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The Racial Justice Network is coordinated by the Justice & Witness Ministry Team of the Central Pacific Conference, United Church of Christ. The network seeks to provide resources, accountability and support to engage all settings of the Central Pacific Conference in racial justice ministries.

At our annual meeting in September 2015 in Pendleton, Oregon, the Central Pacific Conference passed a Resolution of Witness Declaring the Central Pacific Conference is Called to be an Anti-Racist Conference. The resolution resolved to:

  • ENGAGE staff and ministry teams of the Central Pacific Conference in unpacking bias and dismantling racism education; and
  • CALLS UPON the churches and members of the Central Pacific Conference to make anti-racism a priority by engaging or re-engaging in the Sacred Conversation on Race, by using denominational materials or other resources with emphasis on unpacking bias and dismantling racism, and
  • CALLS UPON the Justice and Witness Ministry Team continue to connect the churches and members of the Central Pacific Conference to resources to do this work; and
  • ASKS the churches and members of the Central Pacific Conference to report on their engagement or re-engagement in the Sacred Conversation on Race at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Central Pacific Conference.

The resolution affirms the 1993 and 2003 resolutions of the General Synod which resolved “that the United Church of Christ is called to be an antiracist church” and encouraged conferences and local churches “to adopt anti-racism mandates, including policy that encourages anti-racism programs for all United Church of Christ staff and volunteers.”

This web site seeks to provide resources and connections among churches and members of the Central Pacific Conference. Our name refers to one of the mottos of the United Church of Christ: God is still speaking. We believe that God is still speaking justice to us, and through us, to our world.

 

 

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