The Ministers for Racial, Social and Economic Justice (MRS EJ) are an association of Christian ministers that actively pursues political resolution of Racial, Social and Economic Justice issues. MRS EJ is the clergy component of the African-American historically under represented peoples of the United Church of Christ. Although it operates separately from United Black Christians, the lay component of the African-American historically under represented peoples, the two entities do sometimes work together on pronouncements within the UCC.
According to their old web page, they are a group that seeks to "address racial justice, within the structure of the church and within the world, to focus on economic justice, noting that economic denial is one facet of racism, and to give voice and power to the many social issues where people are denied justice."
Council for Hispanic Ministries (CHM) is an autonomous body working cooperatively with Council Regions and Associations, Conferences, and Ministries of the UCC to promote its work among Hispanics/Latinos/Latinas in the United States of America, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and other nations of the Caribbean, Central and South America.
The Council for Hispanic Ministries:
• Promotes its mission within the United Church of Christ;
• Monitors boards and ministries of the United Church of Christ that deal with concerns and issues of significant importance to Hispanic people;
• Enhances the international, intercultural, and interfaith dialogue among its constituencies.
• Assists in the spiritual, theological and worship experience that honors the context and culture of its members and congregations.
July 3, 2020
COREM Says In One Voice, Black Lives Matter!
I can’t breathe! Mama! Mama! Those were George Floyd’s last words. He called out to his mother as life slipped away. George didn’t sound that different from Jesus when He cried out to His father. The State snatched Jesus’ life away more than 2,000 years ago and continues snatching the lives of unarmed Black men and women away.
George joined a chorus of Black people whose lives police took too soon. Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Sandra Bland, Tony McDade, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice are just a few of those souls. Many blame state-sanctioned murders of Black people--by police departments nationwide--on poor training.
Let’s be clear. Research shows “policing” procedures in communities of color and dealing with people of color, particularly Black people, are grounded in the Slave Codes. Those procedures are also grounded in similar codes used to dehumanize and demoralize Native Americans. We are, at first, treated as people to be herded or overseen.
Knowing we’ve endured white supremacy-fueled dehumanization and demoralization for centuries, and God’s call to love thy neighbor makes United Black Christians, Ministers for Racial Social Economic Justice, Pacific Islander Asian-American Ministries , Colectivo de UCC Latinx Ministries, Council for American Indian Ministry, and United Samoan Ministries standing with our Council for Racial and Ethnic Ministries partners imperative. We say with one voice, #BLACKLIVESMATTER!
The Council for Racial and Ethnic Ministries (COREM) is a ministry of racial and ethnic groups of the United Church of Christ - United Black Christians, Ministers for Racial Social Economic Justice, Pacific Islander Asian-American Ministries, Colectivo de UCC Latinx Ministries, Council for American Indian Ministry and United Samoan Ministries. COREM advocates for the racial and ethnic concerns within the United Church of Christ.
Pacific Islander Asian American Ministries (PAAM)
Council for Hispanic Ministries (CHM)
Colectivo de UCC Latinx Ministries
United Black Christians (UBC)
Ministers for Social, Racial and Economic Justice (MRSEJ)
Council for American Indian Ministry (CAIM)