International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

March 21, 2018

Created as a response to the killing of 69 protesters at a peaceful anti-apartheid demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa in 1960, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has been observed around the world every year on March 21 since 1966.

Worship Ideas
PDF icon A Worship Service for the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
Worship suggestions compiled from United Church resources for March 21, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
File Created in God’s Image
Worship for the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
File It's Not Easy
A prayer for the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
PDF icon Liturgy for the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
This worship service was celebrated in March 2004 as part of the United Church General Council Office commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
File Make Us Reconcilers, O God (Asian Sunday)
A worship service for Asian Sunday (the Sunday before Pentecost) or Asian Heritage Month (May).
PDF icon Sermon Ideas for the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
Sermon ideas for the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, based on the lectionary readings for March 21, 2010 (Lent 5, Year C).
PDF icon We Are Many, We Are One (music)
The theme song of Sounding the Bamboo, a forum for racial/ethnic minority women in ministry. For use during Asian Heritage Month.
Prayers
File Prayer for Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women
A prayer for missing and murdered Aboriginal women, and their family and friends.
Extras
HTML icon International Day for the Elimination of Racism | United Nations
UN background and ideas for observance of this day.
File Racial Justice | United Church of Christ
Each person is created in the image of God, and racism is an affont to God. Prayers and learning resources.
PDF icon The Sound of a Church
An Intercultural reflection from a Japanese Canadian perspective, excerpted from Fire and Grace, UCPH, 1999.