The Martin Luther King Faith in Action Assembly is a keystone event for CRS. This annual event affords the opportunity for congregations and organizations, clergy and layity, veteran activists and those new to the work to come together for a moment of assembly, accountability, and action. The Organizing and Policy teams are proud to celebrate our 8th year of coming together to honor the memory of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s commitment to faith in action and invite you to make a personal commitment.
On January 15, nearly 700 people of faith came from all over Chicagoland to gather together at Old St. Patrick's Church. Represented were 48 member congregations, including 15 Christian denominations, as well as Jewish and Unitarian traditions.
Troy LaRaviere gave the keynote address. Seven Chicago aldermen participated in our accountability session, focusing on support for the 14 recommendations presented by the Coalition for Police Contracts Accountability (CPCA). And, for the first time, CRS hosted a Gubernatorial Candidate Forum, in which five Democratic candidates and one Republican participated. Of the many candidate forums occurring across the state, we were one of the very few to include Republican participation.
Through the snow, we all came together to honor King's vision for a just life for all who live in this country. View our Facebook Album. People not only gave of their time but also of their talents and treasure. Leaders and volunteers served in every capacity, from directing moments with alderman and governor candidates to greeting all who entered the building. We're grateful to Urban Village Church for providing an awesome musical experience and for the many volunteers from Old St. Patrick's Church who went over and above in their service. Read the media coverage.
We were very blessed to have over 150 people give financially to the justice work of CRS. We praise God that we came within $300 of our $6,000 goal in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. If you weren’t able to give at the Assembly, but want to further the work of Dr. King as a supporter of Community Renewal Society, it's not too late to contribute.
Thanks to all who shared in the Martin Luther King Faith in Action Assembly with us, and to the aldermen and candidates who came and offered commitments to their communities. We look forward to seeing you again as we prepare for our 135th Anniversary and Awards Celebration and Day of Faith at the Capitol in April.
We are CRS!
Andrea Hall, Director of Organizing and Saeed Richardson, Director of Policy