Black History Month 1

February 3, 2019

The celebration of February as Black History (or African Heritage) Month begins this week. Officially recognized in Canada since 1996, this is a time to honour the contributions and struggles of peoples of African descent.

Worship Ideas
File A History in Song
This hymn festival celebrating Black History Month could be used in the place of a sermon.
File God Calls Us to Be Transformed: Black History Month Service
A worship service for Black History Month that calls the congregation to discomfort and transformation.
File God's Glory Cannot Be Hidden
A worship service for Black History Month.
File How long will we have to cry? Black History Month service
A service of lament for anti-Black racism
File On Eagle's Wings: Black History Month Service
May we not grow weary but soar on eagle’s wings as one people, bound together in your love.
PDF icon Revival out of Helplessness: Worship
A worship service on the theme of anti-racism (from Mandate, Winter 2018).
File We All Belong because We Are Home
A liturgy for Black History Month.
File Who Are We? Resources for Canadian Multiculturalism Day
Worship resources to celebrate Canadian Multiculturalism Day. ...
Prayers

A prayer of confession about racial justice - for individual or community prayer.

Extras
Our gifts for Mission & Service support racial justice and our intercultural journey.
PDF icon Bulletin Insert: Black History Month
Features a prayer written in response to racial tensions in North America and the 50th anniversary of voting rights marches from Selma, Alabama.
PDF icon Bulletin Insert: Children’s Time for Black History Month
A bulletin insert to outline the story of The Freedom Quilt for Children's Time...
PDF icon Bulletin Insert: Stories for Black History Month
A bulletin insert to outline the importance of telling stories about Black heroes.
PDF icon Conversion of Saul: Black History Month Bible study
A Bible study for talking about allyship and race
File Intercultural Hymn Service
A service framed around hymns in Voices United from cultures around the world.
PDF icon Revival out of Helplessness: Bible Study
The story of the Samaritan woman at the well can help us reflect on racism (from Mandate, Winter 2018).
File UN Decade for African Descent
Join The United Church of Canada and the United Church of Christ USA in promoting recognition, justice, for people of African descent.
Worship Blog
I have been urged to understand more how racism persists and perpetuates, and pass this challenge and knowledge on to others.
I believe deeply that White people need to take ownership of racism, in a way that people who have been victimized by racism don’t have the opportunity to avoid.