The Ohio Council of Churches has a long history of confronting racism and being a leading voice in the anti-racism movement that has become a priority of many of our member denominations. Our most recent anti-racism ministry effort has been in concert with the “A.C.T. Now to End Racism” effort of the National Council of Churches in the USA (NCC).
On April 4, 2018, the NCC convened a national gathering of its partners on the National Mall in Washington, DC. This historic effort called participants to remember and express gratitude for the life and ministry of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther, King., Jr., who was assassinated 50 years ago on April 4, 1968. In addition, the National Mall event enabled each NCC partner and the nation to recommit to eradicating the entrenched racism that grips the United States and paralyzes our ability to see every human being as equal. Your Ohio Council of Churches organized and mobilized the participation of three busloads of Ohioans who made their way to Washington, DC for this moment of rededication, and to witness the launching of the NCC’s Truth and Racial Justice Initiative.
With God’s help made known through the bold leadership and witness of member denominations and partners, the Ohio Council of Churches joins with Christians everywhere in challenging ourselves and our communities to join in truth-telling efforts that lead to actions that right past and current wrongs, build loving and just relationships, and, with God’s grace, bring healing and wholeness to all people, and unity to the nation. We will:
• AWAKEN ourselves to the truth that racism is ever-present, deeply rooted in American culture, and profoundly damaging to our communities;
• CONFRONT racism, speak truth to ourselves, our communities and institutions, and stand against injustice; and
• TRANSFORM the hearts, minds, and behaviors of people and structures that shape society.
As the Ohio Council of Churches is now celebrating 100 years of ministry (1919-2019), we are enriching our anti-racism priority in the following ways:
• The March 25 Governing Board Meeting will feature a moment of anti-racism storytelling and relationship building;
• The September 25 Governing Board Meeting will feature a segment describing what more denominations can do to recognize, disrupt and dismantle racism within their organizational structures;
• A signature event celebrating the 100 Year Anniversary of the Ohio Council of Churches featuring syndicated columnist, Leonard Pitts, Jr., a wise, experienced and respected voice in analyzing and confronting racism in society. More information about the Leonard Pitts, Jr. event will come soon.