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28-Day Anti-Racism Pentecost Challenge 2021!

How do we live out our calling to “Love our neighbors” and “Do justice?” 

The Anti-Racism Resource Team of the Maine Conference, UCC invites you and members of your church and community to take part in a 28-Day Anti-Racism Challenge  beginning on Pentecost, May 23rd and ending on Juneteenth, June 19th.  The season of Pentecost is when we celebrate the gift of the Spirit filling people of every nation with new hope and understanding.   Juneteenth is a celebration of the emancipation from slavery in the United States.

What a wonderful opportunity to intentionally take this time to dig deep and grow as disciples as we seek to dismantle racism and embody the “Kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven.” 

Beginning on May 23rd, on the blog below, we will share a resource (article, video, etc.) to explore. Most will take 10-20 minutes of your time. A few will take more like an hour. Invite a group in your Church or Association to meet once a week to discuss what you are learning. A Small Group Reflection Guide is available. Activities for kids and families will also be provided. 

28-Day Anti-Racism Pentecost Challenge 2021 Blog

Blog Posts will start on May 23rd, 2021!

By Rev. Chrissy Cataldo / July 11, 2021

June 11th: Devotional 20

Watch/Listen to this video: 5 Tips for Being an Ally: https://youtu.be/_dg86g-QlM0

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By Rev. Chrissy Cataldo / June 19, 2021

June 19th: Devotional 28

Thank for for choosing to commit to reading watching, and praying through this Pentecost to Juneteenth devotional series. It is...

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By Rev. Chrissy Cataldo / June 18, 2021

June 18th: Devotional 27

Thank you for your dedication to reading and praying through this anti-racism devotional series. Tomorrow, the final day of our...

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By Rev. Chrissy Cataldo / June 17, 2021

June 17th: Devotional 26

It is good to examine the ways we use the concepts of “light” and “dark” in our language, art, and...

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By Rev. Chrissy Cataldo / June 16, 2021

June 16th: Devotional 25

This is a helpful resource about talking with children about race. While some adults are hesitant to talk about race...

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By Rev. Chrissy Cataldo / June 15, 2021

June 15th: Devotional 24

You may have heard the history of the United Church of Christ described as the coming together of 4 streams...

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By Rev. Chrissy Cataldo / June 14, 2021

June 14th: Devotional 23

Read these two scriptures and note how they talk about Power- who has it, what becomes of the powerful: Ephesians...

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By Rev. Chrissy Cataldo / June 13, 2021

June 13th: Devotional 22

Read about the Doctrine of Discovery: https://upstanderproject.org/firstlight/doctrine Want to learn more? Watch this 1 hour video about the doctrine of...

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By Rev. Chrissy Cataldo / June 12, 2021

June 12th: Devotional 21

Read this: How to Make this Moment the Turning Point for Real Change (Barack Obama) Article: https://barackobama.medium.com/how-to-make-this-moment-the-turning-point-for-real-change-9fa209806067

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By Rev. Chrissy Cataldo / June 10, 2021

June 10th: Devotional 19

Please watch: The Urgency of Intersectionality Short Video: https://www.ted.com/talks/kimberle_crenshaw_the_urgency_of_intersectionality?language=en

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The Anti-Racism Resource Team is a group of clergy and lay members of the Maine Conference UCC committed to dismantling racism in all its forms. We welcome others to join us in the pursuit of justice.

Our Main Focus is to:

  • Identify and provide Anti-Racism training and education resources;
  • Be a communication hub, inspiring advocacy in the Maine Conference UCC;
  • Listen for the concerns people of color face in Maine and beyond, and seek to take action; and
  • Discover how the “New Jim Crow” manifests itself in Maine and ways to respond.

Team Members: Allison Smith, Linette George, Steve Gray, Chrissy Cataldo, Alyssa Lodewick, Sarah Pringle-Lewis, and John Cunningham.