This story was originally published by the WND News Center.
A diverse 2024 desk calendar published by a woke Christian church is apparently not woke enough, since the image of a white, blonde-haired girl is displayed at the top of the cover.
Now, the president of the United Church of Christ is issuing a formal apology for featuring the blonde child at the top of a circle of children of various races holding hands, with a Bible quote stating: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
"I write to apologize for the ways in which the most recent edition of the UCC desk calendar failed to live up to our commitments to be an antiracist body," wrote Rev. John C. Dorhauer, the general minister and president of the church.
"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.
"I want to thank those of you who took the time to write to me and share your disappointment, your outrage, and your commitment to hold us accountable to our promises.
"The cover does not reflect our strong commitment to antiracism. I apologize for that. 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.
"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. We will again remind ourselves and challenge ourselves to apply a level of diligence that will reduce the likelihood that this happens again. 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.
"My deepest and sincerest apology to those whom this cover art offended and angered. Thank you again to those who took care and the time to speak to me in ways that helped me recognize my short-sightedness. It is my hope that this ongoing covenantal commitment of holding each other accountable will lead us closer to the hoped for vision of a church and a culture free of the vestiges of white privilege and racism. We are on that journey, but not yet where God is calling us to go.
"May it please God to call us ever forward and may our commitments to this work continue until justice prevails and the evil of racism ends."
The United Church of Christ is far from a conservative mindset when it comes to Christianity. It is a politically left-leaning denomination known for its commitment to inclusivity and racial justice.
"We are one of the very few Christian churches that are leading bold and courageous conversations, engaging in direct social activism, and participating in civil disobedience as a way to bring attention to and disrupt racist systems and structures," the church declares on its website.
It's also pushing for reparations "for people of African descent enslaved Africans and their descendants globally. Reparatory justice is also needed for descendants of Indigenous peoples including Native Americans, Latin Americans, Asian/Pacific Islanders/Hawaiians whose legacies include, genocide, theft of land, the denial of legal and human rights, and forced labor to build the wealth of Europe and U.S. territories."
In recent times, some UCC churches have hosted drag shows to demonstrate support for young members of the LGBT community.