Faith Reflections

Faith Reflections

Contributing authors and speakers share their insights on matters of faith and the community.

Pray for Orlando

We pray for those who are grieving because of the tragedy in Orlando. We stand in solidarity with our fellow members of the human family in the LGBTQ, Muslim, Latino, and other communities affected. We join with other religious leaders in Chicago and the sentiments expressed in this letter from the Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago.

Father Larry Dowling, pastor of St. Agatha's Catholic Church and leader with the Reclaim Campaign, has a vision for using restorative justice to help restore individuals to his west side community through forgiveness and healing.

At the end of a legislative season with few victories we must lament. The process of lament can feel much like a funeral. It feels like death. The story of Elisha reminds us that death can produce life.

Quintin Williams, a leader of FORCE (Fighting to Overcome Records and Create Equality), reflects on his experience at CRS' Day of Faith at the Capitol where he witnessed the immense power in collective, unified "faith in action."

CRS leader Mark Froseth at Joy! Lutheran Church in Gurnee supports a fair tax because he cares for our children and for those who experience poverty.

At its most recent meeting on December 11, 2013, the Board of Directors of Community Renewal Society approved this Declaration of Faith. Acting Executive Director Alexander Sharp commends it to you with a few introductory comments and observations.

Rev. Phil Blackwell shared this powerful prophetic vision for our community at the Mayor's Clergy Prayer Breakfast.

Russell Cunningham, a CRS leader and member of the Reclaim Campaign from First Baptist Congregational Church in Chicago, gave the following testimony at the Reclaim Campaign Launch on November 7, 2013.

Good evening.  My name is Russell Cunningham.  I want to thank God for allowing me to be here tonight.

I am a father of two kids, 10 and 8, and I support the Reclaim Campaign because I’ve experienced the injustice of our court system first hand.

"Chi-raq" is a nickname given to Chicago because the violence epidemic resembles a war zone similar to Iraq. KeAnn Mays-LeNoir testifies about how CRS' recently launched Reclaim Campaign can make a life saving difference for Chicago's youth.

A good public education has long been considered to be the bedrock of our democracy and our economy, and both are currently in trouble.

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