"Civil Rights, Then and Now"

  • April 25, 2021|12:15pm – 1:30pm


Please Join us April 25th after worship for our next event as we hear from the 

Antiracism Ministries


Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (Lakeview & Loop)

St. Luke's Lutheran Church, Logan Sqaure 


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More Event Details to Follow Soon. 




Event 2

PLEASE JOIN US for our second Civil Rights Then and Now conversation for a presentation by: 

Beverly Jones, MSW, ACSW



Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois on:

Dismantling Institutional Racism in Child & Family Services

When: Sunday, March 28th 12:15pm-1:15pm, after Worship.

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Dismantling Institutional Racism, Beverly Jones, LCFS 03/28/21

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Lutheran Child and Family Services is a ministry partner of First Immanuel Lutheran Church. Our time will include a presentation, followed by a time for questions and responses.


~He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8~

Civil Rights THEN and NOW is Seminarian, Kyle Duff’s, Ministry Project while he is serving at First Immanuel in his “Ministry in Context” (MIC) experience. For questions, comments, concerns, or to get more involved, contact Kyle at Kyle.Duff@lstc.edu.


Event 1

Civil Rights THEN and NOW” Panel Discussion

Topic: Racial Integration and Civil Rights Activism at First Immanuel

When: Sunday February 28th from 1-2:30pm via ZOOM.


Panel Discussion- Racial Integration and Civil Rights Activism at FILC 1950-70

We will be hearing from four present and past congregational members, about their own history and reflections on this activity in the history of our church and the surrounding community. The panel will be moderated by radio, television, social and print media personality and friend of the congregation Arthur “Chat Daddy” Sims (https://therealchatdaddy.com/)This is the first in a series of several discussions celebrating First Immanuel’s engagement in the struggle for Civil Rights in the past, learning about present-day work in this cause, and discussing what it might mean to be a congregation concerned about Civil Rights today!

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“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” -Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from a Birmingham Jail

Civil Rights THEN and NOW is our Seminarian, Kyle Duff’s, Ministry Project while he is serving with us in his “Ministry in Context” (MIC) experience. There is a small and wonderful team working with Kyle to plan and develop these events for FILC. If you would like to help shape this experience for the community, please join our working group by emailing Seminarian Kyle at: kyle.duff@lstc.edu

First in a series of Panel Discussions about First Immanuel's involvement in Civil Right issues. This first discussion looks back at our congregations role in the community and the struggle for open housing in the 60's. Future discussions will look forward at the state of civil rights issues and ways we might engage today in line with our heritage of civil rights work.

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