A Just World for All
Rev. John Dorhauer, the General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ, will be Mayflower’s preacher on Pledge Sunday, November 17. The Pledge Sunday theme is “A Just World for All” (this is also the UCC’s vision).
This is what our denomination’s leader had to say on July 10:
It is the 400th anniversary of the first slave landing. We whites today all need to know more about OUR complicity with this, OUR continuing legacy of a white supremacy that our/my European ancestors birthed to justify this horror, and OUR ongoing investment in whiteness as a means of distributing wealth, access, and power.
Racism is one of the issues about which we care deeply at Mayflower. As we gather to march to the altar to commit our money to the work we do together at Mayflower, we are encouraged by the fact that we are not alone as individuals and that we are part of a denomination that regularly engages in prophetic witness such as the statement by our preacher.
On November 17, we expect to be challenged by Rev. Dorhauer, to be the congregation we are called to be, a congregation dedicated to ministries of compassion and to a world where justice rolls like a river (oh yeah, we’ll of course be singing that song as we come to the altar).
Part of our responsibility is to do the work to discern how much of our money we will commit to the work we are called to do together. This is work we can’t do for each other. We will know we have come up with the right amount when it resonates deep within us. This is the time to begin the process of discernment to get us to the right place on November 17. Each of us must give as we decide in our hearts, not reluctantly or under compulsion.
Rev. John Dorhauer, the General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ, will be Mayflower’s guest preacher. The Pledge Sunday theme is A Just World for All, which is also the UCC’s vision.
Last year along with our successful pledge drive, we also committed to one percent of all pledges to Mayflower’s immigration and asylum ministry. This year, again, we hope we will have continued increased support of our pledge drive and that we will be able to increase our work against climate change. This could lead to new and exciting work by the Mayflower community when our planet is under existential threat.
We are also challenging the congregation to consider increasing your 2020 pledges by 1% of your annual income. This will help ensure the programs at Mayflower continue and will make our commitment to immigration and climate change that much more impactful.