Racial Equity at Fourth Church

Racial Equity Council at Fourth Presbyterian Church

Fourth Presbyterian Church is committed to breaking down barriers and becoming a more racially inclusive community. 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.

Introduction to Racism: Two-Day Workshop
Insight Trip on the Civil Rights Movement

Introduction to Racism: Two-Day Workshop

Monday, February 18 and Tuesday, February 19
8:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
McCormick Theological Seminary, Common Room (5460 S. University)

Register online here by Monday, February 11

  • Registration closes once the maximum of 45 registrants is reached.
  • You must select “PARKING” when you register to receive free parking

Free. The cost of the training is fully sponsored by the Presbytery of Chicago.
We will serve continental breakfast, lunch, and snacks each day.

Free. Parking for participants is sponsored by Seminary Relations and Development (SRD), McCormick Seminary

Email Barbara Wilson at the Presbytery of Chicago

This workshop will be led by Chicago Regional Organizing for AntiRacism (CROAR)

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Insight Trip on the Civil Rights Movement

October 26–November 2, 2019

To apply, please click here.

Journey through the Deep South and learn the history of the civil rights movement. Bond with other participants and ancestors of faith by hearing powerful stories of the freedom struggle for African Americans. Be inspired by resilient heroes. Share in daily reflection and prayer.

Places we will visit include

  • Birmingham: Civil Rights Institute, Kelly Ingram Park, 16th Street Baptist Church

  • Montgomery: Freedom Rides Museum, Legacy Museum, National Memorial for Peace and Justice, Rosa Parks Museum, Civil Rights Memorial, Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church

  • Selma: National Voting Rights Museum, the Slavery and Civil War Museum,
    the Edmund Pettus Bridge

  • Jackson: Mississippi Civil Rights and History Museums, Medgar Evers Home Museum, State Capitol

Nature of trip
Educational, addressing racism and oppression, building interracial relationships

Robert Crouch, Director of Volunteer Ministry
Vicky Curtiss, Associate Pastor
Derrick Dawson, Co-Program Coordinator for Chicago Regional Organizing for Antiracism (CROAR)

Age range
18 years and older

Estimated cost (not including air fare)
Double room: $1,375 per person
Single room: $1,975 per person

  • Room accommodations will be in hotels.
  • Rides between cities will be by bus.
  • Participants must arrange their own travel to arrive in Birmingham, Alabama, and to depart from Jackson, Mississippi.

Applications due May 1
A deposit of $800 is required

To apply, please click here.

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For More about the Racial Equity Council

Contact Nanette Sawyer, Vicky Curtiss, or Robert Crouch

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