The Anti-Racism task force has been holding book and movie discussions and a variety of presentations as we support each other on our spiritual journey of working for justice.  Together we’re confronting our innate biases and learning more about the history of the United States that was founded on the near genocide of one group of people and then the enslavement of another.

Here are some of the topics and events that we’ve been engaged in:

Discussion of the Documentary 13th

(click on image to watch the documentary, presentation link is below)

On October 5th, New Trier’s Social Studies teacher and Historian, Todd Maxman, discussed Ava Durvernay’s award winning documentary, “13th.”

A must-see film if one is to understand how and why mass incarceration is one of the central components of systemic racism in America.

Todd was born and raised in Evanston and graduated ETHS in 1986. Therefore, he was able to give us a curated account of Evanston’s history that was both factual and personal. He brought us specific ways in which to fully en- gage in difficult conversations concerning race and related topics. Todd ensures that his students are seen and heard, regardless of how they identify. Click to watch the recording of the presentation and discussion.

Feeding Our Faith (Sunday Morning Adult Discussion)

October 10 & 17, 2021 – Dr. James Cone on The Cross and the Lynching Tree via Bill Moyers Journal (2006)

October 24, 2021 – Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III | Sermon: The Cross and the Lynching Tree: A Requiem for Ahmaud Arbery

January 16, 2022 – Austin Channing Brown TheoEd talk: The Double Sided Pursuit of Racial Justice

We are Still Here: Native Peoples in the United States

A two part presentation led by Dr. Stephanie Perdew covered significant moments in history for tribal people and nations in the United States; current native concerns and challenges; and the question of what non-Native people can do to learn about, advocate for, and ally with Native communities.  October 14 & 28, 2021. See flyer

Other Resources to go deeper:

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Rooting out Racism

This 10-day, pray-at-your-own-pace online retreat is made up of daily streaming audio reflections and prayer prompts that invite white people to search their souls, understand how we got here, and prayerfully consider how we find our way forward.

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