Why change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day?

Learn about the current movement to change the celebration of Columbus Day to a celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

Thank you to all who attended our conversation. We discussed this press release calling for the change.

Other suggested reading:
An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

This document will give you background and perspective from the American Indian Center.

Columbus and the Quest for Jerusalem: How Religion Drove the Voyages that Led to America by Carol Delaney

White Fragility Book Discussion

Thursday, August 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Join us to discuss the book White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo, The New York Times best-selling book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality. 

Reading this Atlantic Monthly article that gives a critique of the book will help us discuss what Black authors are saying about this book by a White author. 

Here is a link to the reading guide:  https://www.beacon.org/assets/pdfs/whitefragilityreadingguide.pdf
Here are the questions we will discuss.

Join us on Thursday, August 20 at 7:30 pm via Zoom:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82264014704  Meeting ID: 822 6401 4704
By phone: 312.626.6799 Meeting ID: 998 6450 0270# 

Wrestling with White Supremacy

Book Discussion Thursday, July 30 at 7:30 p.m.

In this New York Times bestseller, Ijeoma Oluo offers a hard hitting but user friendly examination of race in America. She offers a contemporary take on the racial landscape in America, addressing head-on such issues as privilege, police brutality, intersectionality, micro-aggressions, the Black Lives Matter movement and more.

All are welcome to join!
We will host this event through Zoom.
You can RSVP to rector@stjohnschicago.com to get the zoom link.

On August 30 we will further our discussion with White Fragility.

A reading list from St. John’s Episcopal Church

  • Waking up White: and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving
  • White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin Diangelo
  • Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson
  • Birth of A White Nation by Jacqueline Battalora
  • Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God by Kelly Brown Douglas
  • So you want to talk about race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
  • The 1619 Project published the New York Times

Vigil for George Floyd

RAIN UPDATE: Candles will be placed just inside the front doors of the church. Please light a candle and then step out.

If joining in person:

You must wear a mask and remain 6 feet apart from other attendees.

We invite you to light a candle and remain for 8 minutes and 46 seconds.

Please return home so that others may light candles.

You can continue your vigil with us facebook.com/stjohnschicago or Zoom Meeting ID: 827 5533 3446 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82755333446

This vigil in memory of George Floyd is sponsored by St. John’s Episcopal Church, the St. John’s Antiracism Team, and Friendship Presbyterian Church.

Mardi Gras

To purchase tickets in advance
Online: Pay through Zelle using treasurer@stjohnschicago.com.
Please put “Mardi Gras tickets” in the memo.
Or use the donate button on our website stjohnschicago.com.
In person: Purchase during Sunday coffee hour