The email was sent by Pastor Makeda Pennycooke of the Freedom House Church, and specifically asked volunteers of the church to only appear on the front steps if they were white.
According to Pastor Pennycooke’s email, Fall is an extremely busy time at the church, and plenty of newcomers are expected to visit the Congregation over the course of the next few weeks. Therefore, Pennycooke opted to ask volunteers of the church who were white to come forward during this time, so that the church could give a good first impression to new visitors. In other words, the Pastor asked African-American members of the congregation not to participate in the greeting of newcomers as they approach the church.
Eventually, Pastor Pennycooke sent out a second email and apologized for the racist implication, but some members weren’t satisfied, claiming that the normally diverse church was trying to actively divide its congregation.
Divisive that was, and we agree. Let the church say amen.