Awareness & Learning Path begins Jan 31


The United Methodist Church recognizes that racism is a sin and is committed to challenging the unjust power structures that support it and to working for equality in all areas of life. The Anti-Racism Task Force of the Northern Illinois Conference has developed the  Awareness and Learning Path
to guide us as we continue the work that was started in the wake of the murder of George Floyd.

All are invited to join us on the last Sunday of each month, January-June, via ZOOM (11:30 am to 1:00 pm). Let us navigate the Awareness and Learning Path together as we continue the journey that will lead to transformation and action.

Sign up for the first session on January 31:

New Sunday School Series to begin Jan 31

An exciting new children’s Sunday school series is set to begin January 31 and continue on the last Sunday of each month through March. Using the Cokesbury Deep Blue Faith and Culture Curriculum on Anti-Racism, there will be 3 classes via ZOOM.

Prejudice & Stereotypes         January 31                  9:30-10:15 am
Curiosity & Empathy               February 28                9:30-10:15 am
Colors & Cultures                    March 28                    9:30-10:15 am

Contact Lisa Rogers for more information.


First Church is proud to be a Community Contributor to this important virtual forum.  Guest speaker, the Rev. Robert E. Buckner II, will be presenting the principles behind Dr. King’s nonviolence social change movement and vision of a beloved community. Dr. King’s great sacrifice and contributions were the driving force for establishing the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act.

Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 18
 join us as we explore these principles
and their relevance today.

Registration deadline is January 15. Sign up today:


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