This past tragic weekend has underlined our collective responsibility to fight racism and bigotry in our communities and our country. This coming weekend, First United Methodist Church of Elmhurst is hosting an event that has become particularly relevant for our times.
“Congregations in Northern Illinois are invited to participate in an important growth and training opportunity, Skin in the Game: Equipping Congregations to Challenge Racism. This half-day workshop on August 19 will provide practical guidance and resources for clergy, lay leaders and Christian Educators to address one of the most troublesome issues in our churches. The guest speaker will be Rev. Dr. Felicia LaBoy who has 14 years of urban and multicultural pastoral ministry as someone who moves from the “seminary to the street, from the pulpit to the pavement.”
The Skin in the Game workshop will be held at First UMC Elmhurst on Saturday, August 19th, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Registration fee of $10 is requested to cover expenses. A light breakfast will be available.
Advanced registration is not required, but is requested through the United Voices for Children website.
Skin in the Game is cosponsored by United Voices for Children, the Northern Illinois Chapter or Christians Engaged in Faith Formation and the Northern Illinois Annual Conference.
We are getting frequent inquiries about Grace Café, an Elmhurst ecumenical program providing free meals on scheduled Mondays at churches throughout the area.
The schedule has not been published yet. The first meal will be held on September 11th at a location to be determined.
Please keep an eye out here, at your churches and local newspapers for detailed schedule information.
The Social Justice Committee of First UMC is offering an adult class on Sunday mornings using the resource White Privilege: Let’s Talk—A Resource for Transformational Dialogue , which is an adult curriculum from the United Church of Christ that’s designed to invite church members to engage in safe, meaningful, substantive, and bold conversations on race.
The series continues at 10:45am on the following Sundays: July 9, July 23, August 6, August 27. It is not necessary to have attended the previous sessions in order to participate in the class. Child care will be available upon advance request to the church office.
Illinois Trust Act Petition– A petition was circulated on May 14 and signed by 36 people at FUMC which advocated passage of the Illinois Trust Act (SB31 and HB 3099) and was delivered to the office of the local legislator. “The bill seeks to protect and build trust between law enforcement agencies and immigrant communities by limiting local police involvement in federal immigration enforcement.” The Bill passed in the Illinois legislature.
Future church social justice plans include the investigation of ways to support other churches in the conference who are involved in direct service to undocumented people in their congregation. The committee also will encourage First Church members to attend the October 22 fundraising event for Justice for Our Neighbors, a Northern Illinois Conference ministry that responds to complicated immigration regulations by providing services to the community and a forum for advocacy.
Beginning Memorial Day weekend, Sunday, May 28, we will be holding summer worship at 9:30am. There is no Sunday school during the summer. We look forward to seeing our members, guests and visitors throughout the summer.