Racial Equity Lenten Challenge

February 18 – April 3, 2021

The Faith in Action Team invites you to participate in our Racial Equity Lenten Challenge, where you complete one action daily to grow in your understanding of power, privilege, oppression and equity.

FIAT has created a plan, adapted from Dr. Eddie Moore’s 21-Day Racial Equality Habit Building Challenge© and graciously shared with GCC by Pilgrim Congregational Church in Oak Park, which includes suggestions for readings, podcasts, videos, observations, and ways to form and deepen community connections. It can be done individually, with friends, family, or small group.

No book, article or video will be the answer, quick fix or comprehensive guide. But we encourage you to use these resources as education, encouragement, and as steps to live according to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Join us as we grow together on our anti-racist journey!

Sign Up

When you sign up, you will be added to an email distribution list so that we can share additional information with you throughout Lent. This is especially important for non-GCC participants who don’t receive our weekly eblasts of church news. You will also be invited to register to attend optional weekly 45-minute Zoom discussion groups on Thursdays for people who want to share what they learned or ask questions of others who are participating. The first date (February 18) will be an orientation meeting to help everyone get started. The dates are:

February 18 and 25, and March 4, 11, 18, and 25 at 12 PM or 7 PM
If you sign up for the Zoom discussions, you will be signing up for ALL sessions and you can attend which ever ones are convenient for you each week.

Click here to sign up to participate.

how to participate

Every day of the challenge, choose one item from the Watch/Read/Listen to resources or one of the Notice/Engage/Act activities, depending on the week.

Watch/Read/Listen Week 1: February 19 –  February 25
Watch/Read/Listen Week 2: February 26 – March 4
Watch/Read/Listen Week 3: March 5 – March 11
Notice/Engage/Act Week 4: March 12 – March 18
Notice/Engage/Act Week 5: March 19 – March 25

Tracking your progress

Tracking what you do helps you remember what you learned and also is a good tool for staying consistent!

Track and reflect on your progress by linking to this Lenten Challenge Tracking Tool.

Any questions? Contact Betsy Martin (847-657-7595) and leave a brief message with your name and contact info.