Unity Weekend is organized by Derek Grier, founding pastor of Grace Church in Northern VA and a team of multicultural Christian leaders from across the nation. Click here to view more information on the organizing of Unity Weekend.

We live in an unprecedented period when the Church is dangerously polarized by race, ethnicity and cultural differences as never before. Yet, the Bible is very clear regarding the value and importance of unity within the Christian Church.

Unity Weekend will provide a platform for churches nationwide to strategically identify, address, and participate in Gospel-based solutions to our national crisis (James 2:1, 2-3, Galatians 2:11-13, Matthew 28:18-20).

Unity Weekend activities will have a kick-off prayer meeting in May 2023, several weeks before Unity Weekend.

The community service activities will be sponsored by local churches in targeted cities across the country (Washington DC, Atlanta, Dallas-Ft Worth). It is also envisioned that churches in non-targeted cities may hold community service events by themselves or in partnership with other participating churches and ministries. On Sunday, June 11, 2023, we encourage churches nationwide to preach a healing message on racial unity.

Getting involved in Unity Weekend is simple. Add your church or organization by clicking here and completing the sign-up form. Please note, we encourage leaders of all participating organizations to read the Statement of Change before signing up to participate.

There are no direct costs associated with Unity Weekend participation. Any expenses associated with Unity Weekend participation will be determined based on the activities in which a church/organization chooses to engage and managed by that church/organization. Donations will be accepted to support the event, but the organizing team will never charge or request a fee to participate in Unity Weekend. You can provide a donation by emailing support@unityweekend.com.

Participating churches and organizations are expected to conduct Unity Weekend activities consistent with unifying principles of Scripture.

Additional details and resources to support pastors, churches and community organizations for Unity Weekend can be found at: unityweekend.com/resources. Please feel free to email the Unity Weekend Leader Support Team if you have any questions or concerns support@unityweekend.com.

There is a growing list of participating churches and organizations signed up to participate in Unity Weekend. We encourage Unity Weekend participating churches and organizations to connect with others in their city. Our Resources Page provides ideas and different ways to collaborate with others in your area.

Participating Churches and Organizations
• The House DC
• DC Dream Center
• New Bethel Baptist Church (DC)
• Bethesda Baptist Church (DC)
• Grace Church (Dumfries, VA)

The Unity Weekend organizing team will develop a set of metrics, including a post-weekend survey to be completed by all participating organizations.

Beginning June 2023, Unity Weekend will occur annually. There will also be quarterly opportunities to engage our Let’s Talk community of Christian leaders to address critical race matters across the US. We will engage in an ongoing and continuous process of examining how we can move the needle and better confront racism and inequality in our churches, our communities, and our nation.

Apart from the obvious spiritual considerations, (John 17:20-21; Gal 3:28, Proverbs 6:16-17), young people list racism as the #4 biggest problem that their generation faces.