“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”- Nelson Mandela
“Reparations is the process to remember, repair, restore, reconcile and make amends for wrongs that can never be singularly reducible to monetary terms. The process of reparations is “an historical reckoning involving acknowledgment that an offense against humanity was committed and that the victims have not received justice.”
- Bernice Power Jackson
On January 27, 2019, Boise First Congregational UCC voted to establish a Reparations Fund.
Donations to the Reparations Fund will be used to assist local people of color with their education costs: tuition, books, and other education expenses. We decided to initiate the fund after many of us read We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates and An Indigenous People’s History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz in the summer and fall of 2018. We agreed that reading and talking about racial injustice isn’t enough; we need to take action against racism. Our Reparations Fund is one step in our progress toward achieving racial justice as we have promised God in our Covenant on Justice.
Your donation to our Reparations Fund will be used to help a local person of color realize their dream of earning a college degree and changing the world.
+ To make an online donation to the Reparations Fund, click on the Donate button. In the space “Add special instructions to the seller:”, you can designate "Reparations Fund".
+ You may also write a check to Boise First Congregational United Church of Christ. Please write “Reparations Fund” on the memo line at the lower left hand corner of the check.
Note: Contributions made to the Reparations Fund are separate from pledges promised to Boise First to support our annual budget.
Click HERE to donate to the Reparations Fund.