First Presbyterian Church is committed to being an

anti-racist institution.

Below you’ll find videos, resources, and information about what our church is doing to confront racism

and how you can participate.

Rev. Dr. Brian R. Paulson

Rev. Amy Heinrich

Rev. Kara Smith Laubenstein


Rev. Ryan Wallace

Anti-Racism and Equity Task Force

In June, the Session of First Presbyterian Church of Libertyville voted to form an “Anti-Racism and Equity Task Force” (ARETF). This task force has been charged with:

·  Learn about the Presbytery of Chicago’s Commission on Anti-Racism and Equity and explore what resources and guidance CARE can offer First Pres;

·  In partnership with Faith Formation, curate an initial set of anti-racism resources and develop opportunities for members of our community to engage in anti-racism work through learning, prayer, and action;

·  Make a recommendation on how to institutionalize anti-racism at First Pres (i.e. forming a new committee or assigning responsibilities to existing committees);

·  Make a recommendation on appropriate anti-racism training for officers, staff, and members and explore options for an institutional audit; and

·  Make any other recommendations to Session to deepen our congregation’s commitment to becoming an anti-racist institution.

The members of the ARETF are: Elder Debra Alexander (co-chair), Tucker Olson (co-chair), Amy Christian, Andy Danckers, Juli Dunsing, Elder Anna Groebe, Elder Susan Henning, Elder Rosemary Monahan and Rev. Ryan Wallace.


You can read more about our commitment to anti-racism in Rev. Dr. Brian Paulson’s letter to the congregation on June 18, 2020. 

Faith Formation Opportunities

Films on Racism

Films on Racism: Stories that Speak to Our Souls

This summer adult Faith Formation is offering three films to watch from home followed by group discussions. These online discussion groups will not be for the purpose of sharing already formed opinions or persuading others to agree.

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Dialogues on Race (Youth Study)

Our high school youth are participating in Dialogues on Race, a 7-week study exploring racism and racial identity through a Christian lens. Email Pastor Kara for more information.

Be the Bridge 101

This is a five-week guided small group discussion for adults of First Pres to learn and grow together in our understanding of white identity and to prepare ourselves to engage in the work of racial reconciliation in our community. Learn more and sign up here. Small groups will begin the week of September 16 and meet weekly for one hour. Groups will be facilitated by a pastor or trained church leader.


Other Resources