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Human Relations Day FAQ

Volunteers working at local food bank.
Volunteers working at local food bank.

What is Human Relations Day?
Human Relations Day is one of six churchwide Special Sundays with offerings of The United Methodist Church. Human Relations Day calls United Methodists to recognize the right of all God’s children in realizing their potential as human beings in relationship with one another. The special offering benefits neighborhood ministries through Community Developers, community advocacy through United Methodist Voluntary Services and work with at-risk teens through the Youth Offender Rehabilitation Program.

When do we celebrate Human Relations Day?
United Methodists celebrate Human Relations Day on the Sunday before the national observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. 

Can our church celebrate Human Relations Day at a different time?
Yes! If your local church needs to celebrate a Special Sunday on a different date, that is fine! Do not let the given dates prohibit your congregation from celebrating Human Relations Day if you have a time conflict.

How does The United Methodist Church distribute the offerings received on Human Relations Day? 
The treasurer of the General Council on Finance and Administration allocates net receipts, after payment of promotional expenses, to the administering agencies:

  • Community Developers Program: 57 percent (General Board of Global Ministries)
  • United Methodist Voluntary Services Program: 33 percent (General Board of Global Ministries)
  • Youth Offender Rehabilitation Program: 10 percent (General Board of Church and Society)

How do I give to the Human Relations Day offering?
You can give online to the Human Relations Day offering at any time by clicking here.

To give by mail, send checks to:
P.O. Box 340029
Nashville, TN 37203
Please put name of Sunday in note section

How can I obtain Human Relations Day promotional resources?
Order free print materials online here or call toll free, 800-991-6011. Find downloadable resources and videos here.

Where should a local church send offerings for Special Sundays?
Forward offerings to your conference treasurer’s office.

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