Racial Reconciliation

Building relationships between diverse individuals and communities has been part of Forest Hill Church’s mission since the 1970s, and a cornerstone since 2010.

One focus has been an intensely educational annual Black History Month program of events designed to raise awareness among our predominately white congregation of African-American experiences and contributions.

The goal is to bridge the divide between, and build personal relationships among, members of diverse races.

Forest Hill Members at a black-owned restaurant during Black History Month

List of Local Black-Owned Businesses and Restaurants

As member Ajah Hales wrote in material prepared for Forest Hill Church’s 2016 Black History Month, “America’s ongoing racial divide needs to be laid bare and the staggeringly large financial gap between black and white Americans must be recognized and addressed.”

Faith communities must do more than pay lip service to equality. Forest Hill Church is working to narrow educational, financial and social gaps between blacks and whites.

One of our most important ministries as a church has been our efforts on behalf of racial justice and fair housing laws in Cleveland Heights. Learn more about Forest Hill Church’s history at working to find solutions to systemic racial oppression here.

Some background on integration and rapid re-segregation in Cleveland Heights was presented by J. Mark Souther, Ph.D. and Susan Kaeser at Forest Hill.

Additional links you may find helpful:

The wealth gap between Blacks and Whites have tripled over the past 25 years.

For blacks between 17 and 20, the effective unemployment rate is 51%

 

 

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