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Special Sunday Communications | Human Relations Day 01

Subject: Human Relations Day is five weeks away—January 16, 2022

Scripture: “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people.” —Galatians 6:10, NIV

Pretext: Use your unique spiritual gifts for the common good on January 16, 2022

Dear Church Leader:

In a social justice commentary, the Rev. I. Malik Saafir highlights two questions before The United Methodist Church: “Will those on the side of the road know us as the church that passed by on the other side? Or will they know us as the church that provides outreach programs that take the risk to heal their wounds?”

Human Relations Day is five weeks away—January 16, 2022. Celebrated on the Sunday before the national observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday (or on a date that is convenient for your congregation), Human Relations Day is a time to highlight the social justice commitment of The United Methodist Church and to partner in supporting outreach to underserved communities in the United States.

Tap persons from the church council or equivalent, church and society and religion and race work areas to help plan the celebration. The free resources listed below are provided to help your team outline your time of fellowship and worship. Encourage your planning team to use the resources below.



Dear Friends,

Thank you for your faithful giving to Human Relations Day. In 2020, gifts to Human Relations Day offering totaled $211,850. Your support has changed the lives of persons in underserved communities, supported and promoted ministries that respond to nonviolent youth offenders and community advocacy. We are grateful for your generosity.

Human Relations Day is weeks away. Our celebration will be held on January 16, 2022. Make plans to participate in this churchwide celebration with our United Methodist brothers and sisters in Christ.  

Thank You.


Gifts to Human Relations Day support the Community Developers and community advocacy through the United Methodist Voluntary Services administered through the General Board of Global Ministries and support at-risk youth through the Youth Offender Rehabilitation Program administered by the General Board of Church and Society.

Thank you for your generosity.

Connectional Giving Team

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