Sunday, September 17
RESCHEDULED! Join us on Sunday, September 17 to learn about the fascinating history of the Bronzeville neighborhood with historian Shermann “Dilla” Thomas. The bus will pick us up at 11:30 a.m. from St. John’s and the two hour tour begins when we arrive in Bronzeville. Tickets are $45. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
In honor of his birthday on July 25
Parishioner Marvin Childress was a friend and classmate of Emmett Till. On Sunday, July 23 at 9 am Marvin honored Emmett’s memory by sharing his memoires of Emmett, growing up on the South Side of Chicago in the 1950s, and his reflection on life and racism in Chicago today. You can listen to the 45 minute talk, including questions with this YouTube link A Personal Tribute to Emmett Till by Marvin Childress.
A reading list
Recommended reading and resources for parish study groups and book clubs from the Peace & Justice Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago
The Red Nation: Indigenous Action to Save Our Earth (2021)
Notable Native People: 50 Indigenous leaders, Dreamers and Changemakers from the Past and Present by Adrienne Keene (2021)
Decolonizing Wealth: Indigenous Wisdom to Heal Divides and Restore Balance (2nd edition) by Edgar Villanueva (2021)
Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer 2013 (Study Guide available)
An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (2014)
The Four Vision Quests of Jesus by Steven Charleston (2015)
Neither Wolf Nor Dog: On Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder by Kent Nerburn
The Night Watchman a novel by Louise Erdrich (2020)
Seeing Red: Indigenous Land, American Expansion, and the Political Economy of Plunder North America by Micahel Johnson Witgen
Videos available from “Indigenous Ministries” on The Episcopal Church website: 1. “Native Voices: Speaking to the Church and the World” (37 min.) 2.“Doctrine of Discovery” (14 min.) 3. “Native Voices: A Response to the Episcopal Church’s History with Indian Boarding Schools” (1 hr. 33 min.)
Article from Sojourners: “Will Christians atone for church boarding schools?”
Bexley-Seabury Course by Mary Crist:
St. John’s Antiracism Mission
As members of St. John’s Episcopal Church, we work to identify, disrupt, and dismantle racism within our church and our community.
More about our work
Saturday, May 14 between 11 am and 4 pm
Join us in the garden (rain location: Parish Hall)
Visit St. John’s during the 2022 Open House Celebration of World Fair Trade Day with Chicago Fair Trade on Sat. May 14 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Jerome McDonnel, former host of Worldview on National Public Radio and fair trade supporter, will be doing a bike ride to 3 of these fair trade stops on the north side of Chicago – one of them being St. John’s!
St. John’s open house stop will feature
– Indigenous Columbian art from Tulia’s Artisan Gallery
– Land Acknowledgment (2:15 pm)
– Conversation between Jerome McDonnel and Karen Torres, CEO of Tulia’s Gallery (2:30 pm)
– Clothing Swap – bring an item – take an item
– Fair Trade Trivia Prize Wheel
– Eco Tours of our campus
– Fair trade coffee and tea
More about Open House Chicago around Chicago and suburbs…
Each May, World Fair Trade Day is celebrated by tens of thousands of people in dozens of countries. For fifteen years, Chicago Fair Trade has organized the largest World Fair Trade Day in the U.S.
On Saturday, May 14, Chicago Fair Trade’s member businesses, organizations and allies are hosting multiple events throughout the city to showcase how they support economic and environmental justice. As an attendee you will receive a virtual passport to use when checking in at different sites and if you check in at three or more, you’ll be entered to win a fair trade raffle (over $200 in value!). Proposed itineraries will be neighborhood-based for easy access and an interactive map listing all participating locales will be available on our website.
Here is a sneak peak of some of the day’s activities:
- Kick-off event hosted by Jerome McDonnell at Metropolis Cafe in Avondale
- A fair trade sample sale at Sobremesa’s warehouse in West Garfield Park
- Fair trade cocktails and tours at local indie designer Production Mode in Pilsen
- Studio tours and weaving demos at the Weaving Mill in Humboldt Park
- Shopping, shopping and more shopping at the Andersonville Galleria, Union Handmade, Embellish, and Eco & the Flamingo
- Suburban locations include Glen Ellyn, Oak Park, and Evanston
Join our growing network of conscious consumers and show your commitment to building a better, more just and equitable world. We hope you are able to join us on this celebratory day!
Thank you for attending our event held on Tuesday November 9th, titled “Critical Race Theory: How it Affects Me and Why it Matters. A conversation with three educators”.
We are tremendously grateful to our panelists for sharing their expertise, passion, and experiences. They exceeded our expectations and provided us all a truly educational and enlightening 90 minutes. We have compiled a list of resources provided from the panelists and moderator to deepen our understanding of the topic Critical Race Theory. Those resources are listed below and can also easily be accessed on our webpage: St. John’s Anti-racism Resource .
Thank you to our co-sponsors for their collaboration and commitment to learning.
–The St. John’s Antiracism Team
The Rev. Kara Wagner Sherer, Rector email@example.com
Resources for further reading and discovery
Recommendations from Blanche B. Cook:
CAUGHT: Calculating the Moves of Power in our Midst, A TEDx talk at Wayne State University
Critical Race Theory: An Introduction, Second Edition by: Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic (2012)
Forward: The Jurisprudence of Reconstruction (California Law Review, Vol 82, No. 4 July 1994), by Angela Harris
Looking to the Bottom: Critical Legal Studies and Reparations, by Mari J. Matsuda
Handbook of Critical Race Theory in Education, by Marvin Lynn and Adrienne D. Dixson (2021)Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence Against Women of Color, by Kimberle Crenshaw
Recommendations from Kyle Westbrook:
Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own, by Eddie S. Glaude Jr. (2020)
No Name in the Street, by James Baldwin
The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, by Richard Rothstein
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander
A Nation by Design: Immigration Policy in the Fashioning of America, by Aristide Zolberg
Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow, by Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Black Reconstruction in America 1860-1880, by W.E.B. Du Bois
Making the Second Ghetto: Race and Housing in Chicago 1940-1960, by Arnold R. Hirsch
A Political Education: Black Politics and Education Reform in Chicago Since the 1960s, by Elizabeth Todd-Breland
Recommendations from Heather Yutzy:
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, by Robin DiAngelo (2018)
Caste, by Isabel Wilkerson (2020)
You Are Your Best Thing: Vulnerability, Shame Resilience, and the Black Experience, by Tarana Burke and Brene Brown (2021)
The Cross and the Lynching Tree, by James H. Cone (2011)
Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation, by Kristin Kobes Du Mez (2020)
Code Switch Podcast From NPR
Recommendations from Duncan Moore:
The Warmth of Other Suns, by Isabel Wilkerson (2010)
Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates (2015)
How to Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi (2019)
Recommendations from St. John’s members
An article from the New Republic about the November 2021 Virginia governor race
From the New Yorker The Void that Critical Race Theory was Created to Fill
From the New Yorker podcast The New Culture Wars over American History
An article about the slave auction controversy in Traverse City, Michigan
An article about the founder of Critical Race Theory, Derrick Bell
An article about how CRT became weaponized as a public issue
From The Episcopal Church Office of Racial Reconciliation
Let’s Talk CRT: Christian Race Theory By Stephanie Spellers
From the Chicago Public Library:
A reading list from Ibram X. Kendi from the Chicago Public Library
From the St. John’s Antiracism Team:
A video on why we do antiracism work: Can I get a Witness?
Our Antiracism Team Page: https://www.stjohnschicago.com/?page_id=5268
A reading list of books by African-American writers: Reading to End Racism
A reading list of books on white supremacy: Wrestling with White Supremacy
A reading list of books by Hispanic and Latinx authors: Latinx Book Group
A Conversation with three educators
Tuesday, November 9, 2021 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
St. John’s Episcopal Church at 3857 N. Kostner Ave. Chicago, IL 60641 and on-line
Chicago Episcopal churches sponsor an event to educate members and the community to gain a general understanding of Critical Race Theory, explore why is it important to know about CRT, and how CRT affects our daily lives, especially in Chicago. Three educators will speak from their expertise and experience, with moderated questions from the audience. The featured speakers are Dr. Blanche Cook, JD, Associate Professor at the University of Kentucky Rosenberg College of Law; Dr. Kyle P. Westbrook, Executive Director of Partnership for College Completion; and Ms. Heather Yutzy, Principal of Haugen Elementary in Chicago.
About Dr. Blanche B. Cook
Dr. Cook is an Associate Professor at the University of Kentucky Rosenberg College of Law. She teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Race and the Law, Critical Race Theory, Critical Race Feminism, and a seminar on Sex Trafficking. She earned her bachelor of arts degree from Vassar College and her law degree at the University of Michigan. Before joining the Rosenberg College of Law, she served as an Assistant United States Attorney with the United States Department of Justice, where she specialized in large-scale drug and sex-trafficking prosecutions. Professor Cook has established herself as a leading expert on sex trafficking by problematizing the entire spectrum of sex-trafficking prosecutions and the commercialization and exploitation of vulnerable flesh. She is actively involved in shaping the emerging nationwide discourse on sex trafficking.
About Dr. Kyle P. Westbrook
Dr. Westbrook is the founding executive director of Partnership for College Completion, a nonprofit that champions policies and practices focused on equity in higher education. Previously he was the Executive Director of Educational Policy under Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the Executive Director of Magnet, Gifted, and IB Programs for Chicago Public Schools, Director of Secondary School Support for the University of Chicago, and a high school teacher for twelve years in Chicago. Dr. Westbrook received his Bachelor of Science and masters of science in Education from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and his Ph. D in Educational Policy Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
About Ms. Heather Yutzy
Heather Yutzy is the principal of Haugan Elementary School in Albany Park. Although new at Haugan, she has 20 years of experience as a school principal and assistant principal. She is passionate about helping students and teachers to thrive, both academically and socially. Ms. Yutzy believes that the school and parents are most powerful when we work together as partners. Ms. Yutzy holds a B.A. degree in Elementary Education, and M.A. in Educational Administration and she worked as a teacher in CPS for nine years before becoming an administrator. She has now been an educational leader for 23 years. She has worked as an instructional coach and consultant, and as an assistant principal and principal at several schools. Heather considers one of her key accomplishments as principal to be when her school twice achieved exemplary honors for social emotional learning.
This program is sponsored by four Chicago Episcopal Churches