This church was born at the time of the Civil Rights movement and has always been active in issues of justice and equality. As a congregation we believe it is important to educate ourselves on such issues as well as take steps towards helping to create greater justice in the world.
A few years ago the National Offices of the United Church of Christ invited local churches to join in a Sacred Conversation on Race. The United Church of Christ, Midland began this conversation with an adult educational opportunity. Recently this conversation was resumed through two book studies. The first book discussed was Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. The second book discussed was White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson.
Because inequalities continue to exist in our society we will continue having conversations on race. This coming year another adult educational opportunity will be offered that is titled “Let’s Talk.” We invite you to join us on this journey towards greater understanding and equality by sharing the resources offered on this website.
The Staff of the United Church of Christ, Midland
Chicago Theological Seminary, an affiliated seminary of the United Church of Christ, created the video, White Privilege Glasses, to "shine the light on white privilege" with the hope that it helps provoke dialogue about identifying and correcting systems that privilege one group over the other. The racial divide will only heal if we all collectively recognize that privilege exists. This critical issue is part of a national dialogue and one that affects all communities. A goal of the video is to inspire people to start "thinking, talking...acting."
Sacred Conversations on Race at UCC Midland
We Demand: A History of Voting Rights
October 17, 2018
Voting is a fundamental right essential to a healthy democracy. Although we like to believe that the United States has been a principled example of engaged citizens -- one person, one vote -- that has rarely been the case. Come learn who has had the right to vote and why. We will examine the intersections of marginalized groups who demanded their voices be heard at the ballot box and what methods have been used to disenfranchise voters. Lecture will be led by Dr. Jennifer Vannette, who has also offered Divided by Race at UCC, Midland.
Divided By Race
July 11 and August 1, 2018
Divided by Race is a two hour workshop to examine the current issues of race in America and the historical underpinnings of those issues. As historian Dr. Ibram Kendi explains, racists ideas are always perpetuated out of self-interest, so Divided by Race teaches participants how to understand the history of white people protecting resources/hierarchies and using the law, policies, and law enforcement to do so.
Participants have said it was helpful and they would be likely to attend a similar event in the future. Survey responses included: “The program was very good and I learned a lot.” “Great program; appreciate Dr. Vannette’s energy and commitment to the topic!”
Racial Justice Training Workshops
February 9 and 10, 2018
Michigan Conference UCC is presenting three Racial Justice Training workshop on February 9 and 10, 2018 and hosted by three UCC congregations. The workshop titled, From Tolerance to Unity, seeks to create a common language around racism, unmask racism in our lives, and encourage long-term engagement in racial justice. Download the flyer for more information.
Host congregations are:
Friday, February 9, 2018
9:00 am-5:00 pm
Hudsonville UCC, Husonville
Saturday, February 10, 2018
9:00 am-5:00 pm
Portage UCC, Portage
Saturday, February 10, 2018
9:00 am-5:00 pm
Church of the Good Shepherd, Ann Arbor
January 21 & 28, 2018 and February 3, 2018
The Board of Educational Ministries will offer a 3-part book discussion of Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. Through a fictional story, the author tackles the challenging topics of prejudice, race, and justice.
January 15, 2017 through February 5, 2017
Utilizing curriculum created by the UCC National Offices, White Privilege: Let’s Talk – A Resource for Transformational Dialogue will start with a four week class on Sunday mornings from 8:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. January 15 – February 5.
October 16, 2016
Participants discussed the book, White Rage written by noted Emory University historian of African American studies, Carol Anderson on October 16, 2016.
September 20-October 25, 2015
The Oxford Dictionary defines Institutional Racism as, "racial discrimination that has become established as normal behaviour within a society or organization." This discussion group talked about Institutional Racism and also read the book, Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
As a commitment to continuing Sacred Conversations on Race, United Church of Christ created an adult curriculum titled, White Privilege: Let's Talk - A Resource for Transformational Dialogue to invite UCC members to, "engage in safe, meaningful, substantive, and bold conversations on race. The curriculum is freely available to any church and also includes a Lesson Outline created by the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ. The curriculum is divided into four sections, each focusing on a different aspect of white privilege. Visit their website for more information and to download materials to initiate a Sacred Conversation on Race in your own congregation.
As part of the, "White Privilege: Let's Talk" curriculum, its five authors created a companion webinar series of the same name. The webinar series leads participants through four areas: telling your spiritual journey through the lens of race; focusing on the dynamic of culture in which whiteness is the norm; how America attaches cash values to whiteness; and involving participants to be an ally in the pursuit of racial equality.