregation, with the support of the Diocese of Upper South Carolina, began construction of a new sanctuary based on the Habitat for Humanity premise.
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