Remembering August 1
On August 1st, we celebrated the end of slavery in Canada, which took place on this date in 1834. But we recognize that the condemnation of racism is an ongoing battle.
UCC Moderator Richard Bott is quoted saying, “I am asking people in the United Church to delve into this topic individually and at church boards. If we don’t look at this issue and realize we are part of the problem, we can’t be part of the solution. This is the work of White members of the church, and the time has come to commit ourselves to this work, for everyone’s sake.”
Throughout the month of September, a small group met to discuss the bestseller White Fragility, written by Robin DiAngelo. Racism is a deadly problem, and we can’t fix it overnight. But it needs to start with white people, taking one step at a time, on a path seeking a world of true equality.