The anti-racism work of the group includes education, advocacy and taking action toward becoming an anti-racist congregation within The United Church of Canada.


Contact: Carol Wilson –

Mission Statement

The Anti-Racism Working Group (ARWG) supports actions by Islington United Church and by church members to educate ourselves and take action on racism within our church, the community and the wider Canadian context. The anti-racism work of the group will include education, advocacy and action toward becoming an anti-racist congregation within the United Church of Canada.


Our objectives are to:

● Educate and increase awareness of white privilege and systemic racism;

● Learn about the negative consequences of racism on the basic freedoms, health, education, safety, and employment of Black, Brown, Indigenous, Asian, and all people who face racism;*

● Listen to experiences of racism and reflect upon our participation and complicity in racist systems and actions;

● Support greater cultural diversity at Islington United Church in worship services, music programs, and activities and through visual representation;

● Extend meaningful hospitality from the church to all persons resulting in a congregation reflective of the diversity in the surrounding community;

● Seek and support Black, Brown, Indigenous, and Asian persons in church lay and ministerial leadership positions

…in order to effect cultural change to address injustices that oppress Black, Brown, Indigenous, Asian, and all people who face racism.

*We note that language is ever evolving and complex. Terms that suggest racial identification are intended to facilitate discussions that can lead to the dismantling of systemic racism.


How to Be Antiracist (events on

United Church Anti-Racism Book List (scroll down)

‘Note from Nora’ – Former General Secretary of The United Church of Canada

Emmanuel College Resources (lots of great material on offer, various media)

Wide-ranging Resource document shared by GO Project (Created by Anna Stamborski, M. Div Candidate (2022), Nikki Zimmermann, M. Div candidate (2021), Bailie Gregory, M. Div, M.S. Ed)

Whose Lives Matter | Stratford Festival Forum 2017

It’s time to end white privilege and white supremacy in Corporate Canada (article in The Globe and Mail)

How to be Antiracist – Article (article on

Racial Profiling by stores, landlords and companies: Are we Racist? (CBC Marketplace YouTube video)

My Teenage Life Being Black in Canada (YouTube video)

The Science of Skin Color by Bill Nye (TikTok video)

Ending Racial Harassment (booklet from the United Church of Canada for congregations and people involved in church work)

Anti-Racism, The United Church of Canada (anti-racism information and resources from The United Church of Canada)