The #DoJustice fund was established in 2015 with a matching gift from longtime friend of McCormick, Pastor, Author, Activist and former Moderator of the PCUSA, Bruce Reyes-Chow and his spouse, Robin Pugh. Bruce and Robin made their gift a matching one in honor of their 25th wedding anniversary. They chose McCormick and this type of funding because in Bruce’s words, “McCormick is clearly a seminary that is doing prophetic and powerful work with and around the #BlackLivesMatter movement, so for our 25th Anniversary we are asking people to match our gift."
Since that Giving Tuesday in 2015, over $8,000 has been raised for projects that support the work of racial justice. Many of the gifts are modest monthly contributions from our alumni and friends and family of Bruce and Robin. We are deeply grateful to Bruce and Robin for getting us started and for their ongoing promotion of giving to the fund in the years since.
We have used money from the fund to send students, faculty and staff through Cross Roads 2-day anti-racism organizing trainings at least twice a year. This academic year, the training was added as a requirement for our Field Studies students, and we have been able to subsidize the added cost for participants. For additional trainings, we have provided space and/or meals for trainings that are open to the other seminaries and divinity schools in the Chicago area. For the past 2 years, we’ve used money from the fund to support the two of our sister schools in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria.
In addition, this past March, we used funds from the Do Justice Fund for the a screening of 40th and State, a film about the 1955 funeral service for Emmett Till in Chicago. Here’s a link for more about the film and the young, brilliant film maker, Micah Ariel Watson, who answered questions and reflected on the making of the film with us after the screening.
We selected June 8th (6/8) as a nod to Micah 6:8.
8 He has told you, human one, what is good and
what the Lord requires from you:
to do justice, embrace faithful love, and walk humbly with your God.
Our goal is to raise an additional $10,000 with this effort using the hashtag #DoJustice. We invite you to join us on Saturday, June 8th! Thank you!
What we’re asking of alumni and friends when they share:
- Make your own gift of any size (or refer to any gift or gifts you’ve already made to the #DoJustice Fund this fiscal year);
- Take a picture or video of yourself wearing something McCormick-esque (if you have it) and post on social media saying why you gave and why it’s important to you;
- Invite others to join you as part of your text or video;
- Include the link to make a gift www.support.mccormick.edu in your post;
- Tag McCormick on FB @McCormickSeminary or Twitter @McCormickSem using the hashtag #DoJustice.