Faith & Democracy


When Jesus threatens to open up the tomb where his beloved friend Lazarus had been placed, the dead man's sister, Martha, objects.

You have the opportunity right now to make a phone call that could change the political culture of Illinois.

I couldn’t tell whether the message on the marquee in front of the church I passed was a sermon title or one of those witty aphorisms intended to be the religious “thought of the day” – a version of populist Gnosticism where the insiders get it and like it, and the outsiders are amused by its pithy piety but quickly forget it–if they bother to read it.

Chicago, IL: Please Join PCG, other human service providers and advocacy organizations as we launch a state-wide effort to repair Illinois’ budget. This kick-off event will be held at the Spertus Institute, 610 S. Michigan Ave, beginning at 1pm. For more information Maya Tillman at 773-697-6137. To spread the word, download the flier.

Chicago, IL: Join staff of Protestants for the Common Good as we participate in the launch of End Demand Illinois, a campaign to reform the way the state responds to sex trafficking and prostitution. The event will take place from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency, 151 East Wacker. Having worked with End Demand Illinois for the past year, PCG congratulates our steering committee colleagues on the official launch of this important campaign. The event is free and open to all.

How do we come to terms with a Governor's veto just last week of what seemed
like the best chance of political reform in the history of our state; a new
state budget that is shredding our social safety net in Illinois; a national
health care debate, that as characterized in this space two weeks ago, has
turned "ugly, very ugly"?

During worship one recent Sunday, the pastor encouraged the worshipers to take a few moments following the service to step into the fellowship hall and sign a petition on health care reform to be forwarded to representatives and senators in Washington. This request followed some remarks made by the pastor on the inequalities in health care services ...

It was not surprising last Sunday when members of the church where I worship came to me and said, with pain in their voices, "What can we do about the state budget?"


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