Hopeful Action
Against Racism and Discrimination

The positive outcome of open, honest dialogue and continued investigation within our ad hoc Hopeful Action group here at First Church  is the formation of a new Committee — HAARD.  Our goal is to live out the conviction that racism is incompatible with Christian teaching. Objectives will be to increase awareness of the discrimination of BIPOC (Black, indigenous, people of color), LGBTQIA+, and other marginalized people within our Elmhurst community as well as throughout our state, country, and world. This dialogue is meant to, and has, spurred action to investigate or provide education through and in the following areas:

  • Racism Awareness Training
  • School Equity in Elmhurst School District 205
  • Availability of Mental Health Services in our Community
  • Diversity of Business Owners in Elmhurst
  • Elmhurst Policing Policies

Pastor Joe’s August Sermon Series addressed hard topics that members of the United Methodist Church — and all Christians — are needing to address.  

 HAARD will continue to  identify and share new resources with the congregation.  For instance, The Antiracism Task Force of the NIC/UMC has compiled a recommended reading list on Race & Racism.  Please click on the following link to access this excellent list: Northern Illinois Conference Resources  additional resources can be found here: HAARD Anti-Racism Resources

Join HAARD.  Just Contact Us


Racism & White Christianity

To bring visibility to the UMC’s Stand Against Racism, Pastor Joe has ordered yard signs for members of First Church to place in their yards.  If you would like a yard sign, please contact the church office.


All are welcome to join First Church for the following events:


WHAT:  PRIDE Parking Lot Party
WHEN:  This SATURDAY, June 13,10:00 am-2:00 pm 
WHY:  Come show your support for the LGBTQIA+ community and decorate a Parking Spot with CHALK.
WHERE:  First Church  North Parking Lot . 
We will provide the chalk and assign spaces as people arrive.  
The spaces will allow for social distancing.
All participants — please wear masks when unable to stay at least six feet from non-family members. 
Wear your PRIDE gear if you have any!
Feel free to bring signs showing your support for our LGBTQIA+ community. 


WHAT:  LOVE IS RESILIENT ~ Virtual Watch Party
WHEN:  Thursday, June 18, 7-8:30 pm
Join fellow church members in a Zoom virtual watch party of the Love is Resilient worship service created by the Reconciling Ministries Network. We will watch the service and have a brief discussion after. 


WHAT:  Movie Discussion ~ Pride
WHEN:  Thursday, June 25, 7:00 pm
First Church will host a discussion of the movie Pride.  It is about U.K. gay activists who work to help miners during their lengthy strike of the National Union of Mine Workers in the summer of 1984.  The running time is 1 h 59 m.  It is included with Amazon Prime.  Please watch the movie prior to discussion.

For more local PRIDE Events go to  https://www.elmhurstpridecollective.com/

LOVE LIVES HERE: Vigil of Affirmation & Support for LGBTQ Community


A Fun-Filled Event to Celebrate the Beginning of Pride Month. Bubbles & Balloons for Kids.  Glowsticks for Everyone!

Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising & Celebrate the Beginning of the Gay Rights Liberation Movement

When:  7:30-8:30 pm, Thursday Evening, June 6

Where:  Wilder Park — East steps of Wilder Mansion


Featuring:  Jim Bennett, Director, Illinois Department of Human Rights; Cathy Richardson, Rock Goddess; Rev. Joseph A. Johnson, Pastor, First United Methodist Church of Elmhurst;  Reflections from the Community;  Music & singing to lift our spirits and unite us in solidarity.