UCC NATIONAL RESPONSE TO XENOPHOBIA AND RACISM
CHRISTIANS RESTORING RACIAL JUSTICE FOR ALL!
Restorative racial justice means celebrating humanity’s rich cultures and diverse ethnic backgrounds, traditions, and expressions of faith. Racial justice demands Christians actively, boldly, and without reservation participate in dismantling racism within systems and structures that oppress people, limit equal access, and denies children, women, and men their civil and human rights.
STOP THE HATE
TAKE A STAND AGAINST RACISM AND XENOPHOBIA
It is our responsibility to report hate crimes.
- Human Rights Campaign What to do if you’ve been a hate crime victim
- Southern Poverty Law Center
- Department of Justice
- Hate Crimes Reporting
Tips for reporting hate, racism and xenophobia offenses
- Report, show up, protect, speak out, and advocate for vulnerable
- Identify and report perpetrators of hate crimes—racism and
- Inform and train members within your congregations and communities how to intervene, speak out, and disrupt hate, racism, discrimination, sexism, ageism, homophobic and sexual orientation oppression, and the suppression of human and civil rights
TAKE ACTION NOW
Join with the National Officers of the UCC signing onto a letter denouncing false information that leads to xenophobia and racist actions taken around the country. While others respond with fear and hate, as Christians we are called to respond in love. We remember that the bible teaches us, “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love.”
Urge your elected Members of Congress to stop the spread of xenophobia and to condemn in strong language racist attacks. Ask them also to support a resolution intro introduced by Rep. U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (NY) that calls on Congress to denounce anti-Asian sentiment in all forms, and for all elected officials to do the same. The resolution also calls for a coordinated Federal response to these hate crimes and to actively combat misinformation.
Contact the CDC to provide access to testing and eliminate bias
“Love of neighbor is an essential aspect of Jesus’ theology. Love for neighbor is not optional, numerous scriptures provide Jesus’ theological premises that love for others is most clear and illuminates one’s love for God. When we violate love for our neighbors, we send a clear message to God that we do not love the Creator, Jesus and his teachings, and the Holy Spirit’s Pentecost message to be the Church are ignored.”
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As people of faith, we are called to stand together to protect ourselves, and our sisters and brothers experiencing verbal and physical threats, and violence due to acts of racism and xenophobia.
Our role as Christians is to actively engage, address, disrupt, and dismantle structures and systems that perpetuate racism.
Racism has no place in our world. Racism must never be taught as a Biblical principle because God did not create superior people groups and cultures. Racism should never be tolerated in worship spaces, preached from pulpits, allowed in communities, or supported by local, state, and national government leaders.
We affirm God’s creation. All people bear God’s image and likeness with equal status.
God desires all people be treated with dignity and respect, to live free, and move about the earth without borders, walls, and threats of separation and annihilation.
The United Church of Christ Coronavirus-19 Resources
UCC COVID-19 Resources
Be Informed and Stop Racism and Xenophobia Resources
List of incidents of xenophobia and racism related to the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic
Why Disease and Xenophobia Go Hand in Hand: The increasing speed of international travel enabled epidemics to spread, and made it easier to irrationally blame foreign groups.
Asian Americans Report Increase in Racism, Xenophobia During Coronavirus Pandemic
UCC Responds to Cornovirus
Column: 'It's just too much': Asian Americans confront xenophobia, economic devastation and the coronavirus
Surging anti-Asian hate crimes being tracked during coronavirus pandemic: "Things are getting very physical"
Stand Against Hate – Asian/Asian American Stories
Hate Magnified Report
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14
“We have to join together to fight this virus effectively. Now is not the time to be torn apart by hatred”
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“Enacting trauma on our neighbors has a social cost. Violating our neighbors with hate messages, racism, and white supremacy, sexual assault and violence, and domestic terrorism are violations against God.
Individuals who believe in and support anti-black, Latinx, Native American, and LGBTQ agendas cannot claim Christianity as their faith and Jesus Christ as their Savior. How long Lord will we traumatize our neighbors?”
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Let us arm ourselves with the information we need to share with our churches and our communities, realizing and actualizing the reality that we, with faith in action and sound judgment, along with the “God of our weary years [and the] God of our silent tears … who has brought us thus far on the way”, is now and always has been our first line of defense and protection. Let us go forth as a people of faith and a community of faith “engaging the powers” for our health, healing and wholeness.
Ubuntu! We are because you are! (Rev. Dr. Janaé Moore)
THE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST RACIAL JUSTICE MINISTRIES
The United Church of Christ Racial Justice Ministries develops and provides resources for congregations to acquire knowledge and skills in intersectional racial justice advocacy. Christians are invited to:
- Educate others to speak up when people are assaulted verbally and physically
- Advocate for and with historically oppressed and underrepresented communities
- Strategize and organize to eradicate hate speech and shut down white nationalism threats
- Engage in direct nonviolent social actions to correct and eliminate racist policies and behaviors
- Respond and assist families experiencing terrorism and militarized police violence
- Learn and teach from culture-centered biblical and theological resources
- Develop meaningful relationships across interfaith and ecumenical traditions
- Restructure capitalism and create more equitable systems of economic access and sustainability
- Resist patriarchy at all cost and create models of equitable leadership across all gender identities
- Eradicate constructed race categories within the Christian Church and society
- Dismantle economic systems of inequality
- Restore God’s human family—equally valuing all identities and people groups
Do not cause your neighbors harm. When you encounter your neighbors do not assault, insult, dehumanize, stereotype, and/or make accusations—verbal and/or physical. Our neighbors may represent or originate from other countries or continents, they may speak multiple languages, and worship God differently, but we are to treat our neighbors with respect and compassion. Love them as you love yourselves. Remember we are living on land that belonged to an ancient and proud people, Native North American Tribes. Respect the land, and respect and love your neighbors.
I am the Lord your God” Leviticus Remix 19:33, 34
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