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2022 Speaker Series

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The Northern Illinois Conference Anti-Racism Task Force and their partners, are pleased to announce our 2022 Speaker Series.

During this 4-part series that extends into December and includes a 6-week book study in the fall, we will journey together to prayerfully learn, engage, and tackle our personal and corporate role in addressing racism.

The goals of the Speaker Series include….

  1. Increasing cultural competency through dialogue about the contexts, causes, and impacts of racism
  2. Reducing implicit bias by exploring cultural frameworks
  3. Learning our Methodist racial history—both in our complicity but also in our notable efforts to dismantle racism.

We invite you to journey with us.

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Upcoming Events

Undenied: No Longer Willing to be Unheard

Thursday, September 22, 2022, 12:00 - 1:30 PM

Rev. Chebon Kernell shares insights and learning related to indigenous communities’ history, present work being done, and how we can be in solidarity as we prepare for the future.
In-person (Our Redeemer's in Schaumburg) and Online
Speaker: Rev. Chebon Kernell, UMC Native American Comprehensive
Moderator: Rev. Pamela Pirtle

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Called: Doing God's Work for the Beloved Community

Thursday, December 1, 2022, 12:00 - 1:30 PM

Dr. Hart addresses what the local church can do to combat the continuation of racism in the church and in society.
In-person and via Zoom
Speaker: Dr. Drew G.I. Hart

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Past Events:

Unsilenced: Our Stories, Our Voices

Thursday, March 24, 2022, 12:00-1:30 PM

Representatives from the Northern Illinois Conference and their neighboring Indiana Conference share stories about the impact that racism has had on them.
via Zoom
Speakers: Tim Alexander, Rev. Sandy Harlan, Dr. Betty Hart, & Rev. Dr. Michelle Oberwise Lacock

Zoom Recording

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Unafraid: Stand up for Social Justice

Thursday, June 23, 2022, 12:00 -1:30 PM

Representatives from different conferences discuss what the local church and their conferences are doing to address racism.
via Zoom
Speakers: Rev. Derrek Belase, Rev. David Lagos-Fonseca, Rev. Dana Neuhauser, Rev. Brian Tillman, & Rev. Kathy L. Williams
Moderator: Rev. Pamela Pirtle

Zoom Recording

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Speakers Series Partners:

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Anti-Racism Task Force of the Northern Illinois Conference
Church & Society  
General Commission on the Status and Role of Women
Great Plains United Methodist Conference
Indiana United Methodist Conference
Minnesota United Methodist Conference
Native American Comprehensive Plan
North Georgia United Methodist Conference
Our Saviour’s United Methodist Church

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