RACIAL JUSTICE AT NORTHMINSTER
Following the tumultuous racial tensions in spring and summer of 2020, the Session of Northminster Presyberian Church in Evanston, Illinois formed the Racial Justice Task Force (RJTF) with the goal of our congregation learning and growing together to dismantle racism wherever we encounter it, in all of its forms.
Through activities designed to educate, evaluate, and activate, the RJTF encourages all members and friends of Northminster to join us in taking up the call for racial justice. Join us in the work to interrupt and dismantle white supremacy, and push back against racism. Join us as followers of Jesus Christ to create the Beloved Community, where all are loved for who they are and can live fully free.
Your sisters and brothers in Christ,
The Racial Justice Task Force: Kelly Brest Van Kempen, Jackie Eddy, Nancy Kim Phillips, Erica Mbangamoh, Bruce McBratney, David Rankin, and Nan Snowden
Staff: Michael Kirby and Ann Ohlrogge Johnson
Faith, Justice & Reparations Workshop Series
Members of Northminster’s Task Force collaborated with members from
the Unitarian Church of Evanston, Sherman United Methodist Church, Lake Street Church, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and Interfaith Action of Evanston to create a 3-Session Workshop Series on Reparations. If you weren’t able to attend the series, use this link to view the full Session Recordings.
In addition to the workshops, the group created a website with many relevant and important resources. Visit the Workshop Series Website and explore the Resources Pages by using this link.
To make a tax-deductible donation to current Evanston Reparations Funding:
North of Chicago: Shorefront Stories & Legacies
In the fall of 2021, Northminster was pleased to host North of Chicago: Shorefront Stories and Legacies, an exhibit from Shorefront Legacy Center, in our Tower Gallery space. Over 300 people viewed this exhibit! Watch a presentation by Shorefront’s Executive Director, Dino Robinson, and view a glance of the exhibition on YouTube. To support the work of Shorefront with a tax deductible gift, click here.
Explore all of the Lenten Anti-Racism Opportunities
The entire breadth of Northminster’s Lenten Anti-Racism
Opportunities are available in one place, organized by date, type of activity, and
topic. Every item has links to relevent information.
Browse, search, and learn at your own pace and when you
have time. Take a minute to watch another video. Or read. Or get involved.
All materials can be found here.
Northminster Racial Justice Task Force
Erica Mbangamoh, Co-Chair of the Racial Justice Task
This Lenten Journey has been powerful for me. The resources the Task Force has identified provides the empowering knowledge one needs to truly have the vocabulary and mindset to recognize and address racism. I found the Implicit Bias Assessments especially eye opening; they are allowing me to start addressing racism directly in ME.
One link that stands out for me was finding photos of a 4th grade class at
Foster School when I did a couple of clicks into Shorefront Center. I have lived in Evanston for a long time, so knew about the history of Foster School, but I had never seen a photo of the kids before Evanston’s integration plan changed their lives. It was a touching moment for me, as I thought about the loss of the school.
Nan Snowden, Co-Chair of the Racial Justice Task
The activities have been very interesting and informative. In particular, the video “Before You Call” brought tears to my eyes.
Again and again Northminster’s daily Lenten Journey leads me to read, watch, listen and reflect on stories that remind me of my white privilege, reawaken my awareness of systemic racism, and rekindle my outrage that injustice still pours down on persons of color in this country. Now I can hear the anger, feel the pain, and clearly see my part in it. I cannot turn away again. How then, shall I respond?
Northminster’s response to the killing of George Floyd
June 28, 2020 • By >Session & Pastors
Northminster’s response to the killing of George Floyd.