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

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.
Living on the Path of Respect: A worship service on the repudiation of the Doctrine of Discovery.
Revival out of Helplessness: Worship: A worship service on the theme of anti-racism (from Mandate, Winter 2018).

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 4: A 2020 prayer cycle for the human rights and fundamental freedoms of people of African descent, part 4 (September).
Prayer for Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women: A prayer for missing and murdered Aboriginal women, and their family and friends.

Related Material

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).
The Sound of a Church: An Intercultural reflection from a Japanese Canadian perspective, excerpted from Fire and Grace, UCPH, 1999.
UN Decade for African Descent: