A Racial Justice Covenant prepared by First UCC members of an informal racial justice team was presented to the congregation on Martin Luther King Sunday, January 16, 2022 , and again at the Annual Meeting on January 30, 2022 . The covenant was presented as a draft, with the understanding that it is still open to change.
The statement, which has gone through further revision since January 2022, was approved at a congregational meeting on June 19, 2022:
As members of the First United Church of Christ of Northfield, we covenant with God and each other to engage in the work of racial justice to unmask, dismantle and eradicate racism from our society. We make this commitment knowing we are fallible people in a fractured world. Our actions will include building an anti-racist community through confronting our own racism, owning our racist history, and repenting of our role in systemic racism; fostering existing and new relationships to work toward racial equity; committing resources to racial justice; and listening to, trusting, and valuing the experiences of the people most impacted by racism. Our commitment to this covenant rests on our belief that God envisions a world in which people are treated with equality and dignity.