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Chicago-Area Pastor Whose Church Is ‘Fasting From Whiteness’ For Lent Speaks | Roland Martin


Lent, the 40 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter, is when Christians fast from something. It signifies the 40-days Jesus fasted in the desert, enduring the temptation of Satan as he was preparing to begin His ministry.

The pastor of a suburban Chicago church decided his church would fast from “whiteness.”

The First United Church of Oak Park in Chicago posted this message:

Fasting from Whiteness, This Lent we build our worship life around Black people, Indigenous people, and people of color.

Many called the fast divisive and racist.

Reverend John Edgerton, the Lead Pastor of First United Church of Oak Park spoke with Roland Martin during Tuesday’s edition of #RolandMartinUnfiltered about his congregation’s fast from whiteness.

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