The St. John’s Justice Team is hosting a four-part education series October 11, 18, 25, and November 1 that touches on multiple forms of institutional racism, including housing and education. All are invited to join us from 11 am to 12 pm each Sunday morning on this Zoom link (Meeting ID: 706 849 468, Passcode: 903886). Through this series, we hope to learn more about how the North Shore has come to be so lacking in racial and economic diversity, how efforts to work against historical injustices have been received, and how we might work to create a more inclusive community.
Cindy Levine, President of the Wilmette League of Women Voters and Caroline Goldstein, the League’s Affordable Housing Committee Chair, will give us an overview of the current landscape of affordable housing in Wilmette and an update on the process of reinstating the Village’s Housing and Human Relations Commissions. We would love to have you join us!
Dino Robinson, Founder and Director of the Shorefront Legacy Center in Evanston, will offer a presentation on the subject of reparations and how the city of Evanston is actively involved in addressing this issue. Mr. Robinson will set aside time for questions and comments. This promises to be a most enlightening discussion about this timely topic.
Please join members of First Presbyterian Church and St. John's Lutheran Church of Wilmette for this four-week Zoom class, led by The Rev. Andrew Packman. Pastor Andrew, a PhD student at the University of Chicago Divinity School, is writing his dissertation on race and the gospel. The class will gather from 7:30 to 8:45 pm on four consecutive Thursday nights beginning on October 22 and running through November 12. Each class will include 45 minutes of presentation, 15 minutes of breakout conversations and 15 minutes of wrap-up time. The presentation in each session will be recorded and viewable later on YouTube.
This class is designed as a primer on race in American life. We’ll explore the history of race as an idea, identify the different forms racism has taken throughout American history, and reckon with the enduring racial legacy of Chicagoland’s housing market. As Americans, we’ll learn how to have more intelligent conversations about one of the most combustible and confusing issues in national life. And as Christians, we’ll learn to think theologically about the way that race continues to order our world, infusing its evil into even our most seemingly innocent choices.
Here is the Zoom link for the course. To call in, dial 312-626-6799 and then enter the Meeting ID (812 8568 4158) and Passcode (108310). We would love to have you join us!