Human Relations Day is Jan. 14 

“Happy are people who make peace, because they will be called God’s children.” – Matthew 5:9, CEB

Human Relations Day is Jan. 14, a fitting occasion on the day before our nation celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. How will your church celebrate this timely churchwide SpecialSunday and share its gifts to support important ministries of social change, youth development and peace-making reconciliation in communities across the nation? Will you make it a day for all God’s children?

How do community outreach, social justice and work with at-risk youth, all supported by today’s special offering, live out this beatitude? What additional things can we do to act as loving, caring children of God?

On this coming Sunday United Methodists celebrate Human Relations Day by receiving a special offering. Human Relations Day calls for us to recognize the right of all God’s children to realize their potential. Your gifts allow The United Methodist Church to strengthen outreach to communities in the United States and Puerto Rico, encouraging social justice and work with at-risk youth. Please give generously! Thank you!

Here is a Pastor and Leader’s Kit, plus other resources for your church.

Download and use these items to help you promote Human Relations Day:

  • Bulletin Inserts
  • Poster
  • Offering-Talk Illustrations
  • Infographics
  • Videos
  • Facebook Images
  • Children’s Sermons

Also, here is a suggested “Moment for Mission” that you can include in your church bulletin or have read aloud just before you receive the offering. (www.umcgiving.org/mission-moments/jan.-14-human-relations-day-today).

Thank you for your faithful support of United Methodist mission and ministries!

Conference supports local ministry with Human Relations Day offering

Human Relations Day signifies the importance of fostering cooperative relationships, overcoming systemic racial prejudice and fulfilling human potential. Your offering on this Special Sunday helps nurture at-risk youth and fortify struggling communities through ministries that support and advocate for justice, educational alternatives and community development.

One such ministry in the Eastern PA Conference is Casa del Pueblo, based at Lehman Memorial UMC in Hatboro, Pa. It serves and strengthens Latino immigrant families through Spanish-language worship, discipleship, education and community outreach. This ministry, led by the Rev. Lillian “Luki” Cotto (right), is a new project of the Community Developers Program, funded in part by your Human Relations Day offering.

Please give generously on Jan. 14, 2018, or whenever your church observes Human Relations Day.

Anawim is Casa del Pueblo’s 2-year-old music school, through which Latino children learn to play music and perform liturgical and folk dances inherited from their diverse cultures. John Coleman photos