Congregational Affirmation of the Sacred Conversation on Race

Congregational Affirmation of the Sacred Conversation on Race

When he took office this year, the Rev. John D. Dorhauer, President and General Minister of the UCC, called the church to open a meaningful, substantive, and safe dialogue on the dynamics of white privilege, as we move toward becoming a multiracial and multicultural church.

As we proceed with this work, already in progress, we request an affirmation that this is work that Old First, as a congregation, is committed to supporting and engaging in as individuals and as a community of faith.

As a Congregation, we make the following commitment:

  1. Participate in the Congregational Self-Assessment on Race.
  2. Look for opportunities to learn and grow in our understanding of the impact of racism and white privilege in our life histories and in the experiences we have in the world
  3. Participate in learning opportunities offered by the Ministry Team within the congregation or in the wider church, seeking that all members commit to participating in at least one learning opportunity and a one-on-one conversation in the year 2016.
  4. As individuals, to engage in this work as a part of our spiritual development.

As a Ministry Team, we make the following commitment:

  1. Keep the congregation informed of the work we are doing and the participation of membership, generally, in that work.
  2. Provide opportunities to engage in learning both within the congregation and in the wider church
  3. Welcome new members to the ministry team
  4. Be a resource, a support group, and a discussion partner for conversations about race in family, work place and community settings.
  5. Report to the Congregation on the impact of the work we are doing and proposals for further efforts that we, as a congregation, may take to assist in the dismantling of racism in our social institutions.