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2023 Film Series

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The Northern Illinois Conference Anti-Racism Task Force is pleased to present our 2023 Film Discussion Series.

Last year in our Speaker Series, we journeyed together to prayerfully learn, engage, and tackle our personal and corporate role in addressing racism. For the 2023 Film Discussion Series, we are focused on increasing cultural competency and dialogue as a means to increase advocacy and participation in the spaces around the contexts, causes, and impacts of racism.

Elimu haina mwisho

This Swahili proverb, meaning “education has no end,” is a reminder that we never reach the end of learning.  The goals of our 2022 Speaker Series were aimed at increasing our knowledge of cultural contexts while exploring the causes and impacts of racism and bias within these frameworks. Carrying these goals forward into the 2023 Film Series, we hope that you will continue to learn and seek a greater understanding of how we, as Christians, can address issues identified as obstacles in our efforts to dismantle bias, racism, and hatred.

By clicking on the 2022 Speaker Series Recordings and Resources button on this page, you will find a list of readings, films, and other media that will provide further access to information relevant to the issues and groups covered in our 2022 Speaker Series. In addition, we have added a new listing which emphasizes additional resources for the September presentation, “Undenied: No Longer Willing to be Unheard ,” featuring Rev. Chebon Kernell.  These sources will help you in sharing 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.

Elimu haina mwisho.”  Indeed, education has no end!

The new listings are:


First Quarter: Black History & Culture Presentation and Discussion

Docent-led tour of The Negro Motorist Green Book exhibit and a discussion at the Illinois Holocaust Museum.

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Second Quarter: Asian History & Culture Presentation and Discussion

Presentation by Dr. Wonhee Anne Joh, and panel discussion around Asian History and Culture.

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Third Quarter: Privilege, Power, and Race Presentation and Discussion

Presentation by director of The Long Shadow, Frances Causey, around privilge, power and race.

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Fourth Quarter: Latinx History & Culture Presentation and Discussion

Presentation by Rudolph Reyes II, and table discussions around Latinx History and Culture.

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Film Discussion Series Goals

Our 2023 goal is for a deeper growth and exploration of our commitment to reduce implicit bias and increase critical thinking about personal and systemic racism. We seek to do this by focusing on the challenges, issues and perspectives of four diverse cultures that experience racism in unique circumstances.  This year’s Film Series consists of participants viewing a documentary film or movie each quarter before the event, followed by a presentation and expert-led discussions. These discussions will emphasize Dr. Andrew Hart’s challenge from our 2022 Speaker Series—to witness “Igniting Activism for God’s Justice, Love, and Deliverance.”

2022 Speaker Series Recordings and Resources

The 2023 goals of the Film Discussion Series are:

  1. Increase cultural competency and dialogue as a means to increase advocacy and participation.
  2. Reduce implicit bias and increase critical thinking.
  3. Ignite activism for God’s justice, love, and deliverance.

And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
    and to walk humbly with your God.
                                           -Micah 6:8

2023 Anti-Racism Film Series Looking for Host Churches for Table Discussions.

To assist with the 2023 Film Series, the ARTF is looking for local churches in each district to host sessions for each of the second, third, and fourth-quarter events.  The host churches will receive a small stipend to purchase food for the location that is related to the theme of the quarter.   The events will include a time for fellowship over the meals, a panel discussion (streamed over Zoom) to review and comment on the film selected for the quarter and answer questions from the participants.  Additional time will be allowed for the local group to "go deeper" in exploring the topic. The event is planned to last from 6 to 8:30 pm on a weekday evening.  Interested churches may reach out toTim Alexander,, for more  details.

Click here to learn more and register as a Table Host

NIC Anti-Racism Task Force Series Committee Members:

  • Tim Alexander, Chair (Schaumburg: Our Saviors UMC)
  • Jenny Graham (Rockford: Aldersgate UMC)
  • Dr. Betty Hart, Northern GA Conference (Acworth, GA: Acworth UMC)
  • Rev. Toni Lucas (Albany UMC)
  • Consultant: Dr. Richard Guzman (Bolingbrook: Friendship UMC)
  • Project Manager: Amania Drane (Bolingbrook: Friendship UMC)

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. - James 1:22-25

Questions about the 2023 Film Series can be directed to Tim Alexander

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