A word from the Executive Director: Deeply Rooted in Renewal

Rev. Curtiss Paul DeYoung

Deeply Rooted in Renewal

On behalf of the board and staff of Community Renewal Society, I want to thank you for your support and commitment to our work.  This year marks 134 years of working to create the beloved community through addressing issues of justice through the lens of race and poverty. Our roots go deep into the ongoing life of residents of Chicagoland through the years.

Yet we are living in a changing world. Our fight for justice takes on many issues, strategies and tactics.  As the world changes, Community Renewal Society must commit to self-reflection.  We must examine how we move in power and peace, how we engage, how we train, and, most of all, how we listen to our communities.  Our roots must not only go deep, but we must also broaden our understanding of how we live out God’s love and call to justice with each other. Over the next few months, CRS will listen to our communities, our stakeholders, and our donors.  We want to grow and be more responsive as an organization to better serve God’s people in this new season. 

Community Renewal Society’s unique role is that of a faith-based organization that uses a variety of tactics—including investigative journalism, community organizing, advocacy, and the training of civic leaders, community activists and congregations—to accomplish our goal of a more just society.  At the beginning of the 20th century, CRS helped create infrastructure for newly arrived immigrants through the founding of churches, schools and settlement houses. During the 1930s our network of congregations worked with government agencies to create solutions to deepening social and economic problems of the time. In the 1960s, CRS served side-by-side with Dr. Martin Luther King and Chicago civil rights activists to promote racial equality.

Today, CRS works through its Organizing and Policy programs, as well as its two award winning publications—Catalyst Chicago and The Chicago Reporter—to expose injustice and advocate for change.  In this season, I ask that you stay connected to us. We need to hear your voice so we can emerge stronger and even better than before.

Your continued financial support of Community Renewal Society is important to this mission.  It adds volume to the voices of those too often overlooked.  Please consider a gift to Community Renewal Society today to ensure that the work of building strong communities continues.  For your convenience, you can donate online!  Whatever the amount please know that it is appreciated.        

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