Introduction to Analyzing Systemic Racism

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Location: Borwell Dining Room, Fourth Presbyterian Church Time: 8:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Registration Fee: $85, includes morning beverages and lunch (minimum: 30, by early bird December 4 deadline; maximum: 50)

This interactive training will introduce a shared language for effective dialogue about systemic racism; analyze what racism is, how it originates, operates and its impact on the identity of individuals; and, begin to equip attendees with a framework for examining organizational culture and moving toward antiracist transformation of the organization.

*This workshop may satisfy your presbytery’s, classis’, or organization’s entry level continuing education requirement for anti-bias training. This workshop is a pre-requisite for the anti-racism post event.

Led by Ariel Gloor and Rev. Deborah Paton, co-moderators of Chicago Presbytery’s Commission on Anti-racism and Equity.

Sponsored by the Commission on Antiracism and Equity (CARE) of Chicago Presbytery – Chicago Presbytery’s Committee on Representation (COR), and the APCE Annual Event Ministry Team.

Illinois Center Pedway Tour

Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Illinois Center Pedway Tour at the Chicago Architecture Center (CAC)
(Tour group will meet at the Marriott for a .4 mi/7 min walk or take local transportation.)

Time: 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Registration Fee: $25.00, includes entrance to Chicago Architecture Center exhibits
Minimum is 11 by early bird deadline (December 4).
Maximum is 80.

Take a warm walk and see the cool architecture of the Illinois Center Pedway. Learn how an abandoned railway freight yard was transformed into an important urban development. You’ll see some pretty and some gritty portions of the Pedway as we travel the one and a quarter mile passageway through what was designed as “the futuristic city within a city.” Download the Special Events PDF for this information and other special happenings during APCE.

Led by Jenny Hubbard, the 2021 APCE Annual Event local co-chair and pastor of AuSable Grove Presbyterian Church, Yorkville, IL.

For complete tour information: or contact Jenny Hubbard, your tour contact.

Draw Our Circles Wider

Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Drawing Our Circle Wider at Fourth Presbytery Church, Borwell Dining Room

Time: 8:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Registration Fee: $35.00, includes authors’ book God’s Big Plan and morning snack 3
Minimum is 30 by early bird deadline (December 4).
Maximum is 50.

This workshop will explore Genesis 1:1-2:25 ; 11:1-9 (bring your Bibles) and interpretations of these familiar texts; discuss the importance of biblical interpretation with children and youth and how we help them get it right the first time so they don’t have to unlearn things later; show how we make connections between contemporary biblical interpretations of text and writing stories for children; and, hear new stories for children from Genesis 1 and 2 that the leaders are working on.

Led by Lib Caldwell, retired Harold Blake Walker Professor of Pastoral Theology, McCormick Theological Seminary, and Ted Hiebert, the Francis A. McGaw Professor of Old Testament and dean of the faculty emeritus, McCormick Theological Seminary.

Sponsored by McCormick Theological Seminary and the APCE Annual Event Ministry Team.

Contact Candace Hill for more information.

Additional Pre-events 

Certification Course
Presbyterians Organized in Nurture & Teaching (POINT)
Presbyterian Youth Workers Association (PYWA)
Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Network (POAMN)

Located at the hotel unless noted; registration with fees or *pre-requisites required as noted


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