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."
Areas of Work
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)
Mission trip grants
One Great Hour of Sharing supports programs internationally for sustainable development, emergency relief, refugee advocacy and resettlement, and disaster preparedness and response. Mission Trips must be coordinated through Global Ministries and must provide a response to a stated need in one of the beforementioned areas.
How to apply
Contact and coordinate with the Global Ministries People-to-People (UCC and Disciples of Christ)Program Office for a list of acceptable projects located outside the U.S. and Canada. The People to People Program is based in Indianapolis. Phone Number 1-317-713-2579.
Complete the One Great Hour of Sharing Mission Trip Application that includes information about the nature of the project, date of the project, number of participants, name of sponsoring congregation or body, and a brief statement as to how the project is seen as an extension of One Great Hour of Sharing's purpose and priorities.
When possible, applications for partner grants should be made to the Global Sharing of Resources Office by December 1 of the year prior to the trip.
Priority will be given to projects that are coordinated through Global Ministries. Priority will also be given to projects that have not received a grant in the previous three years.
Grants will normally be made for up to $500. Grants will be directed to the sponsoring congregation. Grants should normally be used for materials and supplies or for financial assistance to persons who otherwise would not be able to participate.
All groups should remember that One Great Hour of Sharing funds have been entrusted to Wider Church Ministries to use wisely, responsibly and compassionately to bring help and hope to people severely impacted by disaster, poverty, hunger, and other humanitarian deprivations.
All gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing are tax deductible and 100% of designated gifts go to the designated area of response. Non-designated funds are encouraged. They allow One Great Hour of Sharing to address future hidden and forgotten emergencies around the world.
Mission Trip Opportunities within the United States
||Small seed grants encourage and support participation of groups from UCC congregations and affiliated organizations to engage in international hands-on mission and service opportunities through UCC/Disciples Global Ministries in areas of disaster, development or refugee ministries. Read More...|
|CWS Kits (Health, Baby and School kits) are needed year round for distribution in times of disasters and rehabilitation. Visit the Church World Service website for instructions on assembly and shipping kits. Read more...|
|Assist in resettling - Church World Service Affiliate office.|
All gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing are tax deductible and 100% of designated gifts go to the designated area of response. Non-designated funds also are highly encouraged. They allow One Great Hour of Sharing to address hidden and forgotten emergencies around the world.
Our Reformed Family
Our Ecumenical Partners
Congregations of the United Church of Christ
Conferences of the United Church of Christ
Associations of the United Church of Christ
Health and Human Service Ministries, Retirement Homes
College and Universities
Historically-Related Colleges and Universities
Historically-Related Seminaries of the United Church of Christ
Seminaries of the United Church of Christ
Miscellaneous Ministries Related to the United Church of Christ
Political and Social Activism on the Web
How to Add a Link to Your Website
|Our Reformed Family|
Church of Scotland
Church of South India
Église Réformée de France
Evangelical Waldensian Church
Evangelical Reformed Church in Bavaria and Northwest Germany
Evangelical Reformed Church of Switzerland
Hungarian Reformed Church
Hungarian Reformed Church in Transylvania
Church of Lippe (Germany)
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
United Church of Canada
United Congregational Church of Southern Africa
United Reformed Church (United Kingdom)
Uniting Church in Australia
|Our Ecumenical Partners|
1 Relationships of full communion.
2 Churches Uniting in Christ.
Churches Uniting in Christ
Ecumenical Partnership—Disciples/UCC [Unofficial site]
Leuenberg Church Fellowship
National Council of Churches
World Alliance of Reformed Churches
World Council of Churches
|Health and Human Service Ministries, Retirement Homes|
Council for Health and Human Service Ministries
Mental Illness Network
UCC Disabilities Ministries
Cape Albeon Senior Living Community, St. Louis, MO
Cedar Community, West Bend, WI
St. Paul's Home and Retirement Apartments, Belleville, IL
Uplands Retirement Village, Pleasant Hill, TN
|Miscellaneous Ministries Related to the United Church of Christ|
Amistad Research Center
Association of United Church Educators
Back Bay Mission
Biblical Witness Fellowship
Coalition for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns
Colleague: Journal of Theological Reflection by UCC Pastors
Congregational Library and Archives
Council for American Indian Ministry
Council for Health and Human Service Ministries
Design for Leadership
UCC Disabilities Ministries
Faithful and Welcoming Churches
Friedens Community Ministries, Milwaukee
UCC Insurance Board
Laity Empowerment Project
Mental Illness Network
UCC Musicians Association
UCC Musicians National Network
UCC Office Support Staff Network
UCC Professional Chaplains and Counselors
Open and Affirming Congregations
Order of Corpus Christi
Outdoor Ministries, Conference Centers and Summer Camps
Pacific Islander & Asian American Ministries
Parish Nurse Ministries
Suncoast Rainbow Coalition of the Greater Tampa Bay Area
United Black Christians
|Political and Social Activism on the Web|
Action Without Borders
Americans United for Separation of Church and State
Center for the Prevention of Sexual and Domestic Violence
Coalition for Quality Children's Media
Children's Defense Fund
Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility
DATA, Debt AIDS Trade Africa
Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
Human Rights Campaign
Institute for Peace and Justice
Institute for Policy Studies
International League of Religious Socialists
Moving Ideas Network
The Nation [magazine]
The One Campaign
People for the American Way
Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
Religion and Socialism Commission
Soulforce: Ending Violence Against Gays and Lesbians
Voices for Justice
Welfare Working Group
World Fellowship Center
This selection of sites reflects a broad diversity of political opinion and is provided as a service to our users. Links to any website do not imply the endorsement of General Synod or the national setting of the United Church of Christ.
|How to Add a Link to Your Website|
If you represent a local congregation of the United Church of Christ, please send your website address to the Yearbook Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include the name of your church, city, and state! All other proposed links should be mailed to email@example.com. Because of the volume of requests received, please be patient if there is a delay. We normally add new links every four to six weeks.
Need some help in developing a website for your congregation? Check out our Webmasters Page and the interactive Webmasters Forum.
These pages of links are provided as a service by the Proclamation, Identity and Communication Team, Office of General Ministries, United Church of Christ. The content of any linked website outside the ucc.org domain does not necessarily reflect the views of the General Synod of the United Church of Christ, the Executive Council, or the various ministries of the UCC's national setting. We strive to provide a variety of links to religious and secular resources that may be of interest to some of our users.
The UCC Web Team makes an effort to review content on an external site before adding it to our links page. However, parents should be aware that if their children follow links some distance from any website, they may eventually find content that is inappropriate for their age. We urge parents always to supervise their children's use of the web.
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.
During General Synod 23 an addendum was added to 1993 Pronouncement calling the UCC to become a Multiracial, Multicultural Church. The addendum called the UCC to also become an "Anti-Racist" denomination. In doing so, we encourage all Conferences and Associations and local churches of the UCC to adopt anti-racism mandates, including policy that encourages anti-racism programs for all UCC staff and volunteers.
Baptism, Eucharist, and Ministry -- historic step by divided Christian churches towards a common understanding
In 1982 the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches (WCC) published an historic theological statement titled "Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry" (BEM). The statement represents years of ecumenical study and dialogue on the the church's sacraments and offices of ministry. BEM explores what can be affirmed together by Christian churches of several (and historically separated) traditions—including churches of the Reformed, Lutheran, Methodist, Anglican and Orthodox families. It also recognizes that much more work remains before these traditions as they explore the many different accents in sacramental life and the understanding of ministry in the Body of Christ.
In 1985, General Synod received and committed itself to further study of the BEM statement. Both the BEM text and General Synod's response are available here, along with links to other WCC resources.
|Links to Resources|
Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry Statement [WCC website]
Faith and Order pages [WCC website]
General Synod action on BEM
UCC response to BEM
In 1989 the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) approved a historic partnership of full communion. The two churches proclaimed mutual recognition of their sacraments and ordained ministry.
Though remaining two distinct denominations, the UCC and Disciples have committed through their partnership to seek opportunities for common ministry, especially where work together will enhance the mission of the church.
The partnership is a unique experiment in U.S. ecumenism. In every setting of the two churches, UCC members and Disciples are serving Christ side by side. There are now more than 30 "federated" congregations affiliated with both denominations, and it is now common for Disciples and UCC ministers to serve congregations of the other denomination. The Common Global Ministries Board, formed by the UCC's Wider Church Ministries and the Disciples' Division of Overseas Ministries, unites the international mission work of the two churches.
|Links to Resources|
Report from Ecumenical Partnership Committee
General Synod: 1989 vote on Partnership
Common Global Ministries Board website
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) website
Partnership Website [unofficial]
The UCC's commitment to reconciliation among the separated branches of the Body of Christ includes our relationships of full communion. Among these relationships are the Ecumenical Partnership between the UCC and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the Formula of Agreement (FOA) among the UCC, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Presbyterian Church (USA) and the Reformed Church in America. Another relationship—which aims eventually to establish full communion among nine Protestant and Anglican churches in the U.S.—is Churches Uniting in Christ (CUIC). For the first time, CUIC offers hope that full ecclesial reconciliation will be possible between historically African American and European American churches.
Full communion means that divided churches recognize each others' sacraments and provide for the orderly transfer of ministers from one denomination to another. For example, Disciples of Christ ministers frequently serve UCC congregations, and UCC ministers can be called by Disciples congregations. While full communion opens up broad possibilities for cooperation among the national and regional ministries of participating churches, it is above all in relationships between local congregations that agreements of full communion become alive.
Some of these relationships are new; others date back to earlier centuries. In 17th-century Holland, the Pilgrims (who later founded the first Congregational churches in New England) were in full communion with the French and Dutch Reformed churches. We have for decades been in full communion with the worldwide Reformed family through the World Alliance of Reformed Churches. In recent years, we have entered into bilateral relationships with the Union of Evangelical Churches (Germany) and the Congregational Christian Church in American Samoa. We are also exploring a closer relationship with the Baptist tradition through dialogue with the Alliance of Baptists.
Links to Resources
A Journey to Full Communion (United Church of Canada)
Ecumenical Partnership (Disciples/UCC)
Formula of Agreement (Reformed/Lutheran)
Alliance of Baptists
Churches Uniting in Christ
Union of Evangelical Churches (Germany)
Congregational Christian Church (American Samoa)
World Alliance of Reformed Churches [WARC website]
Links to Websites of Our Ecumenical Partners
African Methodist Episcopal Church 2
Alliance of Baptists
Armenian Evangelical Union 1
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 1 2
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church 2
Episcopal Church 2
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America 1
International Council of Community Churches 2
Presbyterian Church (USA) 1 2
Reformed Church in America 1
Union der Evangelischen Kirchen 1
United Methodist Church 2
1 Relationships of full communion
2 Churches Uniting in Christ. The African American Episcopal Zion Church is also a member of CUIC but at present does not have a churchwide website.