For Lent, a Chicago Church is ‘Fasting From Whiteness’ – Opinion

Are you observing Lent? What are you willing to give up if Lent is observed?

Per its sign on the lawn as reported by Turning Point USA, a church in Chicago’s come up with quite the carnal component to eliminate this Easter.

In observance of the 40 days in which Jesus fasted, the First United Church of Oak Park is “Fasting from Whiteness.”

On the house of worship’s website, a “Statement on Lent 2022 Theme” is offered.

“Our Lenten theme,” it notes, “has spurred considerable discussion, with some people questioning the message.”

Learn their intentions:

We practiced the Lenten spiritual discipline, fasting. Our intention was to let go of our old frames and listen to the Gospel through the voices and perspectives of Indigenous Peoples, Black People and People of Color.

Diversity can only be realized by including everyone, even those who are not white.

Lent was a rich and varied season of beautiful worship. We pray that God oils the hinges of our hearts’ doors that they might swing open gently to receive the good news of Christ’s resurrection, which we all await at the culmination of Lent.


[The church] has pledged to intentionally avoid musical scores and liturgical contributions in its worship services that are “written or composed by white people” for the 40 days of Lent.

Announcing on its website, with an accompanying sign posted on its front lawn, the First United Church of Oak Park is “Fasting from Whiteness” by including worship music that “will be drawn from the African American spirituals tradition, from South African freedom songs, from Native American traditions, and many, many more.”

The situation brings to mind a recent lecture given at Pittsburgh’s Catholic Carlow University, during which the speaker called on Christians to “crucify their whiteness.”

For the past few years, we’ve been informed of the corruption that is This Present Caucasian Quality:

Political Science: Academics Attack the ‘Whiteness in Introductory Physics’

A Whistleblower Shares a Racial Justice Lesson From Coca-Cola: ‘Try to Be Less White’

Report: BYU Professor Orders Students to Snap Photos of On-Campus ‘Whiteness’

There are so many white Americans in America, it is hard to imagine that a sweep would be able to come about by drastic and rashly calculated means.

Evidently, I’m not alone:

Mental Health Journal’s Article on ‘Parasitic Whiteness’ Laments There’s ‘Not Yet a Permanent Cure’

UC Berkeley Professor Tells Students That Abolishing Whiteness Is Like Wiping Out White People

When the country’s Christian churches start bulls-eyeing the pale pandemic, it’s official: Whiteness and wickedness are one and the same.

Where oppression’s concerned, First United takes a solid stance. According to a screenshot provided by Turning Point, a March 29th “evotional” (electronic devotional?) Ministers act in this manner:

We honor Lent’s fast from whiteness and give priority to the voice of our evotional by following this simple rule: [Pastor and Head of Staff Bruce Reyes-Chow]Through a chapter in his book In Defense of Kindness…

Pastor Bruce shares a lesson he learned while observing a privileged person’s selfishness amid a traffic jam caused by Black Lives Matter protestors.

The social circumstances, cultural and socioeconomic privileges that we live in will determine how kind of kindness we show. Likewise, it is not kind to tell someone who is expressing righteous and disruptive indignation to be “civil” or “appropriate.” … When acts of kindness and calls for civility are fueled by social, economic, and racial privilege, these acts are often more about doing just enough to keep the status quo and not about transformative change for those who are experiencing struggle.

“This call for civility,” he asserts, “is dangerous.”

People took to the streets in protest of injustices and unjust practices and created any civil and criminal rights for people of color, workers, LGBTQIA+ persons, and others. … Expressions of kindness in times of social changed and public protest should focus on those who are seeking justice and liberation and It is notThe impact of social change or correction of disparities in access to power and authority on those whose lives are being disrupted.

Say no to privilege. Whiteness, too.


[AUTHOR’S NOTE: It appears First United Church of Oak Park’s website may have been modified following Turning Point USA’s report.]


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