St. Giles Peace Circle

Truth and Healing for Racial Justice

St. Giles Peace Circles now meets on the 4th Thursday of the Month at 7 pm. As we discussed at our June Peace Circle, we are trying to develop the best rhythm and the best time to dedicate to our St Giles Peace Circles. 

The Peace Circle is a safe space for each other to gather around a common core, to connect to others and the issues of the day. To listen with the heart, embrace the diversity of experience, and deepen understanding. Email to add your name to the mailing list.

Our October / November monthly Peace Circles are being replaced by Truth and Healing for Racial Justice, a collaborative effort to honor Black Catholic History Month out of the Oak Park Parishes Peace and Justice initiative.

Truth and Healing for Racial Justice is a four-week series based on the writings of Fr. Bryan N. Massingale, author of Racial Justice and the Catholic Church and Emmanuel Acho, author of Uncomfortable Conversations With A Black Man, inviting our parishes to share prayer, study, and conversation on truth, racial justice, and healing.

On Thursday evenings, October 28, November 4, 11, and 18, the people of the four Oak Park Catholic parishes are invited to gather in prayer and join small group discussion leaders in considering how we can use truth about racial injustice in order to promote healing among peoples and create racial justice. Our Catholic Bishops remind us that Christians must respect and honor the dignity of each individual, yet racism persists. How can we respond? How can we promote and defend racial justice?

The program will begin with an in-person & live-streamed prayer service on October 28 at 7 pm at St. Giles Catholic Church, 1045 Columbian Avenue in Oak Park. This service will feature Sr. Anita Baird, the founding director of the Chicago Archdiocese’s Office for Racial Justice and a national speaker. After the service, participants will break up into small groups for discussion, either in-person or on Zoom.

On November 4 and 11, at 7 pm, the small group discussions will all be held online, using Zoom. The final session on November 18 at 7 pm will be both in-person and live-streamed at Ascension Parish, 801 S. East Avenue in Oak Park, and will also include small group discussion time, either in-person or online.

These small group discussions will use the peace circle format, which gives everyone an opportunity to share in response to questions and helps to build a community of caring and listening.

The hybrid approach of in-person and online will give everyone a chance to participate as they wish. We will use the ideas of Father Bryan Massingale and Emmanuel Acho as a starting point, through their books and/or online videos and articles that will be provided. You do not need to read the books to participate.

Registration is required to participate in the small group discussions. Please email to register; include “Racial Justice” in the subject line of the email. Also, please specify whether you want to participate entirely online (through live-streamed prayer services and Zoom discussions) or in-person for the October 28 and November 18 prayer services and Zoom for November 4 and 11.

Meetings at 7 pm on the 4th Thursday of the Month

October 28
November – TBD
Advent/Christmas Circle – TBD