Alka's Angle June 14, 2024

Dear Broadway Community,


This coming week, US will observe ‘Juneteenth’ (June 19) which marks the day in 1865 when U.S. federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, to take control of the state and ensure all African Americans were freed. The troops’ arrival came a full two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation had been signed. In reality, the Emancipation Proclamation didn’t instantly free enslaved people. Many Black people continued to be held in bondage and worked for their white owners for nearly six years after the proclamation was signed.  

Today, Juneteenth is a federally recognized holiday, and many African Americans (and allies) commemorate Juneteenth. Yet, systemic racism in church and society continues to impact us as communities. We continue to grapple with anti-Blackness and other forms of racism, and Juneteenth reminds us that the quest for liberty, flourishing, and justice for all remains elusive.

May the words that writer Jess McIntosh writes, “We are still in the process of ending slavery, and nowhere near ending its effects,” be a reminder to us to continue the work of anti-racism so all people everywhere may be freed from bondage and oppression.  You can also watch a short video titled, ‘Hope for the future wrapped in a history lesson.’  


This Sunday our Northern Illinois Annual Conference begins its 185th session, so Paula and I will attend the session and invite your prayerful support for our Bishop and members of the conference. I will be taking all the donations for the Mission Truck that we have collected.


As I have shared before, this year PRIDE WORSHIP will be hosted by us at Broadway on Sunday, June 30th at 9:30am. We will be joined by many other United Methodist Churches and churches that are part of the Chicago Coalition of Welcoming Churches. This start time will enable those who desire to go to the Parade after worship. For hospitality we will need donations of 4-5 cases of 8 oz. water bottlesPlease bring them to church by June 23rd. We also need volunteers for the tent that we will set up outside the parade.


And remember, on Sunday, June 23rd, members of Holy Covenant UMC will be joining us in worship. After worship we will give them a tour of our building, so if you desire, please stay after worship to join us for the tour. We hope these visits will spark a beginning of many fruitful and joyful collaborations. If you have ideas for collaboration, please share your idea here!  


Beloveds, I continue to be grateful for all of you for always showing up in the best way you can, so together we can continue to be the church that God has called us to be.


Be blessed, and be a blessing to all you meet, and I look forward to seeing you all at church.