In the fall of 1997 the congregation adopted the following statement of "Affirmation and Inclusion":
Cherokee Park United Church is a community of faith gathered to proclaim and live the Good News of God in Christ. In Christ we are called to enter a new humanity free from the human barriers of race, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability or any other basis by which our oneness in Christ is denied.
We specifically affirm and welcome into the full life, worship and leadership of the church those who have been and are excluded by the barriers of human creation. We covenant with those congregations declaring themselves "More Light" (Presbyterian) and "Open and Affirming" (United Church of Christ) as we give witness to God's just and life giving Realm in the church and in the world.
In faithfulness to this commitment the congregation indicated its intention and willingness to live out the statement in a variety of ways including:
Antiracist and Multicultural
In 2007, the Council of Cherokee Park United Church created an Antiracism Team. The purpose of the Antiracism Team is to provide leadership for Cherokee Park United Church in the transformational work of becoming an antiracist, multicultural community of faith. This ministry incorporates the on-going work of the church and its mission with the wider community. The Team works to build the process of becoming an antiracist, multiracial church on sound scriptural and sociological grounds.
The Team acknowledges that antiracism work is confessional-confessing that racism is a violation of covenant and the relationship humans owe each other in their interdependence and that racism denies the another's humanity, worth, and godliness. Racism is a violation of justice. We seek to move beyond a superficial understanding of the dynamics and history of racism through guided, facilitated readings and dialogue on social, personal, institutional, and systemic racism. This means getting serious about study and reflection on racism and the strategies for dismantling it. In 2007 and 2008, Cherokee Park United Church is regularly hosting 12-week Antiracism Study Dialogue Circles (ASDIC).
Cherokee Park United's Commitment to creating a welcoming and safe place for people of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds is reflected in music, art and its continued outreach into the community.