“We commit to this work not alone but with God.”

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Published On: August 21, 2021
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Wondering what more you can do to become anti-racist in your local communities? You aren’t alone.

It’s one of the questions Adele Halliday, the United Church’s Anti-Racism and Equity Lead, is asked a lot. 40 Days of Engagement on Anti-Racism, a new cutting-edge program set to run from October 12 through November 26, is one of the ways Halliday is answering.

“I took the question to heart, mulled it over with colleagues, and an idea was born to invite the whole church to intentionally reflect on a range of racial justice issues in creative ways for a specific period of time together,” she says.

Each day for 40 days, heart-expanding reflections on anti-racism themes written by contributors from across the church will be shared on the United Church’s website. These free reflections geared for individuals and small groups will also come with activities for children and families, prayers, and practical ways to take action in local communities.

What does Halliday hope the impact of the program will be?

“I’m hoping there will be engagement with advocacy, personal transformation, and continued commitment to work to become actively anti-racist not just for 40 days but over the long haul,” says Halliday. “We commit to this work not alone but with God. Ultimately, I hope 40 Days of Engagement on Anti-Racism will draw church members into a deeper understanding of God’s vision for a just world and how they can live it out.”

Your Mission & Service gifts help support the development of awakening education and learning resources like 40 Days. Because of your generosity, the whole of the church will be blessed with practical ways to live into God’s call to become anti-racist. And in turn, our world will become a more just and equitable place for all. Thank you.

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