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The Maine Conference UCC Anti-Racism Team responds to the recent events in Charlottesville, VA

Civil Rights activist, scholar, and singer Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon once said that the reason “This Little Light of Mine” is such a powerful song in the Black Church tradition is because it is a statement of commitment and recommitment to following Jesus. She called it an “I” song, a song that serves as a declaration of intent to remain dedicated to a cause. Claiming the song means that I am going to walk in hope and justice, loving all whom God loves (which includes everyone). It means that I am going to offer my energy, my well-being, and maybe even my life to do what is right. It means that I will not hide my light in order to get by under the status quo.

This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine.

In Charlottesville, Virginia, this past Saturday, when a diverse group of preachers, rabbis, imams, and everyday folks – some were religious, while others claimed no faith tradition at all – wanted to stand up to a group of armed white supremacists, they linked arms and sang “This Little Light of Mine.” They sang their commitment aloud and put their bodies on the line to demonstrate that commitment. Their light would not be overshadowed as it courageously challenged racism, white supremacy, and hate.

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Maine Conference United Church of Christ
Open and Affirming Statement

Recognizing the foundational importance of the prayer of Jesus, “That they may all be one” (John 17:21), we welcome all people into the full life, leadership, and ministry of the Maine Conference of the United Church of Christ. We recognize that each of us offers our own unique perspectives, experiences, gifts, and talents in support of the work of The Maine Conference of the United Church of Christ irrespective of physical differences or artificially constructed social divisions. To that end, we affirm the rights and responsibilities of full participation in the ministry of The Maine Conference of The United Church of Christ of people of any sexual orientation or expression, gender identity or expression, age, race, ethnicity, national origin, marital standing, physical and mental health status, economic status, family structure, or any other label that would seek to divide rather than to unite.

Open and Affirming (ONA) Resources


MEUCC ALIVE! is periodically published in our weekly All-Conference E-mail (ACE) about the many vital and vibrant ministries of the churches of the Maine Conference, UCC. We welcome submissions and suggestions of articles (send us your pictures too). Our focus will be on those churches that are doing a new thing! Let’s share our stories, good ideas, and talk about experiments that have succeeded (and those that have failed!). Send your articles or ideas to Anne Hodgman at conference@maineucc.org. We can’t wait to see how your congregation is alive!

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