Curating a Christ-based conversation on race

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Living with–and learning from–one another.

Racial Reconciliation

My dear brothers and sisters, how can you claim to have faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ if you favor some people over others?
– James 2:1 NLT

In 2020, the First Pres Restore & Reconcile team was put in place as the church intentionally works to see “all nations” as the Lord sees them. As apprentices of Jesus, our goal is to listen, learn, and share the love of Jesus in our racially divided world.

The goal of the effort is to begin to curate a Christian conversation on race within our congregation focused in three areas: 1) awareness and education; 2) discussion and dialogue; and, 3) action and engagement.

Juneteenth from a Christian Point of View

Special Presentation—The McLeod Plantation Story

Story by story. Experience by experience. Let’s build our understanding together.
Each of us has a unique cultural history. To come together we must first understand where we have been. The McLeod Plantation provides one such cultural history for the enslaved African-Americans in South Carolina in the early 1800s. Join us for an inside look at the culturally and historically significant McLeod Plantation as told by plantation docent Toby Smith. Review the recommended reading by the Interpretive Staff of McLeod Plantation Historical Site. Hosted by the First Pres Racial Reconciliation Team.

Watch Part One:

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May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus.

– Romans 15:5 NLT

First Pres Racial Reconciliation Team

In response to issues of racial injustice, First Pres has created a Racial Reconciliation Team under the Discipleship Ministry Team of the Session:

Co-leads: Wendy Donaghue and Sally Kooser 
Members: Kevin Radzinski, Nancy Nicholas, Jackie Kareb, Terry McIntyre, Heidi Miller, Matthew Reichert, June Oliver, and Pastor Paul


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Wendy Donaghue shares this information. Her company, NFP in Chicago, is looking for an office administrator:  Careers at NFP | Office Administrator.

Questions, contact Wendy Donaghue.

Lydia Home has a number of openings!

The Case Aid position requires the applicant to be 21 or older with a driver’s license. Other positions require a bachelor’s or a master’s degree.

For more information and to apply go to

Questions, contact Jon Ebersole, Director of Programs at Lydia Home.

Circle Urban Ministries recently received a grant that allows them to renovate their pantry to accommodate more food so they will be distributing food TWICE A WEEK:

Wednesdays 9-11am
Thursdays 1-3 pm

Can you help? Contact Kim Molenda, Director of Programs & Outreach, and see their flyer for more information.

The Village, in conjunction with the Township, has put together a volunteer care corp to assist River Forest seniors with non-contact needs such as grocery shopping, prescription pickup, or a “check in” phone call. See their flyer for more information.