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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 / May 30, 2021

May 30th: Devotional 8

There has been much shared in this last week of the Anti-Racism Challenge.  Don’t worry if you haven’t been able...

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By Rev. Chrissy Cataldo / May 29, 2021

May 29th: Devotional 7

The Forgotten Slavery of our Ancestors To listen to the Podcast, navigate to this page and click the green triangle:...

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By Rev. Chrissy Cataldo / May 28, 2021

May 28th: Devotional 6

This is also about an hour long podcast. Black History in Maine: The Stories & Contributions of Maine's Black Individuals...

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By Rev. Chrissy Cataldo / May 27, 2021

May 27th: Devotional 5

Today’s recommendation is about an hour long podcast. Maine’s Role in the Slave Trade Podcast: https://www.mainepublic.org/show/maine-calling/2020-01-21/maines-role-in-the-slave-trade-research-uncovers-significant-slave-trading-in-new-england

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By Rev. Chrissy Cataldo / May 26, 2021

May 26th: Devotional 4

Read this article: Why is Maine so White? https://www.mainepublic.org/maine/2019-02-19/why-is-maine-so-white-and-what-it-means-to-ask-the-question

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By Rev. Chrissy Cataldo / May 25, 2021

May 25th: Devotional 3

This is a day to set aside a little more time.  Read: The 1619 project : https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/14/magazine/black-history-american-democracy.html Want More? Listen...

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By Rev. Chrissy Cataldo / May 24, 2021

May 24th: Devotional 2

The Crystal Gems invite you (in a kid appropriate video) to Tell the Whole Story: https://youtu.be/7JheC-_8I5A And, we invite you...

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By Rev. Chrissy Cataldo / May 23, 2021

An Introduction to the Pentecost and Juneteenth Challenge 2021 and Our First Devotional Reading

“No problem in history has ever been solved by not talking about it.” - Ibram X. Kendi The Maine Conference,...

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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.