March 31, 2021
Our mission of building relationships between diverse individuals and communities began in the 1970s, became a greater priority 2010, and today is the cornerstone of our commitment to Being the Beloved Community. Through our racially diverse Co-Pastors and our commitment to eliminating racial disparities in church leadership, we are working to bridge the divide between, and build personal relationships among, members of diverse races. We have both come a long way AND have a long way still to go, especially when reviewing the results of the Race Equity Survey commissioned by the Racial Inclusion Committee. An Executive Summary of the survey may be read here. To receive a copy of the complete report, please contact the Church Office at 216-321-2660 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
While this team presents events throughout the year such as our Juneteenth Celebration, its largest event is an intensely educational annual Black History Month highlighting African American experiences and contributions. Learn more about the focus of this year’s event.
Led by members Elizabeth Shaw and Jeff Smith , the Race Inclusion Committee is an inclusive body that acts as an independent advisor on racial inclusion issues to other church ministries through our Session. Members include Cheryl Anderson, Mark Chupp, Kathy Hanna-Stauffer, Nicole Lawrence, Leslie Pendleton, Quentin Smith, Ann Williams, and Co-Pastors Veronica Goines and John Lentz.
Established in 2017 and co-chaired by members Elizabeth Shaw and Quentin Smith, the Black Caucus meets to discuss and exchange ideas and information among African American members of our congregation. The Black Caucus sponsors social activities such as movie viewings, group dinners and group visits to community events, as well as activities and initiatives designed to address the pervasive racial inequity in our society. They also sponsor the Black Caucus Book Club, the Racial Equity Buddies Initiative, and The Ron Register Scholarship.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE The Black Caucus exists to Witness, Affirm, Develop and Empower:
Faith communities must do more than pay lip service to equality. Forest Hill Church strives to narrow educational, financial and social gaps between blacks and whites. One of our longest-running 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.
Our final book discussion before we break for summer will take place (via Zoom) Saturday morning, June 18 from 10:30 to 12 noon. We will be discussing Professor Deborah Plummer’s book “Some of My Friends Are…The Daunting Challenges and Untapped Benefits of Cross-Racial Friendships“. Why do neighborhoods tend to be primarily of one race? Why do […]
The Black Caucus Book Club will lead a discussion of “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents”, by Isabel Wilkerson on Saturday January 8, 2022, 10:30 AM to Noon.” In this book the author “explores, through an immersive, deeply researched narrative and stories about real people, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped […]
Join the Black Caucus (via zoom) Saturday Morning, October 23 from 10:30 a.m to noon, October 23 to discuss “White Rage” by Carol Andersen. This is an important and insightful book on race and racism. To receive the ZOOM link contact us at email@example.com. All people of goodwill are welcome.
All are invited to join our Black Caucus Book Club discussions. Register with office to receive Zoom info for the April discussion of Toni Morrison’s The Origin of Others, & in June: Jemar Tisby’s The Color of Compromise.
All are invited to join a discussion of “The Color of Compromise” by Jemar Tisby, on Saturday, June 5, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM. In this book, the author writes about the roots of sustained racism and injustice in the American church. He presents a historical survey of the role of race in American Christianity, […]
This series is includes presentations and small group discussions on the history of racial inequality in this nation and lays the foundation for consideration of appropriate reparations. The discussion resumes with a focus on the period of time from the Civil Rights Movement up to the present day. Send an email to BlackCaucus@FHCpresb.org to receive […]
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