November 24, 2022

 

Hello Companions for the 40 Days,

We have been journeying together for quite some time! Now, though, the 40 Days of Engagement on Anti-Racism are coming to an end. All of the content will still live online for many more months! You’ll be able to access the daily stories and the recordings of the live events. You are welcome to use any of this content to continue to engage with the 40 Days, to re-read or re-watch videos, or to re-engage in another season in the New Year.

You can find all of the stories on the 40 Days of Engagement on Anti-Racismwebsite.

 

40 Day Live Events

 

 

All of the 40 Days Live events are available on the United Church’s YouTube channel. There, you can find recordings all of the following videos:

Any of these videos can be widely shared in worship, with study groups, and on social media.


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Featured Books

 
 United Church Bookstore featured book covers for 40 Days of Engagement on Anti-Racism       
        

It’s not too late to order any of this year’s featured anti-racism books from the United Church Bookstore! The books are still available at a discounted price until November 30. Please use the promotional code 40DAYS to receive 20% off orders of two more books.

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Reflections from Youth 

 
  Youth Gather to Engage the 40 Days
 

Youth were engaged in the 40 Days! An Indigenous and racialized youth gathering that happened at the Sandy Saulteaux Spiritual Centre had its roots in the 40 Days of Engagement on Anti-Racism. Young people gathered for a weekend of conversations around identity, racism, retreat, and fun. The conversations among the youths were open-ended: Indigenous and racialized people named that they needed time and space to gather.

There are 11 video interviews conveying the voices of the young people, where they shared just how important their time together was. All of the videos are available on the United Church’s YouTube page


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Feedback Welcome: An Evaluation Is Coming

 

Feedback written on a chalkboard
 

Your comments and feedback on this year’s version of the 40 Days of Engagement on Anti-Racism are welcome! Please feel free to email reflections, ideas, or suggestions to anti-racism@united-church.ca. Are there particular ways that you or a group have been engaging with the material? Are there things you want to celebrate or frustrations or challenges you encountered? Please let us know.

In the New Year, there will also be an evaluation sent out with more ways you can offer feedback—please stay tuned for that upcoming evaluation and please share your perspectives!

 
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Continuing the Journeys


Even though these days of engagement are ending, the realities of racial injustice are ever-present in our church and society. How might you continue your anti-racist journey beyond these 40 days? How might your community of faith continue to work towards our collective commitment to becoming an anti-racist church?

This is our last newsletter for 2022. We’ll continue with occasional newsletters once again in the New Year, but for now, our weekly updates will also come to an end.

Blessings on your journey through the Advent and Christmas seasons.
 


Adele Halliday and the Creation Team for the 40 Days of Engagement on Anti-Racism   

The United Church is committed to becoming an anti-racist church through a continuous struggle against racism. Find out more about this commitment, including how your community of faith can get involved in worship, study, and reflection.