Racism is incompatible with
Christian values and Church teaching.
As Christians, we endeavor to
“do justice, love kindness and walk humbly
with the Lord our God.” —Micah 6:8.
Mission and Principles of Racial Justice Committee
Co-Chairs: Dana Connell and Laura Connell, Staff: Bill Evertsberg, At Large: Susan Bondurant, Sally Campbell, Michael Holling, Tommy McAtamney, Scott Myers, Diane Rand, and Henry White.
We are aware that there is a lot to learn about the history and impact of racism. We pledge to bring a variety of education opportunities to our members of all ages, to examine and expand our experiences and understandings. We hope this will include unique opportunities within our church. In the spirit of not re-inventing the wheel, we also hope to utilize existing resources and publicize broader educational opportunities for interested members.
We are made to live in community with one another. We hope to make connections with our broader community, and create the opportunity for more diverse relationships. We also intend to connect and organize with other local churches who have hopes like ours.
We respect all members, their perspectives and levels of interest. For those interested members, we hope to provide ways to put their faith into action in a positive way. We recognize that change will not come over night, but we believe in the possibility of change.
In The Civil Rights Cases in 1883, the Supreme Court held that exclusions from housing markets did not violate the 13th Amendment. This would not change for eighty five years; i.e., until 1968. (Rothstein, The Color of Law, VIII-IX).
RJC Monthly Feature
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As people of faith we believe that all people deserve equal treatment and respect. Therefore, in these turbulent times we need to learn how we arrived at this point in time; to reflect inwardly on our own prejudices and perhaps more importantly, to understand what we can do to bend the arc of the moral universe toward justice.
The first step when surprised by events or perspectives that may shake our view of society is to understand the journey that others have had to take; the situation from which they come and the pain that they feel.
In an attempt to help each of us more completely understand the current era in which we live, we have collected articles, movies, podcasts, videos and books that seek to provide both facts and perspective on the topic of racial justice and equality, historic economic and social facts and then perspectives from Blacks on how these facts have resulted in a system that places barriers inhibiting their personal initiative. To try and provide a perspective of the many issues that have led us to this point in time we have pulled together a series of videos, podcasts, articles and books that help provide insights around three broad questions or themes:
Theme 1 Do we understand what happened to the freed slaves after the Civil War and during the Jim Crow years and the road that Blacks have had to walk for the past 160 years?
Theme 2 Have there been barriers erected in our society that inhibit the initiative of Blacks?
Theme 3 Why does America seem to be unique in the world where race is the basis of prejudice?
We hope you will take some time each month to learn from the articles, presentations, podcasts, books and movies that we share. Additionally we will organize presentations on each theme.
Over the next one or two months we hope you will review some of the information below that provides more light on the history of the Black experience that we may be only slightly aware of. Do we understand what happened to the freed slaves after the Civil War and during the Jim Crow years and the road that Blacks have had to walk for the past 160 years?
We hope you will partake in some of the education items we’ve shared below to help answer questions such as:
- Where were the last Jim Crow laws eliminated in the US?
- Were Jim Crow laws limited to the South?
- What impact did Jim Crow laws have on education development and wealth accumulation of Blacks?
Articles, Presentations, Podcasts, Books, and Movies On April 14, 1967, Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke at Memorial Auditorium about racism and civil rights in American society.
On April 14, 1967, Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke at Memorial Auditorium about racism and civil rights in American society.
Virtual Social Justice Workshop
HEROS MLK Legacy
Five Breakout Groups RSVP required
Sunday, January 17 at 2 p.m.
Online Social Justice Speaker Series
Todd Maxman, New Trier Social Studies Faculty
Robin Steinberg, CEO of The Bail Project
Samuel Gordon, Congregation Sukkat Shalom
Mondays, January 25, February 1, and 8 at 7 p.m.
I Am Not Your Negro
The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow
Jim Crow of the North
The History of Jim Crow Laws