LSC Adopts Reparations Resolution
On January 23, 2022, the Lake Street Church congregation voted to approve
the following resolution:
Over time, Evanston’s Black citizens have been systematically excluded from equal access to housing, education, healthcare, police protection, and participation in public recreational opportunities. One result of these compounded inequities is today’s tremendous wealth gap between Black and white residents. Most regrettably, with a few notable exceptions, white faith communities allowed the inequitable policies and practices to persist without resistance, while even participating and benefiting from them. Disparities continue to this day, and we join other faith communities that are stepping forward to respond. In accordance with our covenant “to act against injustice and for peace,” Lake Street Church supports the City of Evanston’s current efforts to address this injustice through its Reparations Programs.
This follows Lake Street Church of Evanston’s participation in the three-part workshop “Faith, Justice and Reparations in Evanston” last fall. The workshop explored what “reparation” means, how Evanston’s history of exclusion and discrimination calls for repair, what is happening with our current Reparations programs — and how we, as people of faith, are called to act at this significant moment in history. The workshop was presented by several Evanston churches (including Lake Street Church) with the support of Interfaith Action of Evanston.