Events on Racism

   A coalition of churches in Coles County is hosting a Zoom event for three evenings of dialogue and presentations surrounding the sin of racism, October 5, 6, & 8 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. We will explore questions of how to confront racism within ourselves, our church communities, and the wider society. We will look at the ways in which racism has distorted our spirits and keeps us from racial harmony. The hope is this will be the doorway for taking additional steps as faith communities in our county, adding our faith-based voices to efforts to end racism. 
   This is free and open to all, but we do ask you to register via this google link:  Once registered, we will send a Zoom Link and password.  Please note that while we encourage people to attend all three evenings, we understand if you can only make one or two.


A Christian Response to Racism Study at Charleston Wesley UMC:
   Want to gain insight into the underlying causes for the recent unrest and protests happening in our country? Wondering what you as a Christian should do in this moment? Coming soon is an study offered at Charleston Wesley UMC to wrestle with these questions and more. It will kick with the movie “Just Mercy”, and then begin reading Ibram X.  Kendi’s book “How to Be an Anti-Racist” on October 4. Through engaging stories, background history, law and science, Kendi explains how we got here and suggests a path forward. Both Zoom and in- person groups will be formed. To sign up, please email Elizabeth Halbe in the church office at or Bill and Cheryl Lair at You may also call the church at 345-3917 or Cheryl Lair at 218-2548. Please indicate if you prefer to participate in a Zoom class or an in-person, socially distanced class at the church. 
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