February is Black History Month in Canada, a time to honour the historical and present contributions of peoples of African descent. This could also be a time for congregations to make a commitment to becoming more culturally sensitive, racially inclusive, and justice-conscious.

Worship Ideas

We All Belong because We Are Home : A liturgy for Black History Month.
Celebrating the Journey worship service for Black History Month: A worship service for Black History Month.
Gathering at the Table worship service for African Heritage Month: A worship service for African Heritage Month
Prairie Horizons Intercultural Worship: An outline for worship in an intercultural context.
How long will we have to cry? Black History Month service: A service of lament for anti-Black racism
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.
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.
Revival out of Helplessness: Worship: A worship service on the theme of anti-racism (from Mandate, Winter 2018).
2019 Black History Month: International Decade for People of African Descent: A service of Word and Sacrament from The United Church of Canada / United Church of Christ
Who Are We? Resources for Canadian Multiculturalism Day: Worship resources to celebrate Canadian Multiculturalism Day.
2020 Black History Month Service: A worship service marking the legacy of slavery in Canada and the British Commonwealth with the theme of “all are made in the image of God.” By the Rev. Paul Douglas Walfall.
A History in Song: This hymn festival celebrating Black History Month could be used in the place of a sermon.

Prayers

International Decade for People of African Descent: A 2020 Prayer Cycle, Part 1: A 2020 prayer cycle for the human rights and fundamental freedoms of people of African descent, part 1 (February to April).
International Decade for People of African Descent: A 2020 Prayer Cycle, Part 2: A 2020 prayer cycle for the human rights and fundamental freedoms of people of African descent, part 2 (May to July).
International Decade for People of African Descent: A 2020 Prayer Cycle, Part 3: A 2020 prayer cycle for the human rights and fundamental freedoms of people of African descent, part 3 (August).
International Decade for People of African Descent: A 2020 Prayer Cycle, Part 4: A 2020 prayer cycle for the human rights and fundamental freedoms of people of African descent, part 4 (September).

Related Material

UN Decade for African Descent:
Black History Month:
Intercultural Hymn Service: A service framed around hymns in Voices United from cultures around the world.
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).
Voices United: Intercultural Index: A listing of hymns from Voice United identified by their country of origin.
Bulletin Insert: Stories for Black History Month: A bulletin insert to outline the importance of telling stories about Black heroes.
Bulletin Insert: Children’s Time for Black History Month: A bulletin insert to outline the story of The Freedom Quilt for Children's Time.
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.