Justice and Witness

Response to Today’s Supreme Court Decision

As the first denomination to ordain a woman in 1854, our United Church of Christ has always empowered, trusted, and respected women and their leadership, wisdom, and self-determination. Today’s Supreme Court decision is counter to what we stand for and to the wholeness and wellness of women. While our social justice list is long, it just got longer and even…

Pastor Laurie’s Response to Today’s Events in Washington D.C.

Today we, as a nation, prepared to hold one of the important rituals of our democracy as the United States of America. It was to be a day, as it is every four years, when Congress certifies the votes of the American people. Instead, this cherished ritual was torn asunder due to an incitement of violence, mistrust, and division by…

Statement of Commitment to the Work of Anti-Racism

Black Lives Matter. This is a truth we speak to ourselves, to the Church, and to the world as we witness racism continue to take the lives of Black people in America. With grieving hearts, we speak their names: George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Corey Jones, Atatiana Jefferson, Trayvon Martin and countless other victims of racist violence,…

Anti-Racism Resources

This document is intended to serve as a resource to white people and parents to deepen our anti-racism work. If you haven’t engaged in anti-racism work in the past, start now. Feel free to circulate this document on social media and with your friends, family, and colleagues. This list may expand. Please view the most up-to-date version here: bit.ly/ANTIRACISMRESOURCES To…

A Sacred Conversation on Race – June 2, 2020

The hard, but undeniable fact of deeply embedded racism in American society, has come to the fore once again through the known names of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Christian Cooper, and unfortunately in countless, nameless others that we never will know. Religious communities, including Gables UCC have long struggled with racism in and outside of their church walls. In 2008,…