ACTIVE COMPASSION, MERCY AND JUSTICE MINISTRY
What is the difference between mercy and justice? Well...If we were to see bodies floating down the river ...
Mercy is getting individuals out of the river and then patching them up one, by one.
Justice is asking why there are bodies floating down the river in the first place and then getting up and going upstream to figure out what is happening and then actively working to change the systems or environment so that the issue doesn’t keep reoccurring.
It is God’s desire for us to find our significance in God’s big story of him healing humanity...to be agents of change and healing in a broken world. Agents of change in a healing and broken world love mercy, do justice.
Love mercy, do justice. Love mercy, do justice.
THis Series of Social Justice-focused DISCUSSIONS ARE now AVAILABLE ON YouTube
The U.S. has more people in prison and in jail than any other nation on the planet, far more than public safety requires. This damages the lives of those incarcerated, their families, and their communities...contributes to a cycle of crime and punishment...and diverts resources from more constructive uses. Building on THEIR 2017 Fall Adult Forum, St. Chrysostom’s church hosted a 4-part series on 4 Thursday nights devoted to confronting the moral crisis of mass incarceration.
Leading experts, moderated by Carroll Bogert of The Marshall Project and Rob Wildeboer of WBEZ Radio, spoke to the full range of complex issues that we need to address in order to rethink crime and punishment and change the laws and practices that have resulted too many men and women—most of them people of color—being jailed and imprisoned.
How Faith Church as part of the UCC is Using our Mission Funds to Help Those in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands:
YOU COULD BE Living out Compassion, Mercy and Justice by Tutoring at
They are looking for tutors who can help with Adult Education. There is a required 12 hour training paid for by APCC. Training is completed before one starts tutoring. There is a need for tutors in these areas: One-on-one instruction in English; Basic Reading; and Basic Math. Tutoring is offered in the mornings, afternoons, and evenings.
They are also starting a conversation club to help students practice their English. It will be held two days a week. The volunteer coordinator is especially looking for people to help with tutoring on Thursdays. Those interested in volunteering at Albany Park Community Center should contact Claire Gilbertsen: firstname.lastname@example.org (773)433-3741 https://www.apccchgo.org/get_involved
Pastor's Unclosed History Sermon Series focuses on Jesus' ethics of Compassion, Mercy and Justice in the context of contemporary issues we are facing.
At the suggestion of the Leadership Team, with the goal to address the identified Missional Marker needs identified by the congregation in this area, Pastor Julie has developed this series of sermons for the summer. The following links are to position papers of the UCC (United Church of Christ) and the ECC (Evangelical Covenant Church), and other sources, which have been posted online and address contemporary social (and often politicized) issues addressed in this series.
From the UCC (United Church of Christ): Understanding the Issues
From the ECC (Evangelical Covenant Church): Resources Home
Our School Supply Drive in Support of the Irving Park Community Food Pantry has Ended...Thanks for your generosity!
BUT...The Pantry can always use more school supplies
...so if you would still like to contribute bring your donations to our Sunday Worship services or email us at email@example.com to arrange a drop-off time...OR DELIVER THEM DIRECTLY TO THE Irving Park Community Food Pantry.
The school supplies needed are: loose-leaf notebook paper, spiral notebooks, pocket folders, black or blue pens, washable markers, colored pencils, #2 pencils, pencil cases, crayons, erasers, glue and glue sticks, rulers (marked inches & centimeters).
The Albert Lea United Methodist Community Praying Pelican Team was here in Chicago at Faith Church in 2017!
The Albert Lea Praying Pelican Team blessed our church for a week! It's amazing how God works to support our care for one another. Check out how the Albert Lea United Methodist team served Faith United Church of Christ in partnership here in Portage Park and met other needs in Chicago, IL. This link will take you to their Journal and this link will take you to the Praying Pelicans website.
Faith Church has an Opportunity to Organize a Mission Trip
Praying Pelican Missions will organize a missions experience for our church family and will setup our trip when we are ready to go. Praying Pelicans serves as a bridge, connecting local churches from around the world. For over 14 years, PPM teams have been encouraging and assisting local ministries in what they are doing in their communities. Praying Pelican Missions trips are planned with the needs of local pastors and churches in mind as well as our gifts, abilities, and goals for our group. Contact Pastor Julie to learn more about planning the trip or to participate as part of our missions group.