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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 present our 2022 Speaker Series.

During this 4-part series, we  journeyed 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.

Watch the Event Recordings

Learn about the 2023 Film Series

Called: Doing God's Work for the Beloved Community

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

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

Zoom Recording   More Information

Undenied: No Longer Willing to be Unheard

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

Rev. Chebon Kernell shared 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: Dr. Richard R. Guzman

Livestream Recording  More Information

Unafraid: Stand up for Social Justice

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

Representatives from different conferences discussed 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      More Information

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 shared 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  More Information

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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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