Antiracism Ministry

A Sacred Dialogue on Race

The Metropolitan Chicago Synod is committed to antiracism work.  To join our ongoing dialogue, visit the synod’s Antiracism website and blog:



Upcoming Workshops

Understanding and Analyzing Systemic Racism Workshop

Sponsored by the Metropolitan Chicago Synod Antiracism Team; Presented by Chicago Regional Organizing for AntiRacism (CROAR)

An in-depth look at race and racism in the United States, this workshop is designed to reveal how systemic racism creates barriers to true multicultural diversity and racial justice. We’ll help you struggle with the tough questions and begin to equip you with the skills to dismantle racism and transform your institution.

  • explore the historical development of systemic racism and its continuing effects in our society
  • examine the ongoing realities of racism including the identity-shaping power racism has on People of Color and White people
  • consider the link between racism and other forms of oppression


Workshops are open to anyone who has an
interest in beginning an exploration of racism
and its impacts on our church and society in an
atmosphere of mutual respect, caring and safety.

NOTE: If you register and do not attend the workshop the Metropolitan Chicago Synod Antiracism Team must still pay for your workshop seat ($280 – $350). Therefore, “no shows” will not be offered the subsidized registration rate for future workshops.

Early Bird Registration $95; Regular Registration $125 — ELCA Members (use Promo Code: MCSYNOD)

October 18-20, 2018

Catholic Theological Union, 5416 S. Cornell Avenue, Chicago, IL 60615



Why Are People Rich? An Antiracist Analysis

November 10, 2018
9.45 a.m. – 2.00 p.m.
St. James Lutheran Church
5129 Wolf Road
Western Springs, IL 60558

Cost: $10
Lunch and childcare will be provided.


  • Our nation has a substantial racial wealth gap
  • Our nation is becoming more diverse and more unequal
  • Our nation will be majority people of color by the middle of this century.

Yet, wealth is unambiguously divided along racial lines; Black and Latinx households are disproportionately impacted by the wealth gap.

Rooted in historic, institutionalized injustices—and supported by practices and policies that serve to entrench inequitable trends— these disparities increase wealth for those who already possess significant assets.

Becoming an antiracist Church requires that we advocate and work towards a sustainable, equitable future for all people; in order to do so we must understand the roots of this inequity.

For more information, e-mail the synod's Antiracism Team at


Stay tuned for future Antiracism events. To learn about events and workshops that can benefit your congregation, check back here for the latest updates or visit

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