racial justice

As a church, we confess our complicity and participation in the abhorrent sin of racism that has plagued our nation for over 400 years. We make the claim as people of faith that every person is a beloved child of God and is to be welcomed among us and to be treated with dignity and respect. We seek to respond from our faith perspective, as followers of the teachings of Jesus Christ, teachings that make it imperative that we speak humbly, but boldly, against injustice to God's children. Thus, we seek to engage in programming and study that leads to an experience of true equity for our neighbors of color.  

racial equity team

Historically, American institutions, including religious institutions, have contributed to the unequal treatment of many of its marginalized citizens, particularly those identified as Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC). Unjust policies involving housing, elections, hiring and education opportunities are examples that continue to hinder this large segment of our society.  Newman Congregational Church, United Church of Christ formed a Racial Equity Team three years ago to address some of these issues. 


OUR VISION

We envision a community where our relationships, institutions and social systems provide equitable support and resources for all.


OUR MISSION

The Racial Equity Team of Newman UCC will be a leader within our community exposing, naming and dismantling racism, white supremacy and all forms of prejudice.  This work will exist within the life of this church and beyond to build awareness, solutions, and leadership for racial justice.  


We define racial justice as equitable treatment, opportunities and outcomes for people of all races and ethnicities.

    Book Study

    Discussion via Zoom - with diverse participants studying current books dealing with racism in the United States.

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    Join us


    In February,  we will be discussing “The Third Reconstruction" on three consecutive Monday evenings; February 6, 13, & 20. 


    We gather via Zoom from 7-8:30pm EST


    Please complete the form to the left to register. 


    Note: Peniel E. Joseph will be speaking about his book "The Third Reconstruction" at Brown University on February 1 at 3pm.

    Registeration can be found HERE.

    Racial Equity

    matinee

    IN-PERSON SHOWING: Netflix’s “Amend: The Fight for America” hosted by Will Smith.  


    We will watch Season 1 Episode 1 at Newman Congregational Church at 2pm on Sunday, January 15th.  Register HERE or you can also just show up. 

    Scholarship aid

    Financial aid for area BIPOC individuals for their education post high school. This year more than $23,000 went to four excellent individuals. We are beginning our third year in this effort. 


    indigenous outreach

    Understanding our relationship with the Pokanoket (Wampanoag) people who were the original inhabitants of the land where this church is located. Worship together with a significant group of Pokanoket and celebrating the new historical marker on Newman Avenue in October were highlights. We are in the process of developing a Land Acknowledgment statement which will soon be posted on this website.

    upcoming events

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