Racial Justice

Racial Justice in the UCC

For all of you are the children of God. —Galatians 3:28

 

Each person is created in the image of God. But whenever we devise, maintain or perpetuate systems and structures that oppress people based on race and/or ethnicity, we interfere with God’s purpose and the opportunity for all God’s children to be fully who they are created to be. Racism is an affront to God. 

Racism is racial prejudice plus power. It is rooted in the belief that one group has racial superiority and entitlement over others. Its power is manifested in every institution and system, both nationally and internationally, which was historically established and continues to function to benefit one group of people to the disadvantage of other groups. Awareness and education will help us to become anti-racist individuals and foster the development of anti-racist systems and institutions
that can eliminate privilege for some and oppression for others. 

 

The United Church of Christ and its predecessor churches have made a priority commitment to supporting policies and structures that make real our Christian commitment to racial justice. The UCC’s emphasis means more than simply challenging personal prejudices, but involves a commitment to in-depth analysis of societal policies and structures that either work toward the elimination of racism or perpetuate it. 

From Racial Justice in the UCC

May 23, 2021 - Pentecost

Racial Justice Book Group Service

January 10, 2021 - First Sunday after Epiphany

Sermon - “So, What's Next” by Rev. James K. Boodley

November 8, 2020 - Pentecost XXIII Service

Sermon - “A House Divided” by Rev. James K. Boodley

October 11, 2020 - Racial & Climate Justice Service

Sermon - “The Trouble with White Progressives is ..."

October 4, 2021 - Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Sermon - “Black Lives Matter, Too” by Rev. James K. Boodley