Racial Equity at Fourth Church

Racial Equity Council at Fourth Presbyterian Church

Complimentary Special Screening of the Movie Till

All are welcome to a complimentary special screening of the movie “Till.”

"Till is a profoundly emotional and cinematic film about the true story of Mamie Till Mobley's relentless pursuit of justice for her 14 year old son, Emmett Till, who, in 1955, was lynched while visiting his cousins in Mississippi. In Mamie's poignant journey of grief turned to action, we see the universal power of a mother's ability to change the world." -United Artists Releasing

Cinema Chatham Theater, 210 W 87th St
Saturday, December 3, Showtime: 1:30 p.m.

The movie will be followed by a discussion at the theater led by Rev. Dr. Waltrina Middleton, Executive Director, Community Renewal Society.

Complimentary round trip bus transportation will be provided from Fourth Church (Delaware Street entrance) departing 12:30 p.m.
This event is free, but seating is limited. Reservations required.

Register here.

Hosted by the Racial Equity Council of Fourth Presbyterian Church.

Fourth Presbyterian Church is committed to breaking down barriers and becoming a more racially inclusive community. One of our five strategic directives is “Embrace Racial Equity: Fourth Church will purposely include all people, striving for radical hospitality and modeling an antiracist approach in all areas.”

Our Racial Equity Council serves as a catalyst in this intentional pursuit of racial equity. As part of their work, the council facilitates training opportunities and plans insight trips.

We invite you to subscribe to our Racial Equity Council newsletter to receive periodic email updates from the council as we all work together to become a more multiculturally inclusive, antiracist church!

Racial Equity Council at Fourth Presbyterian Church

The Racial Equity Council: Samantha Boro; Esmeraldino Celestino; Linda Crane; Nedra Sims Fears; Lisa Garay; Jenny Giblin; Michelle Hayes; Anthony Hipp; Cynthia Johnson; Jerry Johnson; Cynthia Joho; Janet Love; Maggie McGuire; Justin Myers; Melanie Oh Pierce; Deb Ramsey; Kent Stevens; Marcus Mason-Vivit; with council staff liasons Robert Crouch and Nanette Sawyer

Racial Equity Council Statement on Juneteenth

To read a brief statement from the Racial Equity Council on the commemoration and celebration of Juneteenth, click here.

Insight Trip on the Civil Rights Movement 2019

October 26–November 2, 2019
Read about the trip in this report written by participants

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“The Ascension” by Gerald Griffin

A church’s artwork reflects who we value and honor, what history we want to lift up, and what vision and identity we are claiming for who God calls us to be.

For the thousands of congregants, guests, and visitors who enter our space on
North Michigan Avenue, it is important for Fourth Church to give clear public witness that people of all races are made in the image of God and celebrated in
God’s multicultural, multiracial Beloved Community.

The Fourth Church Racial Equity Council commissioned the painting “The Ascension” by Gerald Griffin to proclaim our vision to be a church family in whom persons of color are valued and fully engaged, whose gifts and leadership strongly shape our ministry.

That painting hangs in the Gignilliat Commons and was dedicated on September 22, 2019.

Learn more about the painting “The Ascension,” its inspiration, and its creation, here.

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May 2020 Letter to the Congregation

“The murder of George Floyd is just the latest act of violence against an unarmed black person. His name is just the latest name to add to an always growing list. And our black siblings in Christ are weary and angry. I am weary and angry. This is not who God has created us to be towards each other. Black lives do matter—they matter to God and they sure need to matter more to us as an institution, a part of the body of Christ. They need to matter more to us as a society, all of us, children of God.

“‘I am dark and lovely,’ our scripture claims. And we claim it, too.”

—Shannon Kershner | Read the full letter here

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For More about the Racial Equity Council

Contact Nanette Sawyer or Robert Crouch

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