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In the Event of an Emergency

The Reverend Matt Gaventa
Matthew 18:1-14

A Reading from the Gospel of Matthew At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, ‘Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ He called a child, whom he put among them, and said, ‘Truly I tell …

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Conversations about Racial Truth, Justice, & Reconciliation

Ferguson, Cleveland, Baltimore, Charlottesville, Prairie View, Baton Rouge, Falcon Heights, Austin, Black Lives Matter, Good People, Those Countries.”

What do these words conjure up in your mind? They may mean many different things to each of us, often depending on our own cultural background, where we were brought up, what our parents taught us, who we choose to associate with, and even what our religion teaches us.

UPC’s Social Witness Committee, the Christian Formation Committee and the Faith & Life Class joined together in the spring of 2018 to present nine weeks of classes during the Sunday school hour for a series called Racial Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation. A variety of teachers for these classes ranged from an associate pastor here at UPC, to members of our congregation, to professors from Austin Seminary, to a Vice President of Austin Community College.

We explored and discussed many aspects of race and the church’s response, and are now in a discernment process for individual and congregational responses. Our committee report, including background information, feedback from the participants, and recommendations for next steps can be found below.

We invite the congregation to read the recommendations and consider them whenever possible in the work of the church. As to the specific recommendation regarding the resolution of UPC being a Multicultural Church, the committee recommends that the congregation read “Resolution Affirming UPC Austin as a Multicultural Congregation ” and resolve to continue the process of being a willing and accepting Multicultural Church.

Mary Dodd
Chair, Social Witness Committee
Marvin Wofford
Immediate Past Chair

Click here for the series schedule

Click here for the Report on the Racial Truth Justice and Reconciliation Series – Social Witness Committee 2018-07-11

Click here for the UPC Austin Resolution – Multicultural Congregation – Approved 20061115 Affirmed 20180711