Paul wrote to the Galatians, “For in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith… There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:26, 28 NRSV).

Even though Christ has the power to unite us, humans continue to create barriers that separate us from one another. Racism is one such human-created barrier that prevents us from being in beloved community together. The United Church is committed to becoming an anti-racist church through a continuous struggle against racism. The United Church also envisions a church and society “where all are welcome, where all feel welcome, and where diversity is as natural as breathing.” (That All May Be One, 2000).

Canadian Heritage (a department of the Government of Canada) is inviting Canadians to write about their personal views and lived experience related to racism and discrimination in order to develop a new federal anti-racism strategy. In particular, Heritage Canada is focused on where racism and discrimination most directly touch people’s lives, especially with regards to

  • employment and income supports
  • social participation (e.g., sport, art, and leisure)
  • the criminal justice system

Canadian Heritage is interested in hearing from all Canadians, especially those who have direct experience with racism and discrimination and those who offer intersectional perspectives.

What information and wisdom can you offer Heritage Canada? Have your say by December 9, 2018!

Take Action

  1. Vote on statements related to racism and discrimination using Canadian Heritage’s online poll. Note that some statements appear in English and others in French; be sure to click the button that says “Activate third-party translation” if you wish to see French statements in English.
  2. Fill in this online questionnaire, which asks broader questions that enable you to give deeper responses. You may wish to read Deepening Understanding, Developing Ideas: A Cross-Country Conversation on Anti-Racism before answering the questionnaire.
  3. Share this action with your networks, using the hashtags #UCCan and #CdnPoli. On Twitter, tag @JusticeUCC, @CdnHeritage, and your member of Parliament.
  4. Sign up for the church’s Racial Justice Training online workshop. There are two sessions coming up: November 17, 2018 and November 20 and 22, 2018.
  5. View a recording of the webinar Anti-Black Racism and Afrophobia in the Canadian Context, which was offered by the United Church as part of the church’s participation in the UN International Decade for People of African Descent.
  6. Plan to participate in a Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry program offered by the Canadian Council of Churches’ Forum for Intercultural Leadership and Learning. View upcoming program dates and locations.

For more information, contact:

Adele HallidayTeam Leader Discipleship & Witness416-231-7680 ext. 2756
1-800-268-3781 ext. 2756
ahalliday [at] united-church.ca

Christie NeufeldtProgram Coordinator Public Witness416-231-7680 ext. 4078
1-800-268-3781 ext. 4078
cneufeldt [at] united-church.ca