The UCC Mission:
“United in Spirit, and inspired by God’s grace, we love all, welcome all, and seek justice for all.”
We were built to heal bodies broken and divided. This is our calling. Our core values of love, hospitality, and justice for all must be fully embraced in the days to come. It could well be that we were called into being for just such a time as this.
We, the Officers and Council of Conference Ministers of the United Church of Christ, call upon the church to seek a pathway that envisions a just world for all. Those who celebrate this election must show a humility that honors the pain of those whose dreams were dashed by the outcome. Those who grieve must find a courage and hope found in a faith not in earthly power, but in the redemptive love of our Risen Christ.
It is with this humility and faith that we can fulfill our mission: to build a just world for all. We stand in the face of fear and hate and proclaim that “love wins!” We rise up and respond to public derision of “the other” with a full embrace of and warm welcome for all God’s beautiful children. We confront the injustices of the powerful with a steady drumbeat of justice.
It seems appropriate to remember the words of the civil rights activist and song-writer James Weldon Johnson:
God of our weary years,
God of our silent tears,
Thou who hast brought us thus far on the way;
Thou who has by Thy might
Led us into the light,
Keep us forever in the path, we pray….
Shadowed beneath Thy hand, may we forever stand,
True to our God, true to our native land.
We now must stand, true to our God and true to our native land. Let what we do in this time help both America and our denomination become what each name aspires to: A UNITED States of America and a UNITED Church of Christ. And may it be our love of, our welcome to, and our justice for all that unites us.
The United Church of Christ National Officers:
The Rev. John C. Dorhauer
General Minister and President
The Rev. Traci Blackmon
Executive Minister, Justice and Witness Ministries