Cleveland Park Congregational UCC and our denomination, the United Church of Christ (UCC), are committed to racial justice and to actively examining our own racial bias as we work to dismantle the structures of racism in both church and society.
Doing justice, seeking peace, and building connections in our community are central to our church’s identity. We live this out by publicly saying #BlackLivesMatter, and in doing so, we resist all societal values of supremacy, superiority, and complacency. By insisting on the intrinsic worth of all human beings, Jesus models for us how God loves unconditionally, teaching his disciples how to love justly in a world of inequality.
The killing of George Floyd and other Black Americans in 2020 served as a catalyst for our congregation to renew its commitment to building a stronger faith-based movement for peace, justice, equality, and inclusivity. Since then, congregation members have met regularly to discuss racial justice in book discussions and other programs, held and participated in Black Lives Matter Rallies, and conducted a comprehensive racial justice audit of our church.