ANTI-RACISM WORKING GROUP

Anti-Racism Training at SPR on January 12

We've rescheduled! Facilitated by the Antiracism Commission of the Diocese of Chicago, in partnership with Chicago ROAR, this workshop will explore the idea that racism is a systemic, institutional problem of power and creates the rationale for a structural intervention to dismantle it. By participating you will learn strategic methods for engaging in productive conversations about race and dismantling systemic racism in your institution. The workshop will take place on Saturday, Jan.12 from 8:30-4:00pm in the Sanctuary. Food and childcare will be provided. Youth are welcome to attend. Sign up below or in the Narthex. Contact antiracism@sprchicago.org for more information. 

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PAST PROGRAMS:

Screening of the movie THE MAYOR’S RACE | October 7

On Sunday, October 7, at 1 pm, SPR's Anti-Racism Working Group hosted a screening and discussion of the documentary, The Mayor's Race, as part of the (In)Justice for All Film Festival (injusticeforallff.com). Back for its 5th year, Trinity UCC and The Next Movement's (In)Justice for All Film Festival hosted engaging, life-changing feature films, shorts and music videos.

Facilitator Training: Pathway to Reconciliation | August 25

The Pathway to Reconciliation is a congregational study guide of the Legacy of Slavery Taskforce Report sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago’s Anti-Racism Commission.  Facilitators were trained in using the study guide to lead your congregation’s work to generate informative, meaningful, faithful and redemptive transformations on the Pathway to Reconciliation.

Lenten Small Groups | March 2018

A four week deeper dive into Drew G.I. Hart's book, Trouble I've Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism, using guides developed by members of the Anti-Racism Working Group. Parishioners engaged in meaningful-often challenging-conversations about how we can be the people and parish God calls us to be.

Becoming Beloved Community @ SPR | Jan-Feb 2018

SPR's Anti-Racism Working Group hosts a three part series to celebrate Dr King's vision and to shape our faith-driven commitment to racial justice utilizing the Episcopal Church's Becoming Beloved Community Vision Document as a guide.

Race and Church: A Reading Group | Feb 2017

Discussion of Drew G.I. Hart's excellent book, Trouble I've Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism at three Adult Formations

Black Lives Matter

St. Paul & the Redeemer stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. We believe police violence against people of color, though a complex issue, is anchored in the racism in which the U.S. has always been rooted. God is calling us, in this moment, to work against racism in all its forms, from overt hatred to the more insidious ways it corrupts cultural, political, and religious institutions. 

Past Events

  • Black Lives Matter Vigil (Dec 2014) After a grand jury did not indict Officer Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, the people of SPR gathered for an evening of song and prayer, and for black leaders in our parish to share their experiences of when their lives did not matter.

  • Our Stories (Feb 2015) In celebration of Black History Month, we collected many more stories from parishioners of all backgrounds on their experiences with race and racism. Read the collection.

  • Cracking the Codes (Jan 2016) Parishioners gathered to watch together the film Cracking the Codes and to participate in exercises to develop awareness of each of our own internalized racial superiority or inferiority.

  • Understanding Privilege (Apr–May 2016) This Adult Formation series included expert lectures and panels of presenters to unpack the meaning of privilege and how its invisible hand distorts our common life.

  • Black Lives Matter Reading Group (Aug 2016) This group read together and discussed Ta-Nehisi Coates's Between the World and Me.

  • Outing to Cook County Jail (Feb 2017) Kara Smith, chief policy officer for the Cook County Jail, led parishioners on a tour of the jail and highlighted reform efforts underway there.