Long-term justice initiatives of the United Church Third Level Menu Anti-racism The United Church is committed to becoming an anti-racist church through a continuous struggle against racism. About Anti-racism The United Church of Canada has made a commitment to becoming an anti-racist denomination. This commitment is part of the church’s ongoing work toward racial justice. Education and Learning about Anti-Racism Learn what the United Church and our ecumenical partners are doing around anti-racism work, and how you might be engaged. Anti-Racism Action Plan The Anti-Racism Action Plan will build on the United Church’s commitments to becoming an anti-racist and intercultural church. Support Anti-racism in Your Community Consider a time of reflection, prayer, or worship related to anti-racism in your community of faith. 40 Days of Engagement on Anti-Racism Continue the journey towards becoming an anti-racist church with this 40-day time of learning, reflection, and action. Apology for Forced Adoptions The United Church of Canada sincerely apologizes for our regretful and damaging role in pressured, coerced, or forced adoptions. History of United Church Involvement in Maternity Facilities A summary of the historical purposes and practices of United Church maternity homes. Steps Leading to the Adoption Apology Information about the Adoption Task Group and the Final Report on Adoption. The Adoption Apology Full text of the Adoption Apology from The United Church of Canada. Climate Change Caring for God’s gift of Creation is a spiritual commitment. Conversion Therapy We affirm the value and dignity of all people and reject any therapy or practice that labels LGBTQIA+ and Two-Spirit people as abnormal, broken, or otherwise not whole individuals. End Gender-based Violence When listening to the stories of survivors of gender-based violence, we hear God calling us to work to affirm the human dignity of all. Ending Poverty We are created in the image of God, and scripture reminds us to act justly and to care for those on the margins. Food Security We are called to transform our perspective on food—from food as a commodity to food as a right for all. Mining and Resource Extraction Grounded in the witness of Christ, we stand in solidarity with people and planet affected by extractive industries. Reconciliation and Indigenous Justice For more than thirty years, the United Church and Indigenous peoples have been on a journey towards mutuality, respect and equity. Bringing the Children Home Community support regarding unmarked burial sites. The Apologies 2018 is the 20th anniversary of the church’s apology to former students of residential schools, their families, and communities. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission As the TRC’s Summary Report and Calls to Action make clear, we still have a very long journey ahead of us. Doctrine of Discovery We repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery, which asserted that lands belonged to the Christian powers that "discovered" them. UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples This global affirmation of Indigenous peoples’ rights is a framework for reconciliation and justice. Prayer, Action and Community There are many ways for you as a church community to practice reconciliation and work for Indigenous justice. Justice and Reconciliation Fund The national Justice and Reconciliation Fund enables regional events in support of reconciliation and relationship building initiatives. Sponsor a Refugee Can your congregation sponsor a refugee who urgently needs to be resettled in Canada? Frequently Asked Questions about Refugee Sponsorship Answers to common questions regarding refugee sponsorship, including eligibility, the safe third country agreement, and different types of sponsorships. Preparing for a Refugee's Arrival What to do, how long it will take, and what you need to know before refugees arrive. Sponsoring an LGBTIQ2+ Refugee LGBTIQ2+ refugees urgently need church sponsors that can support their journey to a new and safe life. What Churches Need to Know About Sponsoring A Refugee Information about definitions and roles, process, budgeting, and how to get help. Working With Other Churches or Groups to Sponsor a Refugee Important information about working with other churches or community groups when sponsoring a refugee. Unsettling Goods: Choose Peace in Palestine and Israel Join the United Church campaign in working for peace and justice in Palestine and Israel. About Settlements and the Occupation Important background information on the campaign, including why Israeli settlements are an obstacle to peace. Pray, Choose, and Speak for a Just Peace Resources for worship, education, and advocacy related to the Unsettling Goods campaign. What Can We Do for a Just Peace? Get involved in advocacy around settlement products or ethical travel to the Holy Land. What Are the United Church and Others Doing for a Just Peace? United Church advocacy with the Canadian government, trust-building initiatives, and actions of other churches around Palestine and Israel.