It’s with bittersweet emotions, that I announce that Susan Richardson is leaving The Chicago Reporter after more than four years as editor and publisher. Under her leadership, the Reporter has hit many high marks – from national awards for its investigative journalism to praise for its police settlement database to unprecedented fundraising success. Her contributions to the Reporter and Community Renewal Society will be greatly missed, but we are happy for Susan as she starts her next chapter.

Community Renewal Society is now accepting applications for grants from the Don Benedict Fund. The purpose of this fund is to honor the memory of former Executive Director Don Benedict by funding innovative pilot projects within Illinois which address a major urban issue effectively in a 3-5 year period. Priority will be given to projects within the Chicago metropolitan area.

I first heard of Community Renewal Society through the prison ministry at Trinity United Church of Christ. I went online and saw that CRS was doing things that I wanted to do. I give to CRS because it’s right here making a difference in Chicago and Illinois.

Community Renewal Society provides assistance to individuals through a fund entitled the Emaroy June Smith Fund.  Under the terms of the will, the fund is used “to meet the needs of retired ministers, missionaries, their [spouses] or [survivors], Christian workers and others who have worked along the line of educational or social welfare work.” Gifts from the fund go to help those with very low income who struggle with the basic necessities such as rent, food, medical expenses and other costs.

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The book examines the beginning of President Obama’s campaign to his eight years in office, through the lens of a young, aspiring writer and journalist, Coates.  The collection of essays brings a different perspective on power, one I wasn't aware of before reading.  — Kristine Scott, Director of Development and Communications

First Baptist Church

It seems as if every month we are making a statement regarding another attack of mass violence. Words that continue to play in our minds over and over are “how long, oh Lord, how long?” Exactly how long is long enough?

Thank you for your commitment to dismantling racism and poverty in our communities. Like you, we are determined to advocate for change until we live in a society free of hate, poverty, racism, and violence, where all are given the opportunity to live up to their God-given potential. To this end, we are excited to share with you highlights from our recent Annual Membership Assembly (AMA). We encourage you to learn more about our new Platform for Renewal and register for workshops and events that will equip you to advance the work of justice.

CRS honored leaders who exemplify commitment to faith and justice with the 2017 AMA Awards.


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