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June 2017

Re-imagine Justice for Emerging Adults

June 16, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Lawndale Christian Conference Center, 3750 W. Ogden Ave. 4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60623 United States
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Emerging adulthood is increasingly recognized as a distinct period of life, much like adolescence, with profound implications for adulthood. The justice system can help by treating conflict with the law through diversion, community alternatives and restorative justice - or can hurt by the stigmatization of an adult criminal record that is a barrier to employment and education. This summit will examine Illinois' history of addressing emerging adult issues and best practices for the emerging adult population. This event is designed…

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Peace Starts Here, Annual End of School Year Rally and Peace March

June 16, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
St. Sabina Parish, 1210 W. 78th Place
Chicago, IL 60620 United States
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Together we can save our kids. Together we can stand for justice. Together we can rebuild our communities. Together we can make Black Lives Matter. Cardinal Blaise Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, will attend.

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Women’s Demonstration to Ban the Bomb

June 17, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Federal Plaza, 230 South Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60604 United States
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Last year 123 countries voted in the UN General Assembly to ban nuclear weapons. Negotiations began this March, which the US and other nuclear weapons possessors have boycotted. Chemical weapons, biological weapons, and land-mines have all been banned, Women Ban the Bomb is a women-led initiative building on the momentum of movements at the forefront of the resistance, including the Women’s March. It will bring together people of all genders, sexual orientations, ages, races, abilities, nationalities, cultures, faiths, political affiliations…

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Muslim Discussion

June 20, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wilmette Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave.
Wilmette, IL 60091 United States
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Featuring Ahlam Mahmood, Iraqi Muslim, a refugee from Syria, a political prisoner, a mother, wife a new American, and subject of the upcoming book, A Disappearance in Damascus.

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Before the Flood

June 22, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
St. Francis Xavier Parish, Xavier Room, 524 9th St.
Wilmette, IL 60091 United States
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The Science is Clear, The Future is Not. Documentary & Discussion. This National Geographic documentary follows Leonardo DiCaprio as he travels the world to examine firsthand the effects of climate change and meets with President Barak Obama, Pope Francis and Elon Musk to learn more about possible ways to prevent catastrophic damage to the environment.

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The Conscience Monologues: Women’s Stories of Conscience in the Catholic Church

June 25, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Piper Hall, Loyola University, 970 W. Sheridan Rd.
Chicago, IL United States
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$10

Women share their stories of conscience within the Catholic Church, using the following definition of conscience: “The still small voice within each person, a soul voice that speaks from our essence and guides our lives.” Parking entrance at 1032 W Sheridan. Doors open at 1:30 Q&A and light refreshments to follow the 1-hour performance. Suggested donations: $10-$50 Your gift covers payment to our actors and a donation to 8th Day center. Reservations required due to a 50-person capacity. Please contact…

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Protectors of God’s Handiwork

June 27, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Sacred Heart Convent, 2221 Elmwood Ave.
Wilmette, IL 60091 United States
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We invite you to join us in our annual tradition of gathering around our peace pole. Uniting with persons from all walks of life, cultures and faith traditions, we are Pilgrims of Truth and Pilgrims of Peace, building a culture of peace and vigilant care for our Mother, “sister earth." Our “Pilgrimage of Blessing” will take place in various spaces around and inside Sacred Heart Convent; it will begin outdoors near the gazebo on the south side of the building.…

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July 2017

We All Need Peace Exhibit

July 16, 2017
Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, 9603 Woods Dr.
Skokie, IL 60077 United States
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Through colorful, cut paper images from artist Ingrid Hess and writer Patti Vick, explores why we need peace and find ways to be peacemakers in our world. Closes July 16, 2017.

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The Age of Consequences: Climate. Change. Conflict.

July 19, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Wilmette Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave.
Wilmette, IL 60091 United States
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The film discusses how climate change impacts resource scarcity, migration and conflict through the lens of US national security and global stability. Whether a long-term vulnerability or sudden shock, unpacks how water and food shortages, drought, extreme weather and sea level rise function as "accelerants of instability" and "catalysts for conflict" in volatile regions of the world with grave implications for peace and security in the 21st century.

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Advancing the Kingdom of God in the 21st Century

July 19, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Old St. Patrick Parish, 711 W. Monroe St.
Chicago, IL 60661 United States
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Tony Magliano

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The Age of Consequences: Climate. Change. Conflict.

July 23, 2017 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Evanston Library, 1703 Orrington Ave
Evanston, IL 60201 United States
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The film discusses how climate change impacts resource scarcity, migration and conflict through the lens of US national security and global stability. Whether a long-term vulnerability or sudden shock, unpacks how water and food shortages, drought, extreme weather and sea level rise function as "accelerants of instability" and "catalysts for conflict" in volatile regions of the world with grave implications for peace and security in the 21st century.

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Wilmette Faith Leader Environment Discussion

July 27, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Wilmette Community Church, 1020 Forest Ave.
Wilmette, IL 60091 United States
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Share what's happening in your faith community and learn from each others stories. Explore ways of building awareness, inspiring and acting in worship services, in the worship space and grounds in connection with other faith communities in Wilmette. Thoughts for the dialogue: What changes have you made to your place of worship that honor earth and natural resources? What is your faith group currently doing about earth care? How have people gotten involved? Top down? Congregation initiative? Both? What ways…

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August 2017

Anti-Violence Workshop

August 26, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Old St. Mary’s Parish, 1500 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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September 2017

Faith in Action Peace Walk

September 2, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
St. Clare of Montefalco Parish, 5443 S. Washtenaw Ave.
Chicago, IL 60632 United States
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Free

Join Warriors Of Peace, Jeremiah Youth Group and Parish Peace Project for the 1st ever community walk against violence in the Gage Park Community. Neighborhoods are becoming too violent. People are losing their lives due to the increasing violence and crime. As the growing voice of the community, they are raising awareness about the recurring violence, providing anti-violence alternatives, and most importantly creating unity among the members of the Gage Park Community. They will honor the Martinez Family with a…

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Anti-Violence Workshop

September 2, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Our Lady Gate of Heaven, 2330 East 99th St.
Chicago, IL 60617 United States
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Justice in the Workplace

September 6, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Muslim Education Center, 8601 Menard Ave.
Morton Grove, IL 60053 United States
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Free

A panel discussion about the value of a worker from a religious perspective and what the reality for minorities is today. The focus will be on how class, gender, race, disability and other factors can affect our access to meaningful work and fair compensation.  Below is a list of our esteemed speakers: Suzanne Akhras, Executive Director of the Syrian Community Network, http://syriancommunitynetwork.org/ Jeff Alexrod, Wilmette Social Justice Team, https://wilmettejusticeteam.com/ Erendira Rendon, a DACA student, Resurrection Project, http://resurrectionproject.org/ Rebecca Shi, Executive Director on Immigration…

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Understanding and Analyzing Systemic Racism Workshop

September 7, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Maria Kaupas Center, 2740 West 68th St.
Chicago, IL 60629 United States
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$450

This 3 day event will provide an in-depth look at race and racism in the United States. Individuals and institutional leaders responsible for diversity and social justice will appreciate the exploration of the historical development of systemic racism and its continuing effects in our society.  Participants will examine ongoing realities of racism including the identity-shaping power racism has on People of Color and White people; explore racism’s individual, institutional and cultural manifestations; and consider the link between racism and other forms of…

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Understanding and Analyzing Systemic Racism

September 8, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
Maria Kaupas Center, 2740 West 68th St.
Chicago, IL 60629 United States
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$450

This 3 day event will provide an in-depth look at race and racism in the United States. Individuals and institutional leaders responsible for diversity and social justice will appreciate the exploration of the historical development of systemic racism and its continuing effects in our society.  Participants will examine ongoing realities of racism including the identity-shaping power racism has on People of Color and White people; explore racism’s individual, institutional and cultural manifestations; and consider the link between racism and other forms of…

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Exodus World Services Run/Walk for Refugees

September 9, 2017 @ 6:30 am - 10:30 am
Kildeer School, 3100 Old McHenry Road
Long Grove, IL 60047 United States
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A family-friendly day of fun benefiting refugees through the Long Grove historic business district and country roads. Receive a free t-shirt, goody bag and pancake breakfast. Water and aid stations provided. Kids under 12 are free.

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Run/Walk for Refugees

September 9, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
KIldeer School, 3100 Old McHenry Road
Long Grove, IL 60047 United States
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A 5K chip-timed race or 3K walk through the Long Grove historic business district and country roads. Receive a free t-shirt, goody bag and pancake breakfast. Water and aid stations provided.

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Understanding and Analyzing Systemic Racism

September 9, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Maria Kaupas Center, 2740 West 68th St.
Chicago, IL 60629 United States
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$450

This 3 day event will provide an in-depth look at race and racism in the United States. Individuals and institutional leaders responsible for diversity and social justice will appreciate the exploration of the historical development of systemic racism and its continuing effects in our society.  Participants will examine ongoing realities of racism including the identity-shaping power racism has on People of Color and White people; explore racism’s individual, institutional and cultural manifestations; and consider the link between racism and other forms of…

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Ministry on the Margins Webinar

September 12, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Rev. James Martin S.J. will offer practical insights and suggestions, based on his new book Building a Bridge, How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion and Sensitivity.

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32nd Hunger Walk

September 16, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Jackson Park Chicago, IL United States + Google Map

The Hunger Walk route is two miles long. Funds raised by the Hunger Walk support a local network of food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters fighting hunger every day throughout Cook County. Over 31 years, the Hunger Walk has grown into the area’s largest anti-hunger rally and a strong symbol of our shared belief that no one should go hungry. Last year's event brought 12,000 walkers to the lakeshore to raise funds and awareness for the fight against hunger in…

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Life & Justice Conference

September 16, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
St. John Brebeuf Parish, 8307 North Harlem Ave.
Chicago, IL 60714 United States
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$25

Celebrate International Mission Support, Respect Life, Peace and Justice, Human Concerns, Catholic Relief Services and the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. There will be opportunities to engage in educational workshops, receive tools & resources and participate in a closing liturgy.

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Minimum Wage/Paid Sick Days Suburban Activists Awards Dinner

September 17, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
First United Methodist Church, 666 Graceland Ave.
Des Plaines, IL United States
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A thank you to all the people who worked in Cook County suburbs to stop City and Village boards from taking away minimum wage increases and paid sick days from low wage workers. Leaders will be coming from all suburbs where campaigns took place, not just our Northshore communities--Oak Park, Berwyn, LaGrange, Arlington Heights and many more. The dinner will be catered by Hel's Kitchen. The dinner will also raise the question for discussion of what comes next. Congresswoman Jan…

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Counting on Progress

September 26, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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An exceptional evening to support the work and mission of Center of Economic Progress.

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Standing in Solidarity

September 27, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Misericordia Home, 6300 N. Ridge Ave.
Chicago, IL 60660 United States
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The Interfaith Committee for Detained Immigrants (ICDI) 10th Anniversary Celebration

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8th Day Center for Justice Gala of Gratitude

September 30, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Unitarian Church of Evanston, 1330 Ridge Ave.
Evanston, IL 60201 United States
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Center of Concern Oktoberfest

September 30, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Park Ridge Country Club, 636 Prospect St.
Park Ridge, IL 60068 United States
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$60

German Beer Garden & Buffet Dinner, Live Music, Dancing, Auction, Raffle & Games. Proceeds support services provided by the Center to older adults, the disabled and others in need.

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October 2017

Understanding Islam in a Challenging Environment: An Interfaith Workshop

October 1, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
DuPage Unitarian Universalist Church, 1828 Old Naperville Rd.
Naperville, IL 60563 United States
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In order to be able to work effectively with one another across faiths, we need to not only understand Islam, we need to be able to understand religions in its social/political environment. The purpose of this two session workshop is to provide strategies for engaging in deep, meaningful interfaith dialogue. Azam Nizamuddin will facilitate this workshop.  Mr. Nizamuddin is an attorney and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Theology at Loyola University Chicago where he teaches courses on Islam, and…

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Understanding Islam in a Challenging Environment: An Interfaith Workshop

October 8, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
DuPage Unitarian Universalist Church, 1828 Old Naperville Rd.
Naperville, IL 60563 United States
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In order to be able to work effectively with one another across faiths, we need to not only understand Islam, we need to be able to understand religions in its social/political environment. The purpose of this two session workshop is to provide strategies for engaging in deep, meaningful interfaith dialogue. Azam Nizamuddin will facilitate this workshop.  Mr. Nizamuddin is an attorney and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Theology at Loyola University Chicago where he teaches courses on Islam, and…

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Care of the Earth Interfaith Celebration

October 8, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
St. Francis Woods Motherhouse, 9201 W. St. Francis Rd.
Frankfurt, IL 60423 United States
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$20
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DACA Repeal in the Suburbs: Local Impact, Local Resistance

October 8, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Prairie View Community Center, 6834 W. Dempster St.
Morton Grove, IL United States
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Featuring speakers from the National Immigrant Justice Center, Jan Schakowsky, potentially Sen. Dick Durbin, representatives of the Illinois AG's office, and more.  The focus will be on discussing the local impact of DACA being rescinded in the community, what steps those affected can still take to protect their rights, and what other concerned community members can do to help those affected on the local, state and national levels.

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What the Qur’an Meant: And Why It Matters

October 12, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Evanston Township High School, 1600 Dodge St.
Evanston, IL 60201 United States
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Free

Featuring Pulitzer- Prize winning historian, writer, and journalist Garry Wills, PhD. Wills is the author of What Jesus Meant, Why I Am a Catholic, and Why Priests? and an Emeritus Professor of History at Northwestern University. He will open an interfaith dialogue examining how the Qur’an has been misinterpreted and exploited: by politicians and pundits, by persons of other faiths unfamiliar with the basic facts of Islam, and by fearful persons who seek to prove that Islam is a religion of violence.…

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What To Do About Gun Violence?

October 13, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
University Club, 76 East Monroe
Chicago, IL 60603 United States
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$25

Experts from around the country on the Second Amendment, local assault weapons bans, the role of guns in suicides, the public health dimension, and initiatives in education and social services will discuss the issues.  Valerie Jarrett, Kim Foxx, Arne Duncan, and Lori Lightfoot are among the participating presenters. 

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Solidarity March for Peace

October 14, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Federal Plaza, 230 South Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60604 United States
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A day for people to come together to share their love and compassion to call out the hatred and violence that is taking place in our society. This is a day for people of all political and religious affiliations, ethnicities, genders, sexualities, disabilities, ages and every other aspect of a human being. This will be a day for everyone with a compassionate heart and open mind to come together and celebrate love and unity! This will be a non-violent march.…

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On the Peripheries with Migrants and Refugees: How to Effectively Minister Despite Political Challenges

October 17, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

A webinar featuring C. Mario Russell, Director of Catholic Charities New York's Immigrant and Refugee Services Division, as he discusses how people can effectively minister to migrants and refugees despite a challenging and ever-changing political climate.

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The Age of Consequences: How Climate Change Impacts Resource Scarcity, Migration and Conflict Through the Lens of US National Security and Global Stability

October 18, 2017
Univeristy of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Union Cinema, 2200 East Kenwood Boulevard
Milwaukee, WI 53211 United States
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Through case-study analysis, military leaders explain how the stress of climate change interacts with social tensions, sparking conflict. Through long-term vulnerability or sudden shock, shows how water and food shortages, drought, extreme weather, and sea-level rise function as ‘accelerants of instability’ and ‘catalysts for conflict’ in volatile regions of the world. Makes the case that the consequences of business as usual with climate change will be waves of refugees, failed states, terrorism – and will continue to grow in scale…

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Human Trafficking: Breaking the Silence

October 20, 2017 @ 8:15 am - 4:00 pm
University of Wisconsin Parkside, Student Center and Cinema, 900 Wood Road
Kenosha, WI 53144 United States
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$129

An opportunity to learn what human trafficking is, hear first hand testimonials, and discover what can be done to fight it, along with an opportunity to earn 0.5 (5 hours) CEUs.

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Social Justice Day: A Call to Care and Compassion

October 21, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Providence Catholic High School, 1800 W Lincoln Hwy.
New Lenox, IL 60451 United States
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Free

The day will consist of 4 forty-five minute workshops on the following topics: Environment and Care for God’s Creation by Dr. Mark Potosnak of the Catholic Climate Covenant Human Trafficking by Sister Jean Okroi, IBVM, of Illinois Women Religious Against Human Trafficking Immigration by Elena Segura, Archdiocese of Chicago Immigration Ministry Welcoming Refugees by Susan Horgan, Exodus World Service There is no fee to attend, but a free-will offering at the event is welcome. Light snacks will be served. Registration…

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Anti-Violence Workshop

October 21, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
St. Benedict the African Church, 340 W 66th St
Chicago, IL 60621 United States
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Forum: Don’t Look Away – How to Respond to Troubled Relationships

October 24, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
North Riverside Commons, 2401 DesPlaines Ave.
North Riverside, IL United States
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TOPICS: When I Call For Help - A Pastoral Response It's a health issue! Why do they stay? What can I do? Is the law on my side? PRESENTERS: Charles Dahm, OP, Director, Archdiocese of Chicago Domestic Violence Outreach; Miriam Ramirez, BSN, MacNeal Hospital Trauma Coordinator; Kathleen Detwiler, MD, a community physician; and Angelica Lopez, Domestic Violence Legal Clinic attorney will share their perspective on family violence and explain how communities and individuals can supportive those in troubled relationships.  

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Light: Breakthrough Urban Ministries Annual Benefit

October 27, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hyatt Regency O’Hare, 9300 Bryn Mawr Ave
Rosemont, IL 60018 United States
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Celebrate 25 years of Breakthrough making an impact in Chicago. Our theme of "Light" will touch on the powerful stories of transformation and look toward an ever-expanding future. Your support will allow us to continue to shine in East Garfield Park, and to help our work partnering with those affected by poverty to build connections, develop skills, and open doors of opportunity.

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Advocacy Training Workshop

October 28, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Cardinal Meyer Center, 3525 South Lake Park Ave.
Chicago, IL 60653 United States
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Facilitated by Marisa Vertrees, this half day session will focus on the reasons to be engaged in service and advocacy, based on our faith and Catholic Social Teaching, and will provide in depth training on the “how tos” of engaging in advocacy. Topics covered will include aspects of advocacy in the United States, how the Archdiocese of Chicago is engaged in advocacy with the Catholic Conference of Illinois, and how you can become involved in this effort. We will also…

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Immigrant & Refugee Resource Fair

October 28, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mather High School, 5835 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL United States
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Featuring local organizations, universities, and public institutions that provide support and services to the immigrant and refugee communities of Chicago.  There will be information tables and workshops.

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Evanston Lutheran/Catholic Ecumenical Covenant Ceremony & Celebration

October 29, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Chapel at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, 2121 Sheridan Rd.
Evanston, IL 60208 United States
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After a year of preparation, Evanston Catholic and Lutheran churches will celebrate the founding of our ecumenical Covenant. The Covenant will affirm our shared beliefs, acknowledge our differences, and detail our resolutions for how we will come together in our common ministry and missions.

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Then They Came for Me: Incarceration of Japanese Americans During World War II and the Demise of Civil Liberties

October 30, 2017 - November 19, 2017
Alphawood Gallery, 2401 North Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60614 United States
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Free

An exhibit that about the incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans from the West coast to inland desolate regions. There are also weekly programs involving various speakers and daily screening of a new documentary film And Then They Came for Us by Abby Ginzberg and Ken Schneider. This film makes explicit connections between the Japanese American incarceration story and current concerns with regard to the treatment of Muslims and Muslim Americans.

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A Story of Faith, Hope and Forgiveness

October 30, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
De La Salle Institute, 3434 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, 60616 United States
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Immaculee Ilibagiza, a Rwandan genocide survivor, shares her story. "Forgiving the men who killed my parents and brothers was a process, a journey into deeper and deeper prayers." Doors open: 6:30pm Opening acts: 7:00pm Presentation: 7:30pm Book signing: 8:45pm Call 312-842-1919 (x213) Space is limited

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Covenant Renewal — Archdiocese of Chicago and Metropolitan Chicago Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

October 31, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Holy Name Cathedral, 735 N. State St.
Chicago, IL 60654 United States
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Lutherans and Catholics will join Cardinal Cupich and Bishop Miller in renewing the Archdiocese/Synod Ecumenical Covenant. After a year-long ecumenical immersion, they will pray together with the larger Catholic and Lutheran community to become ever more united in Christ.

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November 2017

Yasmina’s Necklace

November 1, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Goodman Theater, 170 N Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60601 United States
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Opening night for a play about an Iraqi artist Yasmina, newly arrived in Chicago from her homeland and hardened about the possibility of finding happiness. But when she meets Sam, a man with his own emotional setbacks, what had seemed unthinkable becomes tantalizingly real. Chicago-based artists playwright Rohina Malik and director Ann Filmer reunite for the downtown debut of Yasmina’s Necklace, following its critically-acclaimed world premiere at 16th Street Theater last year. Runs till Nov 20th. Use the promo code…

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The Power of Grace: The Women of Grace House

November 1, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Christ Church, 784 Sheridan Rd
Winnetka, IL 60093 United States
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$10

In partnership with Grace House, Still Point Facilitator Mars Caulton worked with the women of Grace House for 16 weeks to create this original performance. In sharing their insights on what grace has meant to each of them, the women have built a community of support while building a moving work of art.

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G.K. Chesterton: Prophetic Voice in the Public Square

November 2, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Loyola University Lakeshore Campus Coffey Hall McCormick Lounge Chicago, IL United States + Google Map

Featuring Fr. Ian Boyd, distinguished professor of Catholic studies at Seton Hall University, president of the G.K. Chesterton Institute for Faith & Culture & founder and editor of The Chesterton Review and author of The Novels of G. K. Chesterton.

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Nonviolence Works: A Cultural Change

November 3, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Loyola University Lakeshore Campus Coffey Hall McCormick Lounge Chicago, IL United States + Google Map
Free

A symposium to bring academic, practical and spiritual dimensions of nonviolence together to create sustaining social and cultural change. There will be a keynote address by Kathy Kelly, a final ritual & homily by Rev. George Clements as well as numerous workshops and panels.

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Nonviolence Works: A Cultural Change

November 4, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 8:00 pm
Loyola University, Lake Shore Campus, Damen/Crown Center Chicago, IL United States + Google Map
Free

A symposium to bring academic, practical and spiritual dimensions of nonviolence together to create sustaining social and cultural change. There will be a keynote address by Kathy Kelly, a final ritual & homily by Rev. George Clements as well as numerous workshops and panels.

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Anti-Racism Conference: Building, Growing & Sustaining Community

November 4, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
1150 East 55th St. Chicago, IL United States + Google Map
$105

Keynote speaker: Rami Nashashibi, Executive Director of the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN). Conference Schedule: 8:30am - Gathering, Registration, Coffee & light breakfast 9:00 - Opening/Welcome 9:30 - Keynote: Rami Nashashibi from IMAN 10:30 - BREAK 10:45 - Workshop 12:30pm - LUNCH (Provided) 1:30 - Workshop 3:00 - BREAK 3:15 - Next Steps Session 4:30 - Getting Connected: Social hour with refreshments for relationship building and organizing 6:00 - Adjourn Conference Workshops Sustainable Practices Institutional Organizing 101 Internalizing Racism Faith-based…

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From Protest to Power

November 5, 2017 @ 2:30 pm - 4:45 pm
International Union of Operating Engineers Local 399, 2260 S. Grove St.
Chicago, IL 60616 United States
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An opportunity to come together with around 1,000 other people from the Chicagoland area to explore our present crisis and push legislators to support our vision and policies. Elected officials including (but not limited to) Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, state representatives Will Guzzardi, Theresa Mah, and Christian Mitchell, and U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky will be present. We will also showcase our candidate pipeline, an effort to identify, prepare, and help elect regular folks to public office. We want…

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I Am Not Your Negro

November 5, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Chicago Theological Seminary, 1407 E. 60th St.
Chicago, IL United States
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Free

A screening of the documentary in which writer James Baldwin tells the story of race in modern America. RSVP to chicagoicar@gmail.com if you plan on attending.

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How the Catholic Church Can Heal the Wounds of Racism in our Communities

November 7, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

A webinar featuring Sr. Patricia Chappel, SNDdeN and Ralph McCloud who will discuss their efforts to combat racism and offer insights on how others can be at the forefront of this effort including strategies on how to start a dialogue.

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What to Say, What to Do, When to Act: A Compassionate Response to Mental Health Concerns

November 7, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
St. Francis Xavier Parish, Xavier Room, 524 9th St.
Wilmette, IL 60091 United States
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One in 25 people will experience a serious mental health challenge this year. Rev. Kathy Dale McNair, founder of the mental health ministry Faith, Hope and Recovery Faith Net Coordinator for NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness), will provide greater understanding, sensitivity, support and practical ways to support families and friends dealing with mental illness.  

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Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago, An Exciting Innovation in Jesuit Education

November 8, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
St. Athanasius Parish, Fitzgerald Center, 2510 Ashland Ave.
Evanston, IL United States
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Begun in 2015, Arrupe College's mission is to provide affordable, accessible and achievable college education for a diverse student body with limited financial resources. Upon completing the two-year program, students can expect little or no debt. Isabel Reyes, Arrupe’s admissions director, will describe the concept.

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Social Inclusion Teach-In

November 10, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Hermann Hall Ballroom, 3241 S. Federal St.
Chicago, IL United States
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In the last year, the rights of people that differ from many elected officials in ethnicity, religion, immigration status, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and disability have been under threat. Many people may be familiar with issues affecting their own family and friends, but may be less familiar with similar issues facing others. Illinois Tech is hosting a teach-in to engage the community in a discussion about how to combat threats to social inclusions and brainstorm effective strategies for action. Attendees…

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Chicago Area Peace Action Annual Dinner

November 11, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
St. Francis Xavier Parish, Xavier Room, 524 9th St.
Wilmette, IL 60091 United States
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$125

Featuring keynote speaker, Nancy MacLean, an award winning scholar of U.S. twentieth century history and professor of History and Public Policy at Duke University. She is the author of five books and has received more than a dozen prizes and awards. She has been supported by fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Humanities Center and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowships Foundation. In 2010, she was elected a fellow of the…

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For the Love of Jerusalem: A Holy City for Three Faiths

November 12, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Grace Lutheran Church of LaGrange, 200 N. Catherine Ave.
LaGrange, IL 60525 United States
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An interfaith event bringing together Christians, Muslims and Jews to explore each other's faith and learn from one another what it means to be children of Abraham who equally love Jerusalem. Three exceptional speakers will facilitate the discussion. All are welcome! RSVP online at gracelg.org/jerusalem (Lunch begins at 12:15.)

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DREAMers & Other People of Faith in Conversation

November 12, 2017 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
St. Irenaeus Church, 78 Cherry St.
Park Forest, IL 60466 United States
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In Him There Is No North or South: DREAMers & Other People of Faith in Conversation What is DACA? Why is immigration justice important? How can we all help? Please join us for an afternoon of testimonies and conversation to learn about the immigrant experience and how we can build a community of solidarity, respect, and love. This event is hosted by Park Forest People of Faith, an ecumenical and interfaith group, in collaboration with the Archdiocese of Chicago Office…

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Interfaith Gathering: Build Bridges

November 13, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
St. Luke’s Church, 9233 Shermer
Morton Grove, IL United States
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An ecumenical gathering for mutual support and prayer for our leaders, communities and for those we disagree with. For more information, contact Pastor Elizabeth at elizajon@aol.com or call 847-476-0612.

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Migrant Crossing

November 14, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Regal Webster Place 11, 1471 W. Webster Ave.
Chicago, IL United States
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$20

A screening of a film that documents the lives of migrants who cross Mexico from Central America and the work of La 72. Ramón Marquez, executive director of La 72 and expert on migration issues in the southern Mexico/Northern Triangle region, will present a Q&A session immediately following the screening. His visit to Chicago is part of a US speaking tour. Located approximately 30km from the Guatemalan border in Tenosique, Tabasco and next to the rail line migrants use to cross Mexico…

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Social Justice and Peace Rally

November 16, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Loyola University Water Tower Campus, 25 E. Pearson St.
Chicago, Illinois
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A prayer service and march from Loyola University Water Tower Campus to Holy Name Cathedral commemorating the 28th anniversary of the Salvadoran martyrs.

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Ignatian Spirituality Project Annual Company of Grace

November 16, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Loyola University Lakeshore Campus, Sr. Jean Ballroom Chicago, IL United States + Google Map
$60

Honoring Lisa Nigro, founder of Inspiration Corporation and featuring a keynote address by Fr. Michael Pfleger.  Individual ticket prices go up to $75 after October 26.

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Film Screening and Discussion: The White Helmets

November 16, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
IIT Tower Auditorium, 10 West 35th Street, 14th Floor
Chicago, IL 60616 United States
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The White Helmets (2016) is an Oscar Award winning short documentary (41 min.) about a group of first responders who risk their lives to rescue victims of airstrikes on civilian targets during the still ongoing Syrian War. The documentary won the 2017 Oscar for Best Short Documentary. After the film, the audience will hear from members of our community who experienced the war in Syria first hand, and those who have worked to help refugees from this war resettle here…

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Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

November 21, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Winnetka Congregational Church, 725 Pine St.
Winnetka, IL 60093 United States
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Thanksgiving Eve Interfaith Service

November 22, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Muslim Education Center, 8601 Menard Ave.
Morton Grove, IL 60053 United States
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This yearly Morton Grove interfaith Thanksgiving Eve service is co-hosted by Muslim Education Center, St. Luke's church, St. Martha's church and Morton Grove Community Church, to give thanks for all the blessings we have received this past year. Leaders from local faith groups will be speaking and there will be light refreshments and fellowship. Guests can also make donations toward hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico, Florida and Texas.

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To the Ends of the Earth

November 27, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
1401 West Devon Ave., 1401 West Devon Ave.
Chicago, IL United States
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A documentary screening of the film To the Ends of the Earth in support of an anti-fracking campaign.

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December 2017

Peacebuilding at a Time of Political Polarization

December 1, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Chicago Theological Union, 5416 South Cornell Ave.
Chicago, IL 60615 United States
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A conversation with Dr. Robert J. Schreiter, CPPS Professor of Systematic Theology and Vatican Council II Chair of Theology The political polarization in our country is now the widespread subject of conversation and of debate. There is probably something inherently polarizing in political action in a democracy, as political parties and figures vie for that allegiance of voters. It is for that reason undeniably competitive. Yet many feel that this necessary competition has been taking on more shrill and destructive…

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Faith Alive Day of Reflection

December 2, 2017
St. Francis Xavier Parish, Xavier Room, 524 9th St.
Wilmette, IL 60091 United States
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Fr. Tony Gittins

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Chicago Community Climate Forum

December 3, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Field Museum, 1400 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Free

On December 4-5, 2017, the City of Chicago will host the first North American Climate Summit, organized by the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy. The aim is to articulate municipal commitments to the Paris Agreement, and to celebrate innovative and effective city climate efforts. In this spirit of engagement, The Field Museum and its partners are convening a Chicago Community Climate Forum on the eve of the Mayors’ Summit. Focusing on strengthening communities, finding the intersections between…

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Remembering Our Past to Protect Our Future

December 6, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Muslim Education Center, 8601 Menard Ave.
Morton Grove, IL 60053 United States
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To RSVP or for questions, contact: mcinterfaithteam@gmail.com

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The World Will Be Saved By Beauty: Reflections from Dorothy Day’s Granddaughter

December 7, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dominican University Priory Auditorium, 7200 West Division St.
River Forest, IL 60305 United States
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$10

Drawing from memories, diaries, and family letters, Kate Hennessy will give a presentation on her grandmother, Dorothy Day, and her mother, Tamar Hennessy as she explores the themes of love, suffering, voluntary poverty, pacifism, and what it means to perform the works of mercy.

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Community Unity Walk

December 10, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Naperville Riverwalk Naperville, IL United States + Google Map

Starting from Fredenhagen Fountain the walk will follow the Riverwalk to Naperville Central High School for a community-building program. Mayor Chirico just proclaimed Naperville as a Community of Unity and Acceptance. We're tired of others trying to divide us. We will not be divided!

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On the Peripheries with Migrants and Refugees: How to Effectively Minister Despite Political Challenges.

December 12, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Rescheduled date from October. C. Mario Russell, Director of Catholic Charities New York's Immigration and Refugee Services Division and adjunct professor at St. John's University School of Law, will present the final part of the fall webinar series.

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12th Annual Posada: Seeking Immigration Reform

December 15, 2017 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 am
101 West Congress Chicago, IL United States + Google Map

Join us to walk and pray in solidarity with our immigrant sisters and brothers who—as the Holy Family sought a place to stay—are seeking legislative shelter, “Posada.” Let us show support for DACA families! Route: From Correctional Center (71 West Van Buren), DePaul (1 East Jackson), Federal Plaza, and St. Peter’s (110 West Madison) For more information: Arturo Gonzalez at 312.534.8103 or agonzalez@archchicago.org or visit: www.catholicsandimmigrants.org

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The Sultan and the Saint

December 26, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

PBS will broadcast this film about the meeting of St. Francis of Assisi and the Sultan of Egypt, who bucked a century of war, distrust, and insidious propaganda in a search for mutual respect and common ground.

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January 2018

National Migration Week Mass ” Many Journeys, One Family”

January 7 @ 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm
Holy Name Cathedral, 735 N. State St.
Chicago, IL 60654 United States
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Presided by Cardinal Blase Cupich. For more information, contact Arturo Gonzalez at 312-534-8103 or visit: www.catholicsandimmigrants.org

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Chasing Ice

January 14 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
First Presbyterian Church, 600 9th St.
Wilmette, IL 60091 United States
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A screening of the documentary about the story of environmental photographer James Balog’s mission to gather evidence of the changing planet called “The Extreme Ice Survey,” by using time-lapse cameras across the Arctic, captures a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers. Recipient of the 2014 News and Documentary Emmy award for Outstanding Nature Programming, this film has screened in more than 172 countries

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Share the Journey Interfaith Prayer Service

January 14 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
St. Viator Church, 4170 W. Addison Ave.
Chicago, IL 60641 United States
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Join Sisters and Brothers of Immigrants, at the end of Migration Week, to reflect on sharing our journey with prayer, song, and reflections by members of diverse faiths and populations. Light refreshments to follow. Free parking is available north of the church.

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Martin Luther King Faith in Action Assembly & Governor’s Candidate Forum

January 15 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Old St. Patrick Parish, 711 W. Monroe St.
Chicago, IL 60661 United States
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Hundreds of people of faith from across the Chicagoland area will come together in the spirit of Dr. King to worship together and take action on police accountability. We will ask Chicago aldermen to make public commitments of support to police contract reform. We will ask candidates running for governor to answer questions about issues most important to our communities: police accountability, restoring rights and justice reform, community development – affordable housing and jobs, and making our communities safer. All…

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Care for Our Common Home Community Action Planning Meeting

January 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
St. Therese Chinese Catholic Church, 218 West Alexander Street
Chicago, Illinois 60616
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This practical gathering will focus on concrete actions to address climate change and regional environmental degradation. Participants will delve into specific environmental issues that are plaguing the Chicagoland area and develop action plans to address those concerns. Presented in collaboration with the Office of Human Dignity and Solidarity, St. Therese Chinese Catholic Church, Vicariate III, and Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers. Join us as we work in solidarity to Care for Our Common Home! “Everyone’s talents and involvement are needed to…

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Social Justice: How Important Is This To Our Faith?

January 18 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
St. Francis Xavier Parish, Xavier Room, 524 9th St.
Wilmette, IL 60091 United States
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Free

An overview of social justice in Scripture and Church teaching; the difference between charity and justice; the relationship of justice to peace; personal and social responsibility; and ideas for taking action. Presented by Vic Doucette -- a long time social justice advocate.

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Confronting the Moral Crisis of Mass Incarceration

January 25 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
St. Chrysostom Episcopal Church, 1424 North Dearborn Ave.
Chicago, IL 60610 United States
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$10

Understanding the Criminal Justice System and Making Change Happen, Learning What Needs to Be Done and How We Can Help Moderators: Caroll Bogert, President, The Marshall Project & Rob Wildeboer, Senior Editor of News, Public Radio WBEZ Four Thursday Evenings: January 25, February 1, February 8, February 15 Jan. 25 | The Origins and Impact of Mass Incarceration Speakers: Sharone Mitchell, Program Director, Illinois Justice Project David Olson, Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology, Loyola University Chicago Rev. Al Sharp, Executive…

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Social Justice: How Important Is This To Our Faith?

January 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
St. Francis Xavier Parish, Xavier Room, 524 9th St.
Wilmette, IL 60091 United States
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Free

An overview of social justice in Scripture and Church teaching; the difference between charity and justice; the relationship of justice to peace; personal and social responsibility; and ideas for taking action. Presented by Vic Doucette -- a long time social justice advocate.

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February 2018

Confronting the Moral Crisis of Mass Incarceration

February 1 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
St. Chrysostom Episcopal Church, 1424 North Dearborn Ave.
Chicago, IL 60610 United States
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$10

Understanding the Criminal Justice System and Making Change Happen, Learning What Needs to Be Done and How We Can Help Moderators: Caroll Bogert, President, The Marshall Project & Rob Wildeboer, Senior Editor of News, Public Radio WBEZ Thursday Evenings: February 1, February 8, February 15 Feb. 1 | Imprisonment, Release & Reentry: How They Work, What Must Change Speakers: John Baldwin, Acting Director, Illinois Department of Corrections Victor Dickson, Chief Executive Officer, Safer Foundation Erwin Mayer, Executive Director, St. Leonard’s…

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Engage For Change – Gun Violence Control

February 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Muslim Education Center, 8601 N. Menard St.
Morton Grove, IL 60053 United States
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Solution-based discussions and motivational speakers to give hope for "next steps." Speakers include: Tamar Manasseh, founder of Mother's Against Senseless Killings (M.A.S.K.), Shamar Hemphill, Community Organizer at IMAN, and Pastor Daniel Ruen from Grace Lutheran Church in Skokie.

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Project Rozana Presentation

February 2 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Hope Presbyterian Church, 1771 Wiesbrook Rd. S.
Wheaton, IL 60187 United States
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Dr. Saar Hashavya of Hadassah Hospital and Dr. Khadra Hasan Ali Salami of August Victoria Hospital. They will be touring North America this winter to tell the story of Project Rozana’s accomplishments and plans for the future. Project Rozana is an international organization committed to building bridges between Israelis and Palestinians through the field of healthcare, an area of civil society where both communities are affected on a broad scale. In the simple act of advocacy to provide opportunities for…

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Confronting the Moral Crisis of Mass Incarceration

February 8 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
St. Chrysostom Episcopal Church, 1424 North Dearborn Ave.
Chicago, IL 60610 United States
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$10

Understanding the Criminal Justice System and Making Change Happen, Learning What Needs to Be Done and How We Can Help Moderators: Caroll Bogert, President, The Marshall Project & Rob Wildeboer, Senior Editor of News, Public Radio WBEZ Thursday Evenings: February 8, February 15 Feb. 8 | Diversion—Alternatives to Incarceration Speakers: Tom Dart, Cook County Sheriff (invited) Michelle Day, Chief Executive Officer, Nehemiah Trinity Rising Mark Ishaug, Chief Executive Officer, Thresholds Pam Rodriguez, Chief Executive Officer, Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities…

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Interfaith Meeting on Raising the Minimum Wage

February 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
St. Margaret Mary Parish, 1450 Green Trails Dr.
Naperville, IL 60540 United States
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Members of the Immigrant Solidarity of DuPage ( http://www.immigrantsolidaritydupage.org/ ) will talk about their efforts to begin a campaign to raise the minimum wage in Naperville/DuPage County to $15/hour. Bring your bag lunch (we will provide the drinks) and come to the Upper Room (just inside the main entrance of the Church) to find out more about this important justice campaign. The meeting will be for only 60 minutes. Please RSVP to Tom Cordaro at cordarotom@gmail.com.

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Screening of “The Chinese Exclusion Act”

February 10 @ 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Chinese American Museum of Chicago, 238 W. 23rd St.
Chicago, IL 60616 United States
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Free

This free event will be in five parts: 1. Brief introduction 2. Part One 3. Intermission 4. Part Two 5. Q&A Light refreshment will be provided. Coming soon to PBS in May 2018.

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Rally for Immigrant Justice In DuPage County

February 11 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Adams Park, 303 W. Wesley Street
Wheaton, IL 60187-5027 United States
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As the political climate intensifies with DACA, TPS gone or under attack, raids and deportations around the United States, and xenophobic, racist attacks on our documented and undocumented brothers and sisters by local and national political officials trying to say that they don't belong here, when everywhere in DuPage undocumented workers are hard at work, earning a poverty wage! Join us for a Sunday Rally for Immigrant Justice in which we will do something extra-ordinary, breaking out of the Sunday…

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Islamaphobia Killed my Brother; Let’s End the Hate

February 11 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
St. Francis Xavier Parish, Xavier Room, 524 9th St.
Wilmette, IL 60091 United States
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A screening of the TED Talk, featuring Suzanne Barakat, who had three family murdered by their neighbor in Chapel Hill, North Carolina because they were Muslims. Calls on people to speak up when they witness hateful bigotry and express kinship with those who face discrimination.

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Nonviolence Orientation & Training Meeting

February 11 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Loyola University Chicago Lake Shore Campus, 1032 W. Sheridan Rd.
Chicago, IL 60660 United States
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Nonviolence applies to solving personal life problems and social problems. The principles of nonviolence and its practical application will be presented. Volunteers will assist in community campaigns to stop the violence. RSVP to Dr. Elfriede Wedam at ewedam@luc.edu

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Confronting the Moral Crisis of Mass Incarceration

February 15 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
St. Chrysostom Episcopal Church, 1424 North Dearborn Ave.
Chicago, IL 60610 United States
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$10

Understanding the Criminal Justice System and Making Change Happen, Learning What Needs to Be Done and How We Can Help Moderators: Caroll Bogert, President, The Marshall Project & Rob Wildeboer, Senior Editor of News, Public Radio WBEZ What’s Changing, What More Needs to Be Done, What We Can Do To Help Speakers: Amy Campanelli, Cook County Public Defender Kim Foxx, Cook County State’s Attorney  John Maki, Executive Director, Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority Ben Ruddell, Criminal Justice Reform Project Director,…

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Audrie & Daisy

February 18 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
St. Ailbe Hall, 9047 S. Harper
Chicago, IL 60619 United States
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A screening of a Netflix documentary intended to spread awareness of teenage sexual assault and how technology can amplify its ramifications. Followed by a facilitated discussion. Refreshments will be served. All students must be accompanied by an adult.

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