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, Ian Ross, Nan Snowden, Amber Yancey-Carroll
Staff: Michael Kirby, Jessica Gregory, Ann Ohlrogge Johnson
North of Chicago: Shorefront Stories & Legacies
Thank you for supporting Shorefront’s Executive Director, Dino
Robinson. You may watch his presentation and a glance of the exhibition
The Shorefront exhibit will be in place through November 21st
with several public opportunities for viewing.
Regular Exhibition Open Hours will take place on Sundays from 1-3 p.m.
beginning October 3rd through November 21st. No reservations needed.
A Community Open House will take place on Thursday November 4th from 7-8:30 p.m.
Dino Robinson will make a brief presentation and be available for questions during the exhibition
viewing time. Reservations may be required — inquire at the church office.
Groups may schedule a viewing of the exhibition outside these days and times by
calling (847) 869-9210 and inquiring about availability.
Please take this 20-minute
Congregational Survey on Racial Justice at Northminster.
The Racial Justice Task Force is asking all members
and regular visitors of Northminster to participate in
As a congregation, we must understand what we believe,
what we know, and what we need to learn to ensure we are able to recognize
and dismantle racism in all its forms, wherever we encounter it.
Help us to better understand
the lived experiences and needs of the congregation with respect to Racial
Justice, so we can set clear, actionable goals and work toward a world
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.
I’ve really been enjoying the daily opportunity to engage with this content
and give thought to issues around race. The system certainly has not been set
up in a fair way and this gives fresh perspectives around what should be
“done.” I’m an action-oriented person. Perhaps it is a reflection of my
whiteness to use my power to do something, but it feels better to do
something beyond reflecting.
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?
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