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Black Lives Matter

Pray. Act. Educate. Care. Love.

As a church community, we mourn the recent devastating deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others. We grieve knowing that these unjust murders are not isolated events and that there are countless other untold incidents of racial injustice. Each of us is afflicted by a unique pain and we realize that some continue to face injustices that some will never have to confront. We lament and cry out to God.   

We are committed to loving like Jesus, praying for the end of bigotry and standing for justice.

Many of us are asking, "What can I do?," "How can I use my faith to support the community?," "How can we keep the movement going?" Here, we will post prayers, events, stories and resources.

Pray

Join Pastor Marcus, Rev. Nathan Hill and Pastor Beth in prayer: 

Learn: A Look at Black Theology

Our Adult Sunday School class explores how our Christian faith speaks to issues of contemporary through and society. On Sunday, June 28, you are invited to discuss Black Theology in light of the Black Lives Matter movement. The class begins at 11:15 AM. Contact Pastor Beth Williams to receive the Zoom link. 

Advocate: Justice & Peace Ministry Team (JPMT)

Be an advocate for the Black Lives Matter movement by being part of our Justice & Peace Ministry Team. All who are passionate about social justice are invited to learn more. Contact Kristy Pullen, JPMT co-chair, for more information.

Educate & Reflect

Racial Justice Discussion with Dr. Landi Turner
On Juneteenth, the Justice and Peace Ministry Team (JPMT) hosted a discussion on racial justice as we seek to live as racial justice advocates. Take part in the next discussion, focusing on white fragility, implicit bias and a tendency to commit microaggressions toward people of color. People of color are welcome as you will have much to add to the conversation from a different perspective. Guest facilitator, Dr. Landi Turner, leads the discussion.
Use this link to Zoom in.
Meeting ID: 820 6375 1027
Password: 138628
Contact Kristy Pullen, JPMT Co-Chair, with questions.

Juneteenth Discussion, Friday, June 19, 7 PM
Juneteenth, a linking of the words June and nineteenth, remembers the day in 1865 when slaves in Texas finally learned about their emancipation. While not yet a national holiday, it is celebrated in over 40 states as a way to recognize the moment when millions of black people finally gained the liberation they had been fighting for since at least 1619. It is a way to help people remember what America truly is and how much effort it takes to overcome the racism that continues to characterize life in this nation. What can UCP do to help our members and our community engage this issue in meaningful ways? All are welcome to join the conversation. Contact Kristy Pullen, JPMT co-chair, for more information.

Care

This is a really difficult time. If you find yourself in need of pastoral care, please contact either Pastor Beth or Pastor Marcus.

Recommended Podcasts

Pass the Mic-a place to listen to Black Christian voices

Truth's Table-Michelle Higgins, Christina Edmondson, and Ekemini Uwan are Black Christian women who love truth and share their perspectives on race, politics, gender, current events, and pop culture that are filtered through our Christian faith

Love Thy Neighborhood-explores the intersection of social action and Christian faith, following everyday people doing extraordinary things

Stuff You Missed in History Class

Recommended Books

Bloodlines by John Piper

Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson

Woke Church by Eric Mason

Be the Bridge by LaTasha Morrison

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla Saad

Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving

for Kids: Check out NPR's "A Diverse Summer Reading" list here 

Your Contributions



Do you have a story, message, prayer, book or podcast you recommend in support of the Black Lives Matter Movement? We'd love to share them! Post them to UCP's Facebook Page or email Kate