A progressive woke Christian church apologized for causing “offense” with a calendar that featured a blonde white child on its cover.
United Church of Christ President Rev. John C. Dorhauer apologized profusely for displaying “the subtleties of racism” in a letter posted on the UCC website on May 23.
Scrambling to address the complaints, he said the new desk calendar featuring the white child “failed to live up to our commitments to be an antiracist body” of the church.
The 2024 desk calendar, currently being sold on the UCC website, features a drawing of children and at least one adult with gray hair holding hands in a circle.
Despite various skin colors displayed in the graphic, UCC members were outraged because a White child with blonde hair was towards the top of the image.
Rev. Dorhauer said the image should have been rotated the image slightly so a more racially diverse person was at the top.
“It has been brought to my attention that a slight rotation of the cover image in either direction would more accurately reflect the racial equity we seek. I am grateful for such attention to the subtleties of racism and agree,” he wrote.
The UCC president thanked members for informing him about their “disappointment and outrage” over the calendar.
He then went on to lament on the pervasiveness of “white privilege.”
“Seeing how the image on the cover is plainly focused on the blonde-haired person makes it clear to me that there are still ways in which the centering of whiteness remains instantiated in our language, our art, and our culture,” he wrote.
“This is a reminder of the kind of diligence required to fully overcome the ravages of white privilege still embedded in our system, our psyche, and our culture.”
The church leader also promised future graphics were aligned with the church’s commitment to antiracism.
“We will again remind ourselves and challenge ourselves to apply a level of diligence that will reduce the likelihood that this happens again,” he said.
“We will also review the processes we use to approve graphic designs before being published, building a network of accountability that will enable us to align more fully with our vision for and commitment to antiracism.”
The UCC president then expressed hope that the church would be free from white privilege and racism in the future.
The United Church of Christ is a progressive denomination, boasting “inclusivity” and a commitment to racial justice.
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