Chicago church ‘fasting from whiteness’ throughout Lent by ditching hymns written by White folks

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A church in suburban Chicago has advised parishioners it should abstain from performing any music that’s related to White folks in the course of the season of Lent. 

“In our worship services throughout Lent, we will not be using any music or liturgy written or composed by white people,” the website for the First United Church of Oak Park reads. “Our music will be drawn from the African American spirituals tradition, from South African freedom songs, from Native American traditions, and many, many more.”

The Chicago skyline, photographed from outside the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, Illinois on March 1, 2020.  Recently, police are investigating a triple homicide in Belvidere, 70 miles northwest of Chicago.

The Chicago skyline, photographed from outdoors the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, Illinois on March 1, 2020.  Not too long ago, police are investigating a triple murder in Belvidere, 70 miles northwest of Chicago.
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The assertion continues, “For Lent, it is our prayer that in our spiritual disciplines we may grow as Christians, united in the body of Christ with people of all ages, nations, races, and origins.”

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In keeping with a report from Turning Level USA, the church additionally erected an indication selling the racially-charged Lenten quick saying that it might be internet hosting worship providers “around the voices of Black people, indigenous people, and people of color.”

First United Church of Oak Park

First United Church of Oak Park
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Each the church workplace and head pastor John Edgerton, who’s a White male, didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark from Day by day Put up Digital. 

The church can also be reportedly selling reflections that it calls “evotionals” which have supported the thought of “fasting from whiteness.”

Sanctuary of a small church with pews and pulpit

Sanctuary of a small church with pews and pulpit
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Within the section of the church web site that explains its “values,” the church claims that its members assist a covenant of working towards “inclusion” by “valuing people of all races, ethnicities, cultural identities, gender identities, sexual orientations, and abilities in every aspect of our congregational life.”

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The church which is reportedly “fasting from whiteness” additionally describes itself as an “open and inclusive Christian Community.”

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