Advocate for Justice
In the United Church of Christ, we do justice. In the 60’s we were part of the Civil Rights movement. We’ve been advocating for gay rights since the 70’s. We took on environmental racism in the 80’s. And we remain engaged with the big issues of our times. Our national advocacy efforts are currently focused on topics like climate change, racism, criminal justice reform, and human trafficking. We’re doing justice. Join us.
God’s creation is groaning under the burden of injustice, greed, and arrogance. Our choices have resulted in vanishing and degraded farmland, air unfit to breathe and water unfit to drink, unsustainable energy processes and consumption, and the perilous immediate and long-term worldwide consequences of global warming and climate change. Poor communities and communities of color are disproportionately suffering the unjust consequences of our choices. We are called to spiritual and lifestyle transformation based on justice and reverence for all of God’s creatures and creation.
First Central was an active participant in the Equal Omaha Coalition, which led the passage of Omaha’s Equal Employment Ordinance in 2012. This law bans workplace discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons. And we provided leadership to 2015’s Ready To Marry Campaign for full marriage equality.
We continue to advocate for full equality of all persons.
Each person is created in the image of God. But whenever we devise, maintain or perpetuate systems and structures that oppress people based on race and/or ethnicity, we interfere with God’s purpose and the opportunity for all God’s children to be fully who they are created to be. Racism is an affront to God.
The United Church of Christ and its predecessor churches have made a priority commitment to supporting policies and structures that make real our Christian commitment to racial justice.
Justice and Witness Ministries
The vision of the United Church of Christ is a just, compassionate and peaceful world that honors all of God’s creation. We achieve this by speaking and acting prophetically through community mobilization, leadership training, issues education, public witness, and public policy advocacy.
The Rev. Traci Blackmon, Executive Minister of Justice and Witness Ministries, gives a powerful statement as to why she protests in this video.