Chicago Church Chooses Racism For Lent

First United Church of Oak Park

( – Americans have chosen many different ways to sacrifice during Lent over the years.

Still, it is a safe bet that no individual or church congregation has ever done what First United Church of Oak Park outside of Chicago is doing.

As the New York Post shares in, “Chicago-area church announces it is ‘fasting from whiteness’ during Lent”:

“A church in suburban Chicago said it is “fasting from whiteness” during Lent, the 40-day period preceding Easter — by abstaining from performing hymns composed or written by white musicians.

“First United Church of Oak Park announced on its website that it ‘is doing a mix of ‘giving something up’ and ‘taking something on.’

“‘In our worship services throughout Lent, we will not be using any music or liturgy written or composed by white people. Our music will be drawn from the African American spirituals tradition, from South African freedom songs, from Native American traditions, and many, many more,’ it said.” [emphasis added]

And the church feels the need to trumpet its decision.

“The house of worship also erected a “Fasting from Whiteness” sign on its front lawn…” [emphasis added]

One wonders what would happen if a church erected a sign on its front lawn that read “Fasting from Blackness.”

What is your opinion about what this church is doing for Lent? Do you agree or disagree with what the church is doing? Why or why not? Please email your thoughts to [email protected]. Thank you, and have a good day.