A.C.T. Now: Unite to End Racism

What Can You Do?

Awaken. Confront. Transform.

Some possible steps.

Leonard Pitts article

50 Years In the Future

MLK, Jr.'s Granddaughter

Faith Groups Rally Against Racism On Anniversary Of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Death Christians, Hindus, Muslims, Jews, Sikhs and others gathered in Washington to honor King’s legacy.

MLK, memorial visitors reflect on past, future civil rights fight


Racists Anonymous

Vital Conversations on Race

Sacred Conversations to End Racism, UCC

Facing Racism: A Vision of the Intercultural Community. PC(USA)

The Source for Youth Ministry

Youth Worker, The Blind Side of Racism

Police Chief Gives Advice on Handling Armed Intruders

 In light of recent violence targeting communities of faith, Columbus Police Chief Kimberley Jacobs - also a member at a West Ohio United Methodist church - shares some do's and don't's in confronting and preventing active threats to your congregation. 

A Proclamation for Setting the Table for Civility


Proclamation for Setting the Table for Civility

WHEREAS, the holiday season is an occasion where family and friends gather over meals and share moments of gratitude with and for each other; and express their faith in the Creator 

WHEREAS, civil discourse is the free and respectful exchange of different ideas in a way that respects and affirms all persons, while hearing their perspectives; and 

WHEREAS, listening to each other and listening across differences for understanding is important in building respect, deepening our relationships to see the image of the Creator in one another and sustaining our sense of community; and 

WHEREAS, heated rhetoric and a shift away from collaboration leaves us divided and unable to solve the challenges confronting our community; and 

WHEREAS, many people have experienced loss or harm to treasured relationships because of our heated rhetoric and divided politics; and WHEREAS, sharing our personal gratitude, fears, hopes and dreams can help us tell a story of what unites us over what divides us, and can bring us together around shared values during this time when our country needs it and as we gather with family and friends; and WHEREAS, listening with respect, pausing to reflect on the need to heal the divisions in our country, rebuilding trust and reconnecting as people around what unites us, are key elements of helping us revive civility and respect through “Setting the Table for Civility”;     

NOW, THEREFORE, we, the Civil Discourse working group of the Ohio Council of Churches do hereby proclaim December 2017, to be Revive Civility Month in this community and encourage all residents to join in setting our tables for civility by reflecting on the need to heal our divisions, listening respectfully during this holiday season to people who have different views, and supporting efforts to work together across ideological and political differences.   Rebecca J. Tollefson, Executive Director

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Revive Civility

2018 Accountability Letter




FY18 Group Rating Accountability Letter (doc)