Over 1,500 faith and community leaders rallied on Monday to honor the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the annual Community Renewal Society Faith in Action Assembly, held in First Baptist Congregational Church on Chicago’s West Side.
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.
A nagging question: what are those in the U.S. Congress teaching our children? – those, that is, who are shutting down the government and threatening to refuse the raising of the national debt ceiling, under the threat of national and world-wide economic havoc?
SPRINGFIELD – Today, 500 clergy, people of faith, and youth converged on the State Capitol to call on the Illinois General Assembly to enact common sense gun legislation to stop illegal gun trafficking and decrease gun deaths. At the end of the day, the group overflowed the Capitol Rotunda in a “die-in.” Community Renewal Society Activists, wearing the names of the more than 400 people killed by gun violence in Chicago last year, lay down on the floor of the Capitol. The activists hummed “Amazing Grace” as the names of the victims were read aloud by youth from the Chicago area.
President Obama opined that “the world has lost one of the great champions of freedom and liberty, and America has lost a true friend.” He was referring to the death of the Iron Lady, the former British Prime Minister, Baroness Margaret Thatcher, on April 8. Maybe he should have said that our nation lost a “true half-friend” with her passing.