On the weekend of Nov 17/18,2018, St. Martin de Porres parishioners signed a Covenant for committing our parish to the organization, North County Churches Uniting for Racial Harmony and Justice (NCCU).
Dr. Rance Thompson, president of NCCU, from John Knox Presbyterean Church, visited St. Martin’s a couple of years ago to invite us to join in the efforts of NCCU. Two years later, he and Dr. Barbara Thompson, vice-president of NCCU, came to welcome and thank us for committing to this organization.
NCCU began 20 years ago as 19 area churches saw the need for drawing the residents together and to help relieve fears and anxieties of some residents with the changes occurring in North County. At that time, they drew up the elements of the Ecumenical Covenant that express their goals of promoting racial understanding and social justice by providing positive activities in our area. The nineteen churches made their commitment and NCCU was created. Today there are almost 30 churches that are committed to NCCU, St. Martin’s being the eighth Catholic Church.
Following are the elements of the NCCU Covenant: