2) Child and Youth Group Antiracism Education

Interfaith prayer service after the Mother Emmanuel shooting, June 2015

We are working to develop and obtain more antiracism education resources for our child and youth group education.

Another opportunity is to attend “How Do We Talk To Our Children About Race” Virtual training sponsored by All Saints Episcopal Church – Fall dates to be determined.

To help out with this gathering education resources or for more information on the virtual training, please contact Courtney Hug at corriehug@gmail.com .

3) Collaborate with neighborhood community groups such as the Northwest Coalition Against Racism and Hate

Members of St. John’s participated in the Faith Walk for #blacklivesmatter

Follow online and support organizations such as the Northside Coalition Against Racism & Hate, Portage Park For Action, Respect and Community (PPARC) and  Neighbors for Affordable Housing.

Upcoming event Juneteenth Car Caravan on Friday June 19th 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. around the Jefferson Park neighborhood. Sponsored by the Northwest Coalition Against Racism & Hate. Follow on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/nwsidecoalition/ for exact location details.

Courtney Hug and Erica Zazo are St. John’s liaisons this year to the Northwest Coalition Against Racism And Hate. Please contact Courtney or Erica for more info at corriehug@gmail.com or erica.zazo@gmail.com.

4) Organize and Promote the St. John’s Antiracism Library

4) Organize and Promote St. John’s Antiracism Library

We have two antiracism reading lists on our website:

Reading to End Racism – https://www.stjohnschicago.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Reading-to-End-Racism-Publication-FINAL.pdf

Wrestling With White Supremacy – https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:47a7ac64-c173-4a72-82ff-39170001e6fb#pageNum=1

We have some of these recommended books in the St. John’s library. We are looking for volunteers to set up and manage a borrowing system for the antiracism books and perhaps set up a curbside pick up program. To volunteer for this project, please contact Laura Singer at laura.t.singer@gmail.com

Another Source for books – All Saints Episcopal Church has moved their Free Antiracism Little Library to 3856 W Eddy St Chicago, IL 60618, Front Porch, Corner of Springfield and Eddy (near Addison and Pulaski)

5) Prepare to Join the 2021 Congregational Antiracism Model Project

St. John’s members attending a CROAR training

In 2020, initial team members were commissioned in February and have been meeting monthly to work on this 7 step pilot project with the Diocesan Antiracism Commission and CROAR trainers. We have taken steps to institutionalize antiracism work at St. John’s to make sure this doesn’t go away with time. As part of Step 3, we will be presenting a vision, mission, mandate and charter/by-laws document to the vestry in June to strengthen the structure to support antiracism work and create systemic change at St. John’s.

To get involved with the 2021 Congregational Antiracism Model Project, complete a recommended antiracism training in 2020 to be ready to begin work in January 2021. For more info on the Congregational Antiracism Model contact Laura Singer at laura.t.singer@gmail.com 

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.

Land Acknowledgement

The plaque has been installed!

We will have a dedication and day of learning whenever we can safely gather. We hope this is the beginning of meaningful relationships with our Native neighbors, a continued commitment to care for the earth, and symbol of our anti-racism work. In an irony of history this land was “free,” given by Sheriff John Gray in 1887. The cost of building the church in 1888 was $1,963.00; the plaque cost $1900. It was cast by by the Bronze Memorial Company and installed by Lopez Concrete. Expertise and wording donated by Dr. Dorene Wiese, president of the American Indian Association of Illinois. Please stop by and read about our history in your next walk around the neighborhood.

Latinx Book Group

This group met from September 2019 – June 2020 and is now on summer break. Please email the Parish Office if you are interested in joining when the group reconvenes.

So far we have read these books:

My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomajor
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez
Native Country of the Heart by Cherríe Moraga
Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education edited by Jennifer De Leon
When I was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda Santiago

St. John’s honored with a grant

Reading to End Racism at St. John’s Chicago

Two years ago, members of St. John’s, Chicago, began a book group dedicated to reading what its participants called “the essential texts of the African American experience in America.” The book group served as a catalyst for the congregation’s antiracism efforts, which have now been recognized with a Becoming Beloved Community grant from the Episcopal Church. St. John’s will collaborate with All Saints, Chicago, which has also received a grant.
The St. John’s reading group has published its booklist with an introduction that reads, in part, “We offer our book group as a model for other majority-white congregations that want to move toward racial reconciliation but don’t know how or where to begin.”

Download the Reading to End Racism booklist.

Antiracism Team

The Antiracism Team was established in January 2018 and meets monthly. Our Antiracism Action Plan was presented to and accepted by our vestry (leadership council) on June 20, 2018. We worked on our 2019 Antiracism Plan and are continuing our work in 2020. The team began with an African-American Literature Book Group. A list of the books we read over two years can be downloaded here: Reading to End Racism. Our list of books about white supremacy and white privilege is here: Wrestling with White Supremacy. Currently we have a Latinx Book Group and that reading list is on this page of our website.

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