We love because he first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.  And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister."

- I John 4:19-21

MCC U.S. Program on Racial Justice and Gender Equity provides training and support for staff, constituency and churches to identify systems of racial and sexist oppression. Groups will learn about historic patterns of injustice and promote healing within organizations, communities and homes. Through training initiatives and resources, we seek to be transformed and reconciled through Christ. We offer:

  • Anti-racism training I: Understanding the roots of racism
  • Anti-racism training II: Understanding racism and economics
  • Anti-racism training III: Understanding policy and collaboration
  • Board and leadership training on racial justice and gender equity
  • Empowering women in leadership
  • Resources related to gender equity and sexualized violence

Abuse prevention

To help break the silence about sexualized violence in our communities and congregations MCC joins with other faith-based organizations. We raise awareness and provide resources for an effective response, prevention and care:

  • MCC U.S. offers printed resources that are useful to churches working to prevent abuse. This can also be useful for individuals who are coping with abuse or want to help a friend.
  • MCC East Coast offers domestic violence trainings to churches.
  • West Coast MCC provides legal assistance for undocumented immigrants who have been abused or assaulted, helping them to get legal residency.

The initiatives listed above are participatory and begin with a listening process to gather baseline information from representative MCC constituents – churches, universities, and constituent organizations.  This will guide our facilitated open conversations, trainings for pastors and leaders and resources.

Through this process, MCC hopes to build our constituent's capacity to address sexualized violence within their own contexts. They can begin to build awareness and provide tools for practical methods of prevention and care.

Download webinar recordings 

MCC hosted three webinars to help your congregation create a community of care for those affected by harm. And to find life-giving ways to talk about healthy sexuality and sexualized violence.

Healthy Sexuality in our Congregations

Sexualized violence, How should churches respond?

Healthy masculinity

Criminal justice education

In Jesus' first sermon, he calls for the captives to be released and for the oppressed to be free.  The U.S. has 5% of the world’s population and 25% of the world’s prison population.  MCC answers Jesus’ call be journeying alongside communities who have been targeted by the mass incarceration system towards healing and restoration.  MCC walks with churches as they work for justice alongside impacted communities.

MCC works with partner organizations to reach out to inmates through discipling and training, and through housing and employment opportunities.

Pipeline to Prison Learning Tour  
Join MCC for a Pipeline to Prison Learning Tour to learn about mass incarceration in the U.S. The tour will include visits to prisons and agencies working with incarcerated people and returning citizens in your local area.

“You got Booked!”
“You got Booked!” is an interactive learning tool developed by MCC. It provides youth and adult participants with an insight into the many flaws in the U.S. criminal justice system that lead to mass incarceration. MCC staff are available to meet with groups and guide discussion.

Engage with MCC U.S. Washington Office
We are in touch with MCC staff around the world so that we can better advocate for U.S. government policies that make for a more peaceful and just world.

Healing Communities Training
This program trains congregations on how to welcome and support formerly incarcerated individuals and their families.

 

Central States

Anti-oppression work is integral to all programmatic work in the Central States region.

Our regional program work focuses on: