Update from Adele Halliday (Anti-Racism and Equity Officer, UCC)
Black Lives Matter
In light of what has happened in the United States and around the world these last several weeks - Pride month takes on new meaning as we seek to do justice and walk humbly with our God.
“George Floyd’s words, ‘I can’t breathe,’ continue to ring in our ears.”
Church Leaders Acknowledge the Racism in Their Midst: In response to the demonstrations across the United States and Canada in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, the Anglican Church of Canada, and The United Church of Canada have issued a joint letter. Moderator Richard Bott calls on White members of the church “to commit ourselves to this work, for everyone’s sake.”
Artist Titus Kaphar talks about his painting for recent cover of Time magazine on CBC Q with Tom Power
Black Lives Matter in the United Church
The General Council Executive issued a statement on June 18, 2020, confirming unequivocally that Black Lives Matter to The United Church of Canada.
Showing Up for Racial Justice
The Characteristics Of White Supremacy Culture from Dismantling Racism: A Workbook for Social Change Groups, by Kenneth Jones and Tema Okun, ChangeWork, 2001.
Support for Motion M-36: Making Aug. 1 Emancipation Day
The Moderator has written a letter to the prime minister supporting designating August 1 of every year Emancipation Day to mark the abolishment of slavery in Canada.
Remembering August 1: End of Slavery in Canada
Watch Moderator Richard Bott's video message about the importance of commemorating August 1 for the United Church.
United Against Racism: Online Worship Service
Black Lives Matter to the United Church of Canada
We have participated in demonstrations. Letters have been written and statements have been made. Now it is time to worship together as people of faith.
United Church Anti-Racism Resources
Dear White People
Rev. Dr. Paul Douglas Walfall has also written a new blog post that calls on White people in the church to put their love into action to counteract racism. "Confronting racism is an act of love," writes Walfall, "When you love, you treat every person with dignity, as all people are created in the image of God."
A Tale of Two Kings: Reflections on MLK in the Wake of the George...
Thanks to my colleague Sara Shady for sharing this powerful response to the killing of George Floyd and the unrest that has followed in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and other cities around the country. Sara is professor of philosophy at Bethel University and co-author of From Bubble to Bridge: Educating Christians for a Multifaith World (IVP Academic)
21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge
“I am and always will be a catalyst for change.” -Shirley Chisholm