Hello Companions for the 40 Days,  

Lenten greetings to you. 

Throughout the year, we continue to send you occasional newsletters. Our hope is to stay connected about our ongoing and collective church work in dismantling racism. 

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 

International Day for the elimination of racial discrimination

March 21 is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. This is an important day to mark! We know, however, that anti-racism is not necessarily limited to one day alone. It is an ongoing, continuous, and faithful journey that can engage all of us.  

Last year, to help mark the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, we posted 10 Ways to Work Towards Anti-Racism. They turned out to be popular, and people asked for additional ways to engage in anti-racism work. 

This year, we are sharing 10 More Ways to Work Towards Anti-Racism. This updated list draws primarily from United Church resources. Please feel free to share widely on social media and in your community of faith! 

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Anti-Racism Children’s Resource 

One of the resources featured in the “10 More Ways” list is an anti-racism children’s resource. This resource is a compiled list of activities from 40 Days of Engagement on Anti-Racism. The collection includes ideas for children’s stories, crafts, cooperative activities, ways to engage the Bible, and more. Are there leaders of children in your community of faith with whom you can share this resource? 

Featured Read

Wait is this Racist book cover
Consider reading Wait Is This Racist? A Guide to Becoming an Anti-Racist Church, available from the United Church Bookstore. This book offers practical ways to examine different aspects of church life from anti-racist perspectives. It can also assist with creating an anti-racism action plan for a congregation.

Still Time for Feedback

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Have you shared your feedback on the 40 Days of Engagement on Anti-Racism program? There’s still time to complete the survey—it's open until March 31. 

You are welcome to share your reflections on the content, program, and suggestions for moving forward. 

Please complete this short feedback survey and let us know what you think! 

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The Anti-Racism Common Table; Staying Connected 

Are you interested in being part of a United Church national committee? There are currently vacancies on the Anti-Racism Common Table! Perhaps this may be of interest to you, or someone you know. 

There are also several other committees with vacancies. Please prayerfully consider the full list and any roles that you might be able to engage with. 

Finally, and as always, you can keep connected with the church’s anti-racism work through the United Church’s Anti-Racism Facebook group. Feel free to share your reflections by email.  

Blessings on your continued journeys,     

Adele Halliday and the Creation Team for 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.