"Why I Protest" by Rev. Traci Blackmon, Executive Minister of Justice and Witness Ministries
What it is: In this video, Rev. Traci Blackmon explains why she engages in protests to oppose the injustices created by systems of white supremacy.
How to use it: Share this on your church’s Facebook page by right-clicking on the video, copying the video URL, and pasting it into the post section. Use this video as a discussion tool for your church and your church’s Facebook page. Discuss why showing up for protests against racism is important and why so many groups use protesting as a means of pushing for change.
"What does the Lord require of you but to do Justice" - Micah 6:8a
God is calling us to actively engage in the work of racial justice by eradicating racism and white supremacy, being aware of efforts to eradicate human and civil rights, and strategizing to inform our congregations, community organizations, and concerned citizens when racism impacts all lives. Below are websites recommended to us by our Minister of Racial Justice to report racist abuses in our nation, your local church, and communities:
What it is: This is a small collection of remarks, prayers, and sermons given by UCC ministers in response to the violence in Charlottesville.
How to use it: Adapt these resources for your own prayers and sermons addressing white supremacy. Feature excerpts in your church newsletters or on your church website to discuss the racism and the violence that happened in Charlottesville.
The tragedy in Charlottesville has left many of our local churches asking questions such as:
- What should we do if this happens in our community?
- How can we prepare ourselves?
- How can we know when and how to get involved?
Here are some practical things you can do to organize against white supremacy.
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What it is: A podcast from the writers of the UCC’s Daily Devotional. This episode addresses the problem with trying to be impartial in matters of justice.
How to use it: Use this podcast as a discussion starter in a small group, a reflection during worship, or as an educational tool on your church website. Ask people to reflect on why the impartiality of white people concerning racial justice issues contributes to white supremacy.
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What it is: A year’s worth of devotions for social justice advocates.
How to use it: Use this devotion book as a resource for a small group or reflection during worship. After each devotion, ask small group participants how they will apply the devotion to their daily lives and how the devotion relates to confronting white supremacy.
What it is: An adult curriculum from the United Church of Christ that’s designed to invite church members to engage in meaningful and bold conversations on race. The curriculum and supporting resources can be found here.
How to use it: Download the curriculum and facilitator resources, and use “White Privilege: Let’s Talk” as a starting point for conversations in your congregations about white privilege. This can be used as a small group resource or even as a training resource for lay leaders who need to explore these conversations before doing justice work.
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Dismantling From Within
How to use it: Is your church ready to dismantle racism from within? Read this article and discuss the ways your church will work to dismantle the white supremacy within its walls.
WWJD? Put His Body on the Line for Racial Justice
How to use it: Read this piece from one of the organizers of the clergy response to the white supremacy in Charlottesville. Discuss what you think Jesus would do in response to white supremacy and how that should influence your response to it.
So You Say You’ve Got White Privilege. Now what?
How to use it: Many white people can acknowledge that white privilege exists, but they can’t identify the ways they uphold it. Read this blog and discuss the ways you or your church unintentionally uphold white privilege and the ways you plan to do better.