From the Executive Director

In the past days, three children—2 year old Lavontay, 11 year old Takiya, and 12 year old Kenari—were killed in Chicago.

Last week the new Trump administration took executive action to expand the U.S.-Mexico border wall, increase the powers of immigration law enforcement and cut federal funding for sanctuary cities. Just two days later, the administration announced further action to halt the acceptance of refugees and discriminate against Muslim refugees seeking asylum.

Community Renewal Society

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”

Rev. Curtiss Paul DeYoung

My soul is in anguish.
     How long, O Lord, how long? (Psalm 6:3)


How long will the killing of African Americans by police officers continue? The killings of Alton Sterling from Louisiana and Philando Castile from Minnesota cause us once again to pause, grieve, swear, and scream. The seemingly endless, brutal attacks on black bodies is not acceptable.

We are deeply disturbed by comments from presidential candidates who call for a ban on Muslims entering the US, and religious leaders who encourage people to arm themselves against Muslims. CRS members stand united against such prejudice and hate.

Rev. Curtiss DeYoung

We are at a pivotal moment in the fight for civil rights and I wanted to share my reflections more personally.  Please take a moment to watch the video below, and know that we wish you a happy holiday season and a fantastic new year!


Rev. Curtiss Paul DeYoung

As the father of an African­ American son, I was shocked by the shooting death of Michael Brown in
Ferguson, Mo.

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