United Church of Christ

Act Now: Unite to End Racism


The United Church of Christ (UCC) is proud to partner with the National Council of Churches (NCC), denominational leaders and members of communion churches, and ecumenical bodies to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. in Washington, D.C., April 3-5.

Join this historic event as the National Council of Churches, UCC General Minister and President, Rev. John Dorhauer, and UCC members from across the country in this Rally and a Call to Action.

Call to Action
To finish the work of Martin Luther King, Jr., and challenge ourselves and our neighbors to join in an awakening to truth-telling, leading to actions and activism in order to heal our nation, communities of color, and people of faith

AAwaken the nation to the truth that racism hurts us all
CConfront the ways in which we have been complicit, complacent, or coerced
TTransform – as stories are shared and truth is revealed, name the ways we can change and be transformed: as individuals, families, neighborhoods, communities of faith, and society as a whole

Where: At sites across Washington, DC, including the Lincoln Memorial and the National Mall

When: April 3-5, 2018

Tuesday, April 3: Prayer

  • 6:00 p.m.: Orthodox Christian Bridegroom Service of Holy Tuesday
  • 8:00 p.m.: Then and Now: An Ecumenical Gathering to End Racism
    Location: Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral,
    2815 36th St., NW, Washington, D.C., 20007 – Click here for parking info

Wednesday, April 4: ACT to End Racism Rally on the National Mall

  • 7-8 a.m.: Silent Prayer Walk to the National Mall
  • 8-9 a.m.: Interfaith Service
  • 9 a.m.-3 p.m.: Rally and Call to Commitment

Thursday, April 5: National Day of Advocacy & Action

  • April 5 Itinerary
    8:30-11:00: Training – Issue Platform Briefing and How to Do Effective Legislative Visits
    Location: Historic Ebenezer United Methodist Church, 400 D St. SE
  • 11:00-5:00: Visit Your Congressional Leaders
    For legislative visits we expect participants to make their own appointments. Call 202-224-3121 for both the Senate and the House to make appointments.
  • 1:00-2:15/ 2:30-3:45: Afternoon workshops (each workshop will be offered twice to accommodate schedules for legislative visits)
    Location: St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 301 A St. SE
    • Moral Framing for Action and Advocacy
    • Tools for Disrupting Racism – Internal Conversation for White People
    • Finding our Voices – Grassroots Organizing for People Under 18
  • 4:00: Debrief – St. Mark’s

Post Rally Gathering

Tuesday, April 4: Immediately following the rally get refreshed and energized to return to your local churches sharing what you experienced at the rally. Come and celebrate the launch of the ACT Now! campaign To End Racism. Our host will be First Congregational UCC located at 945 G Street NW. The church is 5-7 blocks from the National Mall. Receive more information about the multi-year efforts of the campaign to awaken your congregation to the ongoing work to end racism. Come and greet your UCC sisters and brothers from across the country.

Be part of the nationwide commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination and be part of this clarion call to the nation! Learn more and sign up for updates via the National Council of Churches.

Volunteer Wednesday, April 4

Sign up to be a volunteer at the UCC Tent

  • We need 2-4 greeters during the rally knowledgeable about the UCC denomination to staff the tent. The UCC tent will be located on the National Mall between 12th and 14th street. (A more exact location is not available at this time.) A banner will indicate you are in the right location. Contact Lovev@ucc.org and indicate your interest no later than, Monday, April 2. Leave an email with your name and more information will be sent to you.
  • Volunteers will work in 2 shifts: 9 am – 12 pm; 12 pm – 3 pm. Volunteers report to the tent at 8:45 am Tuesday morning. Your role will be to welcome rally guests and visitors, hand out materials, and provide information about the United Church of Christ denomination. Sandy Sorenson, Director, National Office will be available to assist volunteers during the day.
Bus and Metrorail Information

Visit the Following Websites for Updates and More Information

Please remember to register your bus in order to gain access to the drop-off and pick up location on the day of the rally.

Registration: http://www.rally2endracism.org/

Bus Information:

  • Buses from out of town will be able to park at RFK Stadium. Use the Metrorail to commute from these locations to the National Mall.
  • The Metro station closest to the National Mall is the Smithsonian station. It can be accessed on the Blue, Orange and Silver lines.
  • Check the ACT Now website, rally2endracism/transport for more information.
  • Washington D.C. Department of Transportation has agreed to allow buses to drop off and pick up on Independence Avenue between 7th and 14th Street.
  • ADA drop off location will be at 12th and Jefferson Street, SW.
  • Persons that will be utilizing Metrorail, use your Washington D.C. map to assist with your navigation to the Metro Stations closest to the National Mall (Smithsonian, L’Enfant Plaza, Federal Triangle, Union Station, and Archives). It would be advantageous to have the Bus Captains to purchase the Smartrip Cards for the persons on their buses that will be using Metrorail. Please visit the ACT Now website for updates.

Additional Information:
Buses will be able to drop off and pick up passengers on on the north side of Independence Ave SW between 7th St and 14th St. After dropping off, buses will have to go elsewhere to park for the day. The primary parking option is three churches in Silver Spring who are working with us. They are:

Georgia Avenue Baptist Church – 12525 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD
Silver Spring Assembly of God Church – 12805 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD
Glenmont United Methodist Church – 12901 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD

The cost for parking at these locations is a suggested donation of $25.

Additionally, parking is available at RFK Stadium, Lot 8. The address for the lot is 2517 Independence Ave SE. No advance reservations are needed. There will be a cashier on site to accept payment. Cost is $65 per bus and payable with cash or credit (additional small fee).

Preparation for the Day

UCC churches plan to walk together as a denomination Tuesday morning during the Silent Prayer Walk to the National Mall as a sign of solidarity to end racism in our nation. The gathering location will be forthcoming.

Please wear Shades of Blue represented in the A Just World for All logo. You may also purchase A Just World for All tee-shirts and caps at the UCC Merchandise and Bookstore.

  • Wear comfortable clothes and shoes
  • Lawn chairs and backpacks are welcome on the National Mall during the rally
  • Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Please make sure to bring a water bottle with you
  • Placards and signs are welcome to identify your UCC church. Please discard signs in a refuse when the rally is over, or take them with you back to bus or vehicle
  • Alert your bus driver of the pick up and drop-off locations indicated on the ACT Now! Website
  • ACT Now! Volunteers will be available assist anyone with physical mobility challenges
  • The UCC tent is available throughout the day during the rally
First Congregational Church Availability and Post Rally Gathering

Join UCC rally attendees and guests at First Congregational Church immediately following the rally.

First Congregational UCC has graciously offered the use of the church to host UCC rally attendees and guest between the hours of 12 noon and 5 pm. You are welcome to visit the church throughout the day. The Narthex and Community Hall will be open for you to enjoy refreshments, relax and use the bathroom facilities. The church sanctuary will be available for quiet time and reflection.

Jason Carson and Katie Adams, Justice and Local Church Ministries Washington D.C. staff will be available to welcome and assist with any questions and information about the D.C. area, UCC congressional updates, and upcoming events.

Immediately following the rally there will be a Post Rally Gathering of UCC rally attendees and guests between 3 pm – 5pm. Please bring your church group, family, and friends, to hear what’s next regarding the ACT Now campaign, UCC announcements, and updates for the Thursday, April 5 National Day of Advocacy and Action. The church is located at 945 G Street NW. The church is 5-7 blocks from the National Mall.

Enjoy Washington D.C.

Utilize the Get Around Guide while visiting Washington D.C. and the Gettting to the National Mall Flyer.

For more information and updates, visit the ACT Now website, http://www.rally2endracism.org/. The website is updated regularly, email mobilize2endracism@gmail.com

ACT Now UCC Point Person; Rev. Velda Love, Minister for Racial Justice Lovev@ucc.org

April 03, 2018 at 7pm - April 05, 2018
Washington, DC
Rev. Dr. Velda Love ·