Intercultural

The intercultural vision is about more than inclusion—it’s about a radical welcoming that calls all of us to change.

Worship Ideas
File 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
File 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.
File A History in Song
This hymn festival celebrating Black History Month could be used in the place of a sermon.
PDF icon Asia Sunday 2020
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, this Christian Conference of Asia worship service has the theme "God, Heal Us as We Are Vulnerable."
File Asian Heritage Month | A Step Nearer to Harmony
A worship service for Asian Heritage Month that encourages harmonious living.
PDF icon Asian Heritage Month | Centennial of Korean Independence
2019 marked the 100th anniversary of the March 1st Independence Movement of the Korean people, who rose against colonial occupation by Japan in 1919. This worship resource can be used in Sunday service in May, Asian Heritage Month.
PDF icon Asian Heritage Month | Our God Goes with Us
A worship service for Asian Heritage Month worship service this year that focuses on the United Churches of Japanese-Canadian background and reminds us that no matter where we go and whatever the future holds, we need not fear, for God goes with us and before us.
File Asian Heritage Month | Rice Is Heaven
A worship service for Asian Heritage Month that uses rice as a symbol of life and harmony.
File Beautiful and Beloved, Vulnerable and Whole
A service by the Rev. Miriam Spies for Disabilities Awareness Day
PDF icon Celebrating the Journey worship service for Black History Month
A worship service for Black History Month.
File Come, Drink of Living Water
A liturgy honouring an intercultural ministry, suitable for Asian Heritage Month.
PDF icon Gathering at the Table worship service for African Heritage Month
A worship service for African Heritage Month
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 Liturgical Resources | Christian Conference of Asia
The CCA issues annual Asia Sunday resources for thematic worship.
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.
File Prairie Horizons Intercultural Worship
An outline for worship in an intercultural context.
PDF icon Revival out of Helplessness: Worship
A worship service on the theme of anti-racism (from Mandate, Winter 2018).
File Room at the Table
A worship service by the Rev. Sharon Ballantyne for Disabilities Awareness Day
File Surrounded by So Great a Cloud of Witnesses
A worship service for Asian Heritage Month that awakens the senses and celebrates diversity while seeking harmony.
File Toward Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities (Mark 1:29-39)
A worship service with the theme of creating a culture of mutuality and full participation for those with disabilities and their allies (based on Mark 1:29-39).
File Toward Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities (Rom. 12:3–13)
A worship service with the theme of creating a culture of mutuality and full participation for those with disabilities and their allies (based on Rom. 12:3–13).
Prayers

A prayer for the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

PDF icon 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).
PDF icon 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).
File Prayer for Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women
A prayer for missing and murdered Aboriginal women, and their family and friends.

An Advent prayer originally written for Behold! An Intercultural Gathering.

A prayer for March 21 by the Right Rev. Richard Bott. 

Music
PDF icon Sing, Thanks to Our God (Song of Many Tongues)
A unison worship song (includes optional descant) with piano accompaniment for use during Asian Heritage Month. Written by Amy Yea Kyong Lee.
File Songs from Many Cultures for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany
Hymns in Voices United, More Voices, and Nos Voix unies that offer in many languages and diverse origins.
Related Material
PDF icon Acknowledging the Territory in Worship
A brief guide to help congregations and bodies of the church incorporate an Acknowledgement of Territory into their gatherings.
PDF icon Advent Intercultural Hymn Festival
These songs with accompanying commentary can be combined with seasonal prayers and scripture readings to create an Advent hymn festival. Please credit Bruce Harding for this resource and the music arrangements.
File Asian Cultures, Asian Heritage
This video celebrates Asian cultures within the United Church today. Asian leaders speak of their experiences in the church.
File Black History Month (video)
An introduction to the history of Black peoples in the United Church, from Union United in Montreal over a century ago to the present day (2010).
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.
Mission & Service supports the work of Deaf ministries congregations across the country.
Honouring the memory of Aboriginal children who died in the residential schools.
File Intercultural Hymn Service
A service framed around hymns in Voices United from cultures around the world.
Mission & Service brings people of many faiths together to promote peace and tolerance. 
PDF icon Questioning Worship: Engaging All God's Peoples: Sample Chapter
A resource for talking about intercultural worship; sample session.
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 SCM's Disability, Faith and Justice Devotional
We are all made in the image of God, but people with disabilities have been excluded and shamed for who they are. This devotional from the Student Christian Movement of Canada’s asks: How should our faith shape us in this struggle?
PDF icon Scripture and Incense
A Bible study for Asian Heritage Month on Psalm 141:1–4
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
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September 5, 2019

May is Asian Heritage Month, and the perfect time to prayerfully reflect on the contributions of Asian Canadians to Canadian society. Liturgies, songs, and other material that can be used in Asian Heritage Month...

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May 20, 2020

During Asian Heritage Month, Noel A. Suministrado, a United Church minister from the Philippines, sees great opportunities for the church as it opens itself to Canada’s changing demographic realities.

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September 5, 2019

Blackmail. Blackhearted. Black as sin. Washed white as snow. Over time, in our English language, we have become accustomed to equating evil as black, and purity as white. Even the dictionary adds credence to this. One dictionary defines “black” as “without any moral quality or goodness; evil;...

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September 5, 2019

For Asian Heritage Month, Yoonjoo Shin, an early childhood educator, writes about the importance of having racialized educators who can embody inclusiveness for children from immigrant families.