As an historically white denomination, we find it incredibly important to stand in solidarity with Communities of Color, to the best of our ability. We try to listen and learn.
First Church, the Middlesex branch of the NAACP, and community members in Middletown, gathered for a series of conversations about how to disrupt the school-to-prison-pipeline. We realized there are so many different factors, layers and entry points to this issue, and that we still have a lot of work to do
The UCC has a program to hold local communities accountable to doing the much needed work around race.
As the Connecticut Conference of the United Church of Christ, we passed a resolution of “Implementation to End Mass Incarceration for Non-Violent Offenses.” Our role in the local churches is to discern how best to stand to this. At First Church, one thing we do is we spend time with kids in the Connecticut Juvenile Training School, as well as try to educate ourselves and our communities about this injustice.