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December 2017

Speak Truth to Power Exhibit

December 10, 2017 - June 24, 2018
Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, 9603 Woods Dr.
Skokie, IL 60077 United States
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Highlights the experiences of fifty courageous Upstanders from around the world to educate students and others about human rights, and urge them to take action. The exhibition is based on the book of the same name by Kerry Kennedy, President of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, and Pulitzer prize winning photojournalist Eddie Adams.

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January 2018

Race: Are We So Different?

January 29 @ 9:30 am - July 15 @ 4:30 pm
Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614 United States
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$16

Exhibit developed by the American Anthropological Association in collaboration with the Science Museum of Minnesota, it is the first national exhibition to tell the stories of race from the biological, cultural, and historical points of view. Combining these perspectives offers an unprecedented look at race and racism in the United States.

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April 2018

Beyond Bridges

April 8 - May 13
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 1125 Franklin St.
Downers Grove, IL 60615 United States
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Free

A peacebuilding interfaith contemporary art exhibition. Features the work of 21 Arab, Persian and Jewish artists from 11 countries and from the three primary monotheistic faith backgrounds: Islam, Christianity and Judaism. Through their creativity, the artists urge us to focus on what we have in common in our creeds and cultures as the foundation for the future of our world. At a time when stereotypes and media hype are increasing an ever-widening divide between the Middle East and West, Beyond…

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Lettie

April 22 @ 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614 United States
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$60

A world premiere play about Lettie, a formerly incarcerated woman who is re-entering society while staying at "Grace House!" After serving seven years in prison, Lettie is released and struggles to make a fresh start. Her children, who have been cared for by her half-sister, want little to do with her. Her re-entry job is anything but gentle as she takes on the dark, harsh world of welding. Trying again and again to create a non-criminal life, Lettie is confronted…

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Taking Action for Criminal Justice: Addressing the Causes and Effects of Mass Incarceration

April 22 @ 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
St. Chrysostom Episcopal Church, 1424 North Dearborn Ave.
Chicago, IL 60610 United States
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Free

Workshops on opportunities to get involved in criminal justice reform and in addressing the needs of those caught up in the system. In four winter programs we learned about how various elements of the criminal justice system in Illinois and the rest of the United States contribute to putting more people in prison and in jail than public safety requires. This mass incarceration, and the life-long restrictions and control that follow, disproportionally damage the lives of people of color and…

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Creating a Culture of Mercy: Pope Francis as a Merciful Leader

April 22 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Dominican University Lund Auditorium, 7900 W. Division St.
River Forest, IL 60305 United States
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$10

John Allen, Jr. This lecture will explore how Pope Francis’ unique leadership style and tone have inspired both Catholics and non-Catholics to consider the virtue of mercy in new ways. Pope Francis claims that mercy “commits everyone to being instruments of justice, reconciliation and peace.”  

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Our Chicago: The Fight and Future of Fair Housing at 50

April 28 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Roosevelt University – Wabash Building, 425 S. Wabash Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Free

A one-day community summit marking the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Fair Housing Act, which was adopted one week after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Advocates, experts, and community members will convene to learn our history, share tools, and organize together for equity and justice. Free childcare will be provided. Register for free at https://tinyurl.com/FHA50CHI      The community summit includes a lunchtime keynote session featuring WBEZ's Natalie Moore; interactive exhibits; a children’s program on fair housing; know-your-rights…

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May 2018

Restoring Family

May 2 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Floating World Gallery, 1925 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60614 United States
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$50

Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation Annual Gathering. Join us for an evening of wine and cheese, silent auction, kinship award and storytelling! This is our only fundraiser event of the year, so even if you are unable to attend you can still give. We appreciate the support very much!

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Screenagers

May 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Wilmette Theater, 1122 Central Ave.
Wilmette, IL 60091 United States
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$10

A screening of this award-winning film that probes the vulnerable corners of family life and depicts messy struggles over social media, video games and academics, offering solutions on how we can help our kids navigate the digital world. 

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Understanding Honduras

May 14 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
8th Day Center for Justice, 205 W. Monroe St.
Chicago, IL 60606 United States
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Free

Learn about the rapidly worsening humanitarian crisis in Honduras from the people living there.  Padre Melo and a delegation of victims and human rights defenders from Honduras will testify about the rising repression in Honduras and call for peace and justice. RSVP by May 12 to JoAnne Harbert Bhati at joanne@8thdaycenter.org, or by calling 312-641-5151, ext.116. This event is free and open to the public.

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In Pursuit of Justice

May 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sacred Heart Parish Center, Burr & Gage Rd.
Winnetka, IL 60093 United States
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Featuring Fr. Michael Pfleger, pastor of St. Sabina parish in Chicago. Brought to you by the Sacred Heart Parish Adult Formation Team. Pizza, snacks and adult beverages will be served. Join us & bring a friend. Parking is available in the Church parking lot located at 1077 Tower Road.

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Walk with Christ: Encounter. Accompany. Proclaim.

May 30 - June 2
Hyatt Regency O’Hare, 9300 Bryn Mawr Ave
Rosemont, IL 60018 United States
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The annual Gathering of the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership and the National Association for Lay Ministry. Plan to participate in THE professional development conference for catechetical leaders.  Join members of NCCL, the Federation for Catechesis with Hispanics and NALM for a collaborative conference experience! The National Conference for Catechetical Leadership brings together experts in evangelization and catechesis from parishes, academic institutions, publishers and resource providers, and diocesan ministry.  The gathering offers opportunities for prayer, rejuvenation, formation and networking.

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August 2018

8th Day Center for Justice Final Celebration

August 18 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Loyola University Lakeshore Campus Mundelein Auditorium, 1020 W. Sheridan Rd.
Chicago, IL 60660 United States
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Free
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September 2018

Freedom Sunday

September 23

Freedom Sunday is an event organized by the International Justice Mission (IJM) to invite congregations to learn about slavery and partner with IJM to end it. Find out more here: https://ijm.org/freedom-sunday-2018

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