|Letter from...The Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer,
General Minister and President, UCC
I am co-Chairing a Task Force for the National Council of Churches.
This website went live this morning, and I share it with you along with a promise of more details.
On April 4th on the mall in Washington DC, in an act commemorating the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. leaders from faith communities will gather for worship, and for truth-telling - calling the nation to seek healing from our racist legacies.
Events will begin on April 3 with worship at the Greek Orthodox church in DC.
Activities, speeches, presentations, and rallies will continue on the mall from early in the morning on the 4th until late into the afternoon.
The content of presentations will include religious leaders speaking their truth about the history with race that their communion shares: either its complicity with the legacies of racial injustice and inequities; or with the pain of enduring the evils that racism inflicts on our communities of color in America.
Materials will soon be forthcoming inviting participants at every level to engage: from the local church through the Conferences to the National bodies.
If any of you want to begin to organize a gathering from your Conference to attend, I am sending you this link today to give you advance prep time.
If any of you want to contribute by telling the truth about your Conferences, or any churches within your Conference who wish to do so, I will be collecting those materials. I will be invited to speak the truth of the UCC and our predecessor bodies. Any stories you have that help unfold this story would be greatly appreciated.
Please visit the NCC website for more and forthcoming details. And let us all be in a spirit of prayer about our participation in the unfolding of justice.