Abolition Advent Calendar - 2023

About Join The Movement

Join the Movement toward Racial Justice is an invitation to demonstrate God’s love and to partner with others who are working for the transformation of racism in our world so that we might foster flourishing lives for all.

As evidenced in the wake of the May 25, 2020 murder of George Floyd, and numerous attacks on our siblings of color across the nation, the movement for racial justice cannot be separated from faith commitments to do justice and love our neighbors. As divides deepen across our country and world, we are being called to grow our capacity for interdependence and nurture connections that value difference and promote equity.

Every setting of the UCC, from local churches to global partners, has a role to play in expanding our practices of antiracism and strengthening our capacities as partners and participants in the burgeoning racial justice movements of our time. In this effort, story-sharing is a key component. Our stories show us not only who we are, but also inspire who we may become. Providing opportunities to encounter the antiracism journeys of others, Join the Movement will be a hub of story-sharing that draws others to participate and opens hearts to new possibilities and practices of racial justice.

The Christian church began as a movement towards a just world through the teachings of Jesus. As followers of Jesus, we believe it is our mandate to work for and seek justice, love, and compassion, as we join with and become our own Spirit-led movements toward racial justice.

Becoming An Antiracist Church. Building An Antiracist World.

As part of our foundational commitments to a just world for all, the United Church of Christ has been engaged in the work of racial justice from the start. Listen to UCC General Minister and President John Dorhauer describe how we can continue the journey of our ancestors toward racial justice by joining the movement today.

“Race is not Real.  Race does not exist biologically nor anthropologically, neither is there any reference to race in the 66 canonized books of the Bible. Race is neither scientific nor sacred. Race is an artificial social construct, and it serves a social function.

Racism is Real. Racism originates from the unholy belief that there are human groups with particular social and physical characteristics that make them superior or inferior to another human group.”

– Rev. Traci Blackmon, Executive Minister, Justice and Local Church Ministries, United Church of Christ

Share Stories. Build Movements.

We know you are doing creative, innovative, and heartfelt antiracist work in your communities. And we want to hear about it! Share stories about your work for racial justice to inspire and equip others in their advocacy and activism. By contributing your voice and listening to others, you help build the movement toward racial justice, across cultural expressions and lived experiences. Submit your story today.

Submit Your Story

Stay Connected. Nourish Movements.

Sign up to receive alerts about new stories and resources. You’ll also enjoy our Join the Movement newsletter, featuring changemaker profiles, reflections on current events in the movement toward racial justice, and more. Get sneak previews and information about upcoming events, workshops and webinars.