International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

March 21, 2019

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. Find relevant background and resources on our anti-racism page.

Worship Ideas
PDF icon 2018 Worship Suggestions: You Will Know Them by Their Fruits
Sermon and ritual suggestions by HyeRan Kim-Cragg for the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
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 Lenten Lament: Seeking Right Relations
For the 150th year of Confederation, an invitation to acknowledge the damage done to the First Peoples of this land and seek reconciliation in worship and through next steps. From Gathering, Lent/Easter 2017.
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.
PDF icon Living on the Path of Respect
A worship service on the repudiation of the Doctrine of Discovery.
PDF icon Revival out of Helplessness: Worship
A worship service on the theme of anti-racism (from Mandate, Winter 2018).
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).
Prayers
File It's Not Easy
A prayer for the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
PDF icon Litany for Racial Justice
An anti-racism prayer by Wehn-In Ng from That All May Be One: A Resource for Education toward Racial Justice
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 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).
PDF icon The Sound of a Church
An Intercultural reflection from a Japanese Canadian perspective, excerpted from Fire and Grace, UCPH, 1999.
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.