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

Living on the Path of Respect (460.82 KB): A worship service on the repudiation of the Doctrine of Discovery.
Revival Out of Helplessness: Worship (269.83 KB): A worship service on the theme of anti-racism (from Mandate, Winter 2018).

Related Material

2021 Ecumenical Prayer to Mark the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (403.34 KB): The World Council of Churches invites its member churches and partners across the world to use this prayer on Mar. 21.
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.