Recognizing that differences are a source of vitality, strength, and growth for a congregation, the mission of the Multicultural Committee is to increase the multicultural inclusivity of Fourth Presbyterian Church.

This committee seeks to further a culture of inclusion through intentional, ongoing planning and leadership. By building relationships at both interpersonal and intergroup levels and by generating initiatives that recognize and celebrate the gifts of a diverse membership, we hope that people of many racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds feel a sense of welcome and belonging.

Mass Incarceration: A Book Discussion Series

The disproportionately high rates of imprisonment among young, African American men has profoundly devastating effects on individuals, families, communities, and society.

Come join the Multicultural Committee in delving into this issue of mass incarceration, as we explore what it means and what we might do about it.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015
5:30 –7:00 p.m.
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
by Michelle Alexander

Claudia Boatright, discussion facilitator

We'll discuss The New Jim Crow, which presents an overview of mass incarceration that “directly challenges the notion that the election of Barack Obama signals a new era of colorblindness.”

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

5:30 –7:00 p.m.
Ministry with Prisoners and Families: The Way Forward
by W. Wilson Goode Sr.; Charles E. Lewis Jr. and Harold Dean Trulear, editors

Shannon Kershner, discussion facilitator

Shannon Kershner will lead us in conversation about Ministry with Prisoners and Families as we explore ways that the faith community can provide a holistic response to all who are affected by mass incarceration.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015
5:30 –7:00 p.m.
Life without Parole: Living and Dying in Prison Today
by Victor Hassine

Claudia Boatright, discussion facilitator

We’ll talk about Life without Parole, a memoir including fiction and nonfiction writings that chronicle author Victor Hassine’s journey in prison, as well as two essays by others that complement his perceptions.


Photos of Some of the Events Planned by the Multicultural Committee

MLK Service Projects 2013 | January 19, 2013

Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend Service Projects 2012 | January 14, 2012

For more information about multiculturalism at Fourth Church, contact Vicky Curtiss, Associate Pastor for Mission, (312.981.3598) or Joyce Shin, Associate Pastor for Congregational Life (312.274.3835).