This weekend, the Indiana-Kentucky Conference of the UCC (IKC) held its Annual Gathering. We met virtually for the first time and voted nearly unanimously on two important resolutions. Resolutions alone do not change the world… but people working to enact such statements/policies DO change the world, and that is what faith is about.
MENTAL HEALTH: The first resolution was for the IKC to adopt a WISE Covenant and become a WISE Conference. (W.I.S.E. is an acronym for Welcoming, Inclusive, Supportive, and Engaged for Mental Health.) The resolution passed unanimously, and we became the 3rd UCC Conference to become a WISE Conference for Mental Health. Read the covenant here. Read the resolution here.
SYSTEMIC RACISM: The second resolution was on systemic racism and can be found here. We named some of the hurts that we have caused and committed to do better; it will start with a call to Associations (smaller groups of congregations) to hold anti-racism training for all pastors, just like we are required to have boundary training on a regular basis. These are great first steps, AND there is more work to do on all levels.
Many who are connected to St. Peter’s want to engage these topics… and we should. What can you give to the conversations? How can you respond? What resources do you have to give to advancing the work of de-stigmatizing mental health challenges and dismantling systemic racism? Reach out to one of our leaders or to me if you have a personal interest in nurturing these conversations/ministries in tangible ways at St. Peter’s.
Additionally, if you would like to support the work of the IKC directly, you can donate here.