Human Relations Day is one of the six churchwide Special Sundays of The United Methodist Church. The Human Relations Day offering strengthens outreach to communities in the United States and Puerto Rico, encouraging social justice and work with at-risk youth.
Human Relations Day occurs during Epiphany, the season of manifesting God’s light to the world. The day encourages better human relations by affirming the dignity, self-determination and interdependence of individuals and communities.
This day of social action and raising awareness aims to heal social ills at the national level. Three initiatives benefit from the offering: Community Developers, United Methodist Voluntary Services (UMVS) and the Youth Offender Rehabilitation Program.
United Methodists celebrate Human Relations Day on the Sunday preceding the birthday observance of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The juxtaposition of these two very special days is not a coincidence. The United Methodist Book of Discipline describes the purpose of Human Relations Day as a call to "the Church to recognize the right of all God's children in realizing their potential as human beings in relationship with each other."