Hyde Park Union Church has a long tradition of leadership and service in our community and on the south side of Chicago. We take seriously our commitment as Christians to follow Christ’s example in loving and serving others; ministering to the sick, the poor, and the vulnerable; and working for peace, justice, and mercy.
Anti-Racism Task Force
We are concerned Christians, outraged and distressed by racism in America, including
The Anti-Racism Task Force at Hyde Park Union Church was born out of a spiritual imperative to respond with meaningful action to not only the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May of 2020, but also to the rampant systemic racism that is present in our nation. It is a multiracial task force composed of congregants, lay leaders, and staff at Hyde Park Union Church, and works in close partnership with our Missions and Social Concerns Committee.
The Anti-Racism Task Force has begun to execute its goals, aligning and working in collaboration with church committees, to do so. To date (November 2020), these efforts include:
Created in collaboration with the Worship Committee, this four-part institutional survey will gather data from our congregation. The data in turn will be utilized to chart our way forward as a church, intentionally embracing anti-racism as foundational to our faith community.
Advocacy for the Pre-Trial Fairness Act
SECOND HOUR WITH SENATOR ROBERT PETERS
On Sunday, November 8th Senator Roberts joined us to to provide an overview of the Pretrial Fairness Act and to encourage and instruct us on how to support the bill. This event was coordinated by the efforts of the Anti-Racism Task Force and the Missions and Social Concerns Committee.
LETTER WRITING CAMPAIGN TO LEGISLATORS
Join our Anti-Racism Task Force and Missions and Social Concerns Committee in a letter writing campaign! Coalition member The People’s Lobby created this simple form that helps Illinois residents find their legislators and automatically sends the legislators a pre-written letter calling on them to pass the Pretrial Fairness Act. Additionally, utilize this social media toolkit of draft posts for various social media platforms along with images to help promote the letter-writing campaign.
Additional goals and initiatives will be announced in January 2021. Stay tuned!