Dear Broadway Family,
I am listening to NPR! People are invited to call in and share their memories from 10 years ago today -- when heavy snow was dumped in the area and most parts of the state sat in standstill for days. Cars stalled on LSDrive and thousands of people were left without power for days. Reporters called it “Snowmageddon.” They speak of it -- because today marks 10 years, and because, while it is beautiful and sunny in the neighborhood right now, more snow is on the way for us this weekend. This is expected for Chicago in winter. We prepare for the conditions to protect ourselves from them. I hope you have! Another condition that our country has been dealing with for a long time is racism and the current state of our country has brought it to the surface in a brutal way.
Next week we enter into February, which is also observed as ‘Black (Hi)Story Month.’ And while we understand that limiting the acknowledgement of any culture for a specific month seems ridiculous, and while we do speak of our cultures and races throughout the year, we, at Broadway, do take advantage of the fact, and celebrate the culture and its richness. We will be inviting speakers from our congregation who will share of their life and experiences as a Black/African person. I look forward to the experience and invite you to join us every Sunday. You will be blessed each week.
However, we feel we need to do more to prepare ourselves to deal with the current racial divisions in our country. So, we are also planning a book study for the month!