In February, we celebrate the rich Black history in The United Church of Canada. Union United in Montreal has been the home of a vibrant Black congregation for more than a century; Wilbur Howard became the church’s first Black Moderator in 1974. The leadership and participation of Black peoples and congregations continues today.

Worship Ideas

Prairie Horizons Intercultural Worship (26.65 KB): An outline for worship in an intercultural context.
2019 Black History Month: International Decade for People of African Descent (32.59 KB): A service of Word and Sacrament from The United Church of Canada / United Church of Christ
2020 Black History Month Service (54.44 KB): 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 (21.38 KB): This hymn festival celebrating Black History Month could be used in the place of a sermon.
Celebrating the Journey worship service for Black History Month (130.33 KB): A worship service for Black History Month.
Gathering at the Table worship service for African Heritage Month (48.23 KB): A worship service for African Heritage Month
God Calls Us to Be Transformed: Black History Month Service (24.62 KB): A worship service for Black History Month that calls the congregation to discomfort and transformation.
How long will we have to cry? Black History Month service (30.6 KB): A service of lament for anti-Black racism
On Eagle's Wings: Black History Month Service (35.72 KB): May we not grow weary but soar on eagle’s wings as one people, bound together in your love.
Revival out of Helplessness: Worship (269.83 KB): A worship service on the theme of anti-racism (from Mandate, Winter 2018).
We All Belong because We Are Home (18.9 KB): A liturgy for Black History Month.
Who Are We? Resources for Canadian Multiculturalism Day (26.17 KB): Worship resources to celebrate Canadian Multiculturalism Day.

Prayers

International Decade for People of African Descent: A 2020 Prayer Cycle, Part 1 (213.18 KB): 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 (231.42 KB): 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 (195.49 KB): 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 (183.64 KB): A 2020 prayer cycle for the human rights and fundamental freedoms of people of African descent, part 4 (September).
International Decade for People of African Descent: A 2020 Prayer Cycle, Part 5 (123.83 KB): A 2020 prayer cycle for the human rights and fundamental freedoms of people of African descent, part 5 (October).
International Decade for People of African Descent: A 2020 Prayer Cycle, Part 6 (132.88 KB): A 2020 prayer cycle for the human rights and fundamental freedoms of people of African descent, part 6 (November).

Related Material

Black History Month: An introduction to the little-known history of Black peoples in The United Church of Canada, from 100 years of Union United in Montreal to the present day across Canada.
Bulletin Insert: Black History Month (136.97 KB): Features a prayer written in response to racial tensions in North America and the 50th anniversary of voting rights marches from Selma, Alabama.
Bulletin Insert: Children’s Time for Black History Month (185.47 KB): A bulletin insert to outline the story of The Freedom Quilt for Children's Time.
Bulletin Insert: Stories for Black History Month (177.51 KB): A bulletin insert to outline the importance of telling stories about Black heroes.
Intercultural Hymn Service (24.77 KB): A service framed around hymns in Voices United from cultures around the world.
Revival out of Helplessness: Bible Study (495.66 KB): The story of the Samaritan woman at the well can help us reflect on racism (from Mandate, Winter 2018).
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.
Voices United: Intercultural Index (24.42 KB): A listing of hymns from Voice United identified by their country of origin.