Taylor’s Community Outreach ministry is founded on Christ’s words in the Gospel of John: By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. We seek to do the work of love in our west Oakland neighborhood and beyond by working for economic, racial and community justice.
Taylor is a historically African-American church with a rich legacy of Oakland activism spanning over 90 years. Our ministry focuses on justice for the Black community at a time when gentrification, displacement and employment discrimination continue to drive African-Americans out of Oakland.
Under the leadership of Pastor Anthony Jenkins, Sr., Taylor has been a leader in the west Oakland faith community in struggles for local benefits in new west Oakland developments. Our ministry was instrumental in winning historic agreements at the former Oakland army base, requiring that employers hire local residents and refrain from discriminating against our formerly incarcerated family members.
Taylor’s ministry also supports the citywide People’s Port Campaign, which seeks to extend these victories to all of the facilities of the Port of Oakland — the maritime port, Oakland Airport and Jack London Square.
Taylor’s monthly Economic Justice for Black Oakland gatherings convene faith leaders and local activists to discuss issues of concern to the African-American community.
Taylor has continued its historic legacy of hospitality by hosting community events, including a mass meeting in support of the national Poor People’s Campaign, as well as a celebration of the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity, a faith-rooted immigration and prison justice organization.
In a time of much worldly injustice, Taylor’s Community Outreach ministry holds to Christ’s words: Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
“And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” (Matthew 26:27-28 – KJV)
As we can see from the above scripture, the cup represents the blood that Christ shed on the cross for our sins. However, the Lord’s Supper is not an empty ritual of remembrance. It has a specific purpose: to cleanse us from our sins.
“After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.” (1 Corinthians 11:25 – KJV)
Communion is one of only two sacraments celebrated in the United Methodist church; baptism is the other. It is the preparation and serving of a meal of bread and wine, elements representing the body of Christ. The communion stewards prepare the elements, dress the altar and assist the clergy in serving communion.
Because of our heritage of serving the poor and the least among us, the UMC has a long-standing tradition of having an open table. The communion table belongs to Jesus and all who wish to follow Him are welcome to come and commune. No other requirement is needed.
For a rewarding faith journey, we invite adult men, women and youth (ages 16-18) to join the communion steward ministry.