COMMITTEE ON ANTI-RACISM & EQUITY (CARE)

We’re so glad you’re here! We are a Matthew 25 church, which means we are committed to dismantling structural racism. This is complex and crucial peacemaking work, and we invite you to engage!

THE WORK

The Committee on Anti-Racism & Equity (CARE) strives to provide opportunities for members of our congregation and wider community to learn and grow in their understanding of anti-racism; establish and grow deeper partnerships that foster racial reconciliation with accountability to people of color, and communicate about this work both within our congregation and in the wider world.

BELOVED COMMUNITY NEWS

We hope you will enjoy these newsletters and share with other people in your life who may be interested in uprooting racism and growing Beloved Community!

THE YEAR IN REVIEW

ANTI-RACISM & EQUITY PROGRAMMING

Shared by the First Pres Committee on Anti-Racism & Equity (CARE)

Sacred Ground: A Film-Based Dialogue Series on Race & Faith

Kicks off January 21, 2024 and small groups meet every other week until June 2024

Past First Pres participants have been deeply moved by this 11-part study, being offered in partnership with the Annunciation of Our Lady Episcopal Church in Gurnee and North Suburban Mennonite Church in Libertyville. This study is built around a powerful online curriculum of documentary films and readings that focus on black, indigenous, Latino, and Asian/Pacific American histories as they intersect with European American histories. Small groups are invited to walk through chapters of America’s history on race and racism while weaving in threads of family story, economic class, and political and regional identity. Participants will have the option of both in-person virtual/zoom groups. The series kicks off with a screening of Traces of the Trade on November 12 (see above) and the study groups will meet every other week from January through June.

ANTI-RACISM RESOURCES

PROGRAMS

Check out our recent programs & past offerings

QUESTIONS?

Reach out! We’d love to hear from you! First pres members, community members, anyone!