February is Black History Month in Canada, a time to honour the historical and present contributions of peoples of African descent. This could also be a time for congregations to make a commitment to becoming more culturally sensitive, racially inclusive, and justice-conscious.

Worship Ideas

2019 Black History Month: International Decade for People of African Descent (32.59 KB): A service of Word and Sacrament from The United Church of Canada / United Church of Christ
2020 Black History Month Service (54.44 KB): 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.
2021 Black History Month: Ancestors and Ancestry (40.77 KB): A worship service honouring the histories of our families and our faith by the Rev. Debbie McMillan.
2021 Black History Month: Honouring Our Identities (27.7 KB): See link in file for YouTube recording of service led by Rev. Thérèse Samuel with Dr. Christopher Burton and Phyllis Fleming.
2021 Black History Month: It Takes One Voice to Initiate Change (42.74 KB): A worship service that includes some Canadian history of racism and anti-racism activism. By Rev. Sadekie Lyttle-Forbes.
2021 Black History Month: Vignettes of Canadian Black History (39.6 KB): A worship service honouring the histories of Black people in Canada.
Celebrating the Journey worship service for Black History Month (130.33 KB): A worship service for Black History Month.
Gathering at the Table worship service for African Heritage Month (48.23 KB): A worship service for African Heritage Month
How long will we have to cry? Black History Month service (30.6 KB): A service of lament for anti-Black racism
On Eagle's Wings: Black History Month Service (35.72 KB): May we not grow weary but soar on eagle’s wings as one people, bound together in your love.
Prairie Horizons Intercultural Worship (26.65 KB): An outline for worship in an intercultural context.
Revival Out of Helplessness: Worship (269.83 KB): A worship service on the theme of anti-racism (from Mandate, Winter 2018).
Who Are We? Resources for Canadian Multiculturalism Day (26.17 KB): Worship resources to celebrate Canadian Multiculturalism Day.

Related Material

Black History Month: An introduction to the little-known history of Black peoples in The United Church of Canada, from 100 years of Union United in Montreal to the present day across Canada.
Black History Month 2021 - Patricia Watson, Bedford United Church, Nova Scotia: For Black History Month, Patricia Watson share ways the wider church can learn from the Black communities of faith in Canada's Atlantic region.

Black History Month Nancy Oliver-MacKenzie: Nancy Oliver-MacKenzie shares the history of Montreal's Union United Church and its long-time role in the work for social justice for the Black community and beyond.
Intercultural Hymn Service (24.77 KB): A service framed around hymns in Voices United from cultures around the world.
International Decade for People of African Descent: 2021 Prayer Cycle (84.59 KB): We invite people to pray for the human rights and fundamental freedoms of peopl
Recommitting to Justice, Equity, and Peace (17.54 KB): A prayer of confession about racial justice - for individual or community prayers
Revival Out of Helplessness: Bible Study (495.66 KB): The story of the Samaritan woman at the well can help us reflect on racism (from Mandate, Winter 2018).
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.
Voices United: Intercultural Index (24.42 KB): A listing of hymns from Voice United identified by their country of origin.