Racial Justice Mission Group


Mission Statement

The Purpose of the Racial Justice Mission Group is to awaken the NH Conference to issues of racial justice and equality within our churches, state, and country. We are called to be:

  • LEARNERS in a community of mutual accountability studying the impact white privilege and the history of slavery has on racism; 
  • INTERRUPTERS of the continued cycle of racism; and 
  • ALLIES with People of Color in challenging race-based injustice in the areas of criminal justice, environmental degradation, economic deprivation, and exclusion from full participation in our communities of faith.

Learning & Planning:

White Nationalism, Contemporary Racism and the Christian Church

On January 6, white nationalists stormed the Capitol leaving behind destruction, death, and a shocked country. What is white nationalism? What is the relationship between white nationalism and contemporary racism? What is the role of the Christian Church? How do we address racialized trauma?

Watch a replay of this enlightening discussion of these questions and more facilitated by Rev. Dr. Velda Love, Racial Justice Minister, United Church of Christ. This event, sponsored by the Racial Justice Mission Group through your OCWM offerings, was originally held on February 20th via Zoom.

At our monthly meeting at the Conference Center, the agenda includes learning, as well as, planning action steps. We organized years ago and welcome new members. Those interested should contact Co-chairs, Rev. Renee Rouse, email worship1st@gmail.com or Harriet Corean Ward, email harrietcward@comcast.net.

Resolution and Process Guide:

The Resolution of Christian Witness in Support of New Hampshire Conference United Church of Christ Congregations Awakening to Racial Justice, was adopted by the gathered body at the Annual Meeting, on October 20, 2018. The resolution was a call to the churches of the NH Conference to take action in undoing racism, including both individual acts of racial bigotry ans systemic racism.

To help churches "live in" to this resolution the RJMG developed a document on the Process of Becoming a Racial Justice Church for the October 2019 Annual Meeting. 

Not to be missed:

  • https://reflections.yale.edu/article/seeking-light-notes-hope/george-floyd-s-last-words-stitched-our-souls
    The Sacred Ally Quilt Project, a collaboration of UCC churches across the New Hampshire conference, quilting the last words of George Floyd.
  • Angie Boynton Podcast. Angie Boynton is a graduating senior at Souhegan High School and a member of the Senior High Youth Group at the Congregational Church of Amherst, NH. Her dedication to racial justice in New Hampshire is highlighted in her most recent project: Unlocking New Hampshire, a podcast that explores the problem of mass incarceration in the United States as a whole, and the state of New Hampshire specifically. This podcast is the applied piece of Angie’s Senior Project, a prerequisite for graduation at SHS that requires months of research and community engagement. Angie will be a freshman at Suffolk University in the fall of 2020.
  • Racial Justice Theological Roundtable: In this conversation several members of the New Hampshire Conference UCC Racial Justice Mission Group explore how passages from Amos 5, Galatians 3:26-28, and Acts 4:29 speak to the racial justice work we are called to be about. (Posted June 5, 2020)
  • How to be an interrupter - A white person's guide to activism
    By Aaryn Belter (From San Diego City Beat, July 20, 2015)
  • How communities of color in NH are being affected by COVID-19
  • Bryan Stevenson Changing America's Racial Narrative: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzPUmQfo3B8
  • Microaggressions Examples
  • The national office of the UCC has excellent racial justice resources and curriculum.
          -White Privilege: Let's Talk - A Resource for Transformational Dialogue.
           This curriculum can be downloaded at: http://privilege.uccpages.org/
          -Sacred Conversations to End Racism is an online training program offered by the national staff
           to train racial justice trainers
          -All-church Book Read with Jennifer Harvey, author of "Dear White Christians"
  • The NHCUCC One Conference: One Book initiatives have included "Color Me Included" by Rev. Deborah Knowlton and "Waking up White" by Debby Irving.

Look for:

  • The Racial Justice Mission Group workshops at the annual Prepared to Serve conference each February. Workshop titles in the past included: White Privilege, Implicit Bias, Awakening to Racial Justice 101, Reparations, Beyond White Supremacy, Forgive Us Our Trespasses (About Microaggressions), Cash Value of Whiteness, and Building the Beloved Community.
  • The Racial Justice Ministry Group also organizes sessions during the fall Annual Meeting when an opportunity arises, or a pre-Annual meeting event. In 2017 we held a full day workshop with Keynote Speaker Bishop Dwayne Royster.
  • The RJMG, along with the NH Conference Clergy Support Ministry, sponsored Clergy Day 2018 featuring Rev. Karen Georgia Thompson on “Preaching Beyond Black History Month”.
  • Members of the RJMG are available to offer training or to preach at your church. Contact Co-chairs: Rev. Renee Rouse, email worship1st@gmail.com or Harriet Corean Ward, email harrietcward@comcast.net for more information.

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