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NOVEMBER BOOK STUDY

Join Pastor Christy in a November book study that is crucial for the times in which we are living.

WHITE FRAGILITY: WHY IT’S SO HARD FOR WHTE PEOPLE TO TALK ABOUR RACISM  by Robin Diangelo

“What is White Fragility? In this groundbreaking and timely book, antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility. Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. In this in-depth examination, DiAngelo explores how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively.”

The  Book Study will be held on Tuesdays from 6:30-8:00 p.m. beginning November 6 and Thursdays from 10:00-11:30 a.m. beginning November 8. We will study one chapter each week. Feel free to come whenever your schedule allows. We will meet at the York Center church.  Call the church office (630-627-7411) to sign up for this book study.

Friday Night Connect

Friday Night Connect is a collaboration between Willowbrook High School and community groups and churches.

York Center, along with two other congregations in the Lombard/Villa Park area, open their doors one Friday night a month during the school year to middle school youth. Willowbrook students in the senior mentor program lead the activities. The purpose of this program is to encourage middle school students to choose sober activities and turn away from drugs and alcohol.

Future dates for York Center hosting will be published here.

York Center Participation in Brethren Disaster Ministries

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10, NIV)

The York Center of the Church of the Brethren participated in a Brethren Disaster Ministries activity in the Eureka, MO, area the week of January 21-26. In addition to those from York Center, the volunteer team included persons from northern Indiana, southern Indiana and Pennsylvania for a total total of 14, plus six leadership persons provided by BDM.  The response of the team was uniformly positive given that all volunteers worked well together, the food was more than  adequate, the accommodations in Eureka were excellent, and being able to help families suffering loss felt like a privilege.

The next scheduled IL/WI BDM assignment is November 25 – December 1, 2018. The location is North Carolina. Persons with a potential interest in being part of that team, or wanting more information should contact the BDM District Disaster Coordinator, Loren Habegger, at ILWI.DDC.LH@gmail.com .

Also, a person from York Center will be traveling to the Virgin Islands, January 6-19, 2019, to assist in their clean up from Hurricane Maria (2017) that devastated the island. Following the hurricane, many places were wrapped with tarps and are still waiting for clean up and restoration assistance.