We, as faith leaders who serve and oversee congregations throughout suburban Chicago, speak with a united voice in support of a Fair Tax, with lower rates for lower incomes and higher rates for higher incomes. God's call for justice compels us to work for change to Springfield's unjust tax and budgeting process, a system that hurts families in middle- and low-income communities across Illinois.
With this issue, we are bringing you a new logo for what you have known as “The Common Good News.” It reflects the fact that Protestants for the Common Good is now the Policy department within the Community Renewal Society (CRS) working in parallel with CRS’s Organizing department. “Faith in Action” acknowledges our longstanding commitment to advance justice through faithful action “for the Common Good.” The theology that undergirds our work continues to be a centerpiece of this e-mail publication.
Summer is almost here, and we are going to take a bit of a break during the summer months. We will publish The Common Good News on June 13, July 11, and August 8. We will resume our regular schedule on September 12.
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.
CRS is pleased to announce that Rev. Alexander Sharp has been named the Acting Executive Director of Community Renewal Society (CRS) while we continue our national search for a permanent Executive Director. Rev. Sharp comes to CRS with a long and distinguished history of work with faith-based progressive organizations.