Applications for Reconciliation Grants
Recipients in 2016: Rock Island 15th Avenue Christian Church “Rise Up” ministry; Parkway Gardens “MOMS program”; Park Manor Christian Church; and CCIW PRAR Team.
Recipients in 2014: Glen Oak Christian Church, Parkway Gardens Christian Church, CCIW’s PRAR Team.
The issue of racial justice is one that appears throughout our history as the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). However, the Reconciliation ministry of the church officially began at the General Assembly in 1968 with the approval of the urban Emergency program. Its mission was to work to dismantle racism in our church and society. Reconciliation was reaffirmed as a permanent ministry of the church in 1972. Our 20/20 Vision, adopted at the 2001 General Assembly in Kansas City, MO, included the mandate for the Disciples to become an Anti-Racist/Pro-Reconciling Church, a phrase that has recently been changed to a Pro-Reconciling/Anti-Racist (PR/AR) Church.
Objective and Purpose
The objective of the Reconciliation Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Illinois and Wisconsin is to undergird the National Mission Priority set forth by the General Assembly to become a PR/AR Church. We do so through the work the PR/AR Team and Committee. Working together, the Committee and Team provides leadership and vision of responding to God’s call to be a fully transformed, anti-racist multi-cultural church that we claim as members of the Body of Christ, an anti-racist identity that empowers, heals, and makes whole.
The Purpose of the CCIW Pro-Reconciliation/Anti-Racism Committee is to:
- Present yearly to the Regional Church Council the plan, activities and reports of the Committee and Team.
- Communicate the vision and goals of the region’s ministry in creative and compelling ways to CCIW congregations and groups.
- Promote the annual Reconciliation Offering within the congregations of the Region
- Award a yearly discretionary grant to the Team from the reconciliation funds to carry out its program.
- Solicit, receive, administer and award the annual Reconciliation grants in accordance with the guidelines.
- Participate annually in the Anti-racism training that is selected by the Team
NOTE: Committee members are nominated and adhere to the requirements set forth in the Charter which can be accessed on the regional website.