June 4, 2020
Our church's 381-year history includes both the tragic exploitation of people of color among us and also the faithful resistance of racial injustice. In the last decades, the supposed racial progress in our country has masked the prejudice, discrimination, and the spiritual and bodily suffering that continue to this day.
Today is a day to follow Christ's life and command of love.
To our church members and community members of color, First Church Milford loves you.
We grieve with the family and community of George Floyd. We grieve the violence done to God's children because of racism far away or here in Milford. We grieve for those of us who are continually re-traumatized with each new tragedy of racial injustice and for those who live in constant fear.
We condemn racism in all its forms.
We seek to stand in solidarity with all who seek justice and to help reform our nation, community, and ourselves in the image of Christ, in whom we all equally receive God's grace and love and who leads us toward the Beloved Community.
Rev. Adam Eckhart, Rev. Ashley Grant
and the Open and Affirming Ministry
If you are seeking more resources related to racial justice and perspectives on how to confront racism today, our denomination, the United Church of Christ, has a wide array of resources [ here ].
The church's Open and Affirming Ministry recommends reading the May 28, 2020 statement by the United Church of Christ officers on the devastation of racial injustice today, which may be found [ here ].
On June 7th, 2020, our Senior Pastor, Rev. Adam Eckhart, preached the sermon, "3 Graduates," which addresses racial justice in the wake of George Floyd's death. A written version of the sermon is [ here ] and the video of the entire June 7th service is [ here ] (the scripture reading begins at 15:30).
The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III, Senior Pastor of Trinity UCC, the largest congregation in the denomination, preached a sermon after the death of Ahmaud Arbery that is the basis of an online resource (sermon and panel discussion) that you can link to [ here ].
First United Church of Christ
34 West Main Street
Milford, CT 06460
All are welcome at First Church! As an inclusive community of God's children, we affirm the radical welcome and hospitality of the United Church of Christ; No matter who you are, or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here!
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