HUMC contemplates Race and Racism

We encourage everyone to give some thought to the issue of racism because it continues to bedevil our society. A group of us at HUMC is engaged in the continuing vital conversation called for in the United Methodist Church denomination's initiative on “Dismantling Racism: Pressing on to Freedom.” This work has also been demanded by the Northern Illinois Conference's goal of “living out the conviction that racism is incompatible with Christian teaching.” We began with a showing of the documentary film, The Long Shadow, at HUMC, and followed that with a series of three ZOOM conversations in our “Let's Face Race” series. The group of participants will continue the conversation with occasional ZOOM meetings that we will announce as appropriate. Ultimately, we hope to develop a vision statement that could represent the sentiment of the HUMC community on the subject of racism. If you wish to join this ZOOM discussion group at any point, you may do so by notifying Lennox Iton (630-852-9011 or via email). Notification is necessary so that the link for joining the meeting can be communicated to you. The participation of as many members as possible in framing our vision statement is strongly desired. Help us to build the beloved community of persons committed to the justice and equity that our faith commands.

If you have not yet viewed The Long Shadow, you can still view it online by visiting the web page of the documentary. “For the Lord gives wisdom.......Then you will understand righteousness, and justice, and equity, every good path.” Proverbs 2:6-9

Here are some resources with which we can begin the journey:





Web Events and Announcements:


  • The New Jim Crow, by Michelle Alexander
  • How to be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi
  • White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, by Robin DiAngelo
  • So You Want To Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo   
  • Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, Isabel Wilkerson

Radio Interview: