Justice Ministry

The Justice Ministry seeks to inform the HPCUMC congregation and community about topics of justice; exploring underlying causes and sources of injustice and encouraging actions that seek fairness and equity for all.

Upcoming Events

Just Des(s)erts

Let Our Loss Be Heard

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 6:30

On Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 6:30, The Justice Ministry of Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church (HPCUMC), located at 1345 Grace Ave, Cincinnati, OH, will host a screening of the documentary, Let Our Loss Be Heard.

Let Our Loss Be Heardis part of the Mourning the Creation of Racial Categories (MCRC) Project documentary series that uses a variety of art forms (theatre, dance, visual arts, music. poetry) to explore the creation of racial categories in the United States.   Most people do not know how the categories we so routinely check such as Asian, Black and White were created. The MCRC Project makes the case that the methods by which people were divided and the ways in which the categories were filled with peoples are things to be mourned.

Let Our Loss Be Heardtells the story of Robert and Margaret Garner and her four children, an enslaved family living in Richwood, Kentucky.  On January 28, 1856 the family crossed the frozen Ohio River into Cincinnati in search of freedom. When the family was caught, Margaret tried to kill all her children and then herself rather than return to enslavement. Margaret managed to wound three of her children and kill her 2-year old daughter.  According to newspaper reports Margaret was mulatto and her four children were considered mulatto. Two of the children appeared “nearly- white,” and “light enough to show a red tinge in the cheeks.”Let Our Loss Be Heardexplores this tragedy that our nation has yet to address and process. Most notably, our country has no narrative to process the different complexions of the family members. Our country also has no narrative about how the Garner family’s “white” ancestry affected Margaret, her children and their relationship to Robert.

Our understanding of race and racial categories is strengthened with the telling of this tragic story. By telling the story of the Garner family, we explore and acknowledge the unexplored and unresolved emotions upon which the racial categories Black and White were formed. If the Garner Story can find its way into hearts and minds then their story has the power to transform:

  • the way we think and feel about race
  • the way we carry ourselves and act when around different race-labeled peoples and
  • our identities as Americans –specifically that there is something that all Americans share – the experience of being racialized or systematically divided into unequally valued categories we have come to think of as races

The evening will feature comments by Dr. Joan Ferrante, Founder and Director of the MCRC Project, as well as other members of the Project’s creative and production team.  Dr. Ferrante is Professor of Sociology at Northern Kentucky University.

This program is part of the Justice Ministry’s Just Des(s)erts series which routinely features speakers and other program material acompanied by coffee, dessert and conversation. Programs are free and open to all.  Visit hydeparkchurch.org/justicefor further information.

YWCA “Real Reads” Engages Cincinnati in Discussion of Racism

YWCA Greater Cincinnati is partnering with local libraries, bookstores and universities to present community conversations across the Cincinnati region exploring the effects of interpersonal and structural racism on our culture and society. In our efforts to end racial and religious profiling, Real Reads offers an opportunity to read, talk and listen to others, to engage in real talk and connectacross differences.



The Hate U Give

To kick off 2020 the Y has chosen a popular book that has been made into an acclaimed movie. Angie Thomas’ book, The Hate U Give,found a wide audience among young adults and provides enlightened reading for adults as well.  Join other community members in exploring Ms. Thomas’ bold examination of the complexities of race in America through the story of sixteen-year-old Starr Carter.  Follow Carter’s world-shattering experience when she becomes a key witness in the shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer.

Read the book then join others in discussion.  Discussions are scheduled throughout February and March culminating in a showing of the feature film of the same title on March 31.  Detailed scheduling is as follows.  Check the Y’s website for any updates https://www.ywcacincinnati.org/what-we-do/racial-justice/real-reads-regional-book-discussions/.  There are also materials available if you want to read and discuss the book in an existing group.

February 4, 2020 – 6-8:00 p.m.

College Hill Library, 1400 W. North Bend Road, 45224 

February 8, 2020 – 2-4:00 p.m.

Covedale Library, 4980 Glenway Ave, 45238

February 15, 2020 – 2-4:00 p.m.

Norwood Community Center, 1810 Courtland Ave, 45212 

February 20, 2020 – 5-7:00 p.m.

Mercantile Library, 414 Walnut Street, #1100, 45202

February 25, 2020 – 6-8:00 p.m.

Bond Hill Library, 1740 Langdon Farm Road at Jordan Crossing, 45237

March 3, 2020 – 6-8:00 p.m.

Covington Library, 502 Scott Blvd, Covington, KY 41011

March 5, 2020 – 6-8:00 p.m.

Joseph Beth Bookstore Rookwood, 2692 Madison Road, 45208

March 12, 2020 – 6-8:00 p.m.

Forest Park Library, 655 Waycross Road, 45240

March 21, 20202-4:00 p.m.

Joseph Beth Bookstores Rookwood, 2692 Madison Road, 45208

March 28, 20202-4:00 p.m.

North Central Library, 11109 Hamilton Ave, 45231

The Hate U Give” Film Screening and Panel Discussion:

March 31, 2020 – 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Xaviers Gallagher Student Center Arrupe Overlook