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. 


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


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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    Scholarship aid

    Newman UCC Racial Equity Team

    Seeks Applications for Community Scholarship


    Historically, American institutions have contributed to the unequal and sometimes violent treatment of many of its citizens. Recent gun deaths and other tragic events have highlighted unfair policies that continue to fuel unrest and poverty everywhere. To ensure that this church supports racial equity and social justice with advocacy and meaningful actions, the Racial Equity Team at Newman Congregational Church, United Church of Christ offers scholarship aid - between $1k-$3k to individuals who identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) who are pursuing education beyond high school in 2023-24.


    It is our intention that these awards help further the dreams and aspirations of marginalized students in southern New England.


    Scholarship applicants will include an essay describing their motivation and plans for their future.


    Dates:         Accepting Applications - Current

                            Application Deadline – May 15, 2023 - (extended as of 4/24/2023)

                            Applicants Notified – May 31, 2023


    Criteria:     Identifying as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC)

                            Pursuing higher education or training post-high school

                          Has financial need


    If individuals or businesses in the community would like to partner with the Newman UCC Racial Equity Team in supporting the Community Scholarship, contributions may be made to Newman UCC at the address below or online HERE.


    Newman Congregational Church, United Church of Christ is located at 100 Newman Avenue, PO Box 4764, Rumford, RI 02916. For more information, call the church office at 401-434-4742 X10. 

    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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