Posts Tagged ‘Justice’

The Justice Conference

Post a Comment » Written on February 18th, 2013     
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 The Justice Conference is a 2-Day annual conference taking place in
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on February 22-23, 2013

This event promotes dialogue around justice related issues such as human trafficking, slavery, poverty, HIV/AIDS and human rights, featuring internationally acclaimed speakers, and hundreds of humanitarian organizations.

The Justice Conference is a movement of students, teachers, business people, parents, artists, social entrepreneurs, pastors, advocates and academics all of whom are discovering the paradox that true life is found when we give our lives away on behalf of others.

Justice for Families

Post a Comment » Written on October 17th, 2012     
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The Compassion, Mercy, and Justice department of the ECC recently forwarded us an email about a great organization devoted to justice. Justice for Families (J4F) is a national alliance of local organizations working to end our nation’s youth incarceration epidemic. J4F is eager to find ways to connect with faith communities. The organization recently released the detailed report, “Families Unlocking Futures: Solutions to the Crisis in Juvenile Justice.” 

This report presents data that has never been examined before. It aims to correct misperceptions about system-involved youth and their families; demonstrates the need for families’ active participation in redesigning juvenile justice systems; and uncovers crucial flaws in the system that burden, alienate and exclude families from the treatment of system-involved youth.

You can download the report on the J4F website. If you’re interested in learning more about Justice for Families and the work that they do, check out their website, or email


1 Comment » Written on May 7th, 2012     
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Reflection by Dominique Gilliard:

Watch this video.

In the midst of exploring the existing impediments to accessing quality education domestically, one of the most pervasive yet least talked about hindrances to doing this is a twofold quandary which manifest itself daily within history classes across the country.  This problem is both an institutional injustice and a psychological hindrance which many students are forced to grapple with daily. Continue Reading »

Makes you say “hm”

1 Comment » Written on May 2nd, 2012     
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At CHIC this summer we are exploring the hot topic of education.

Please take some time to click through these various articles and leave a note. No agenda is being pushed from our office, we just want to begin a conversation in preparation for our time together in Tennessee.

  • Christianity Today – The New School Choice Agenda
  • PBS – On Stage Chicago Students Tackle Immigration, Poverty, Race
  • PBS – ‘Dropout Nation’ Turnaround: How Shelbyville Fixed its Dropout Problem
  • NPR – Teaching The L.A. Riots At Two City Schools
  • FOXnews – FY2012 Education Budget
  • CNN – Student News
  • Tax Policy Center – Racial Disparities in Education Finance: Going Beyond Equal Revenues
  • Education Week – Achievement Gap
  • Huffington Post – Phyllis Lockett, Charter School CEO, Slams ‘Unfortunate’ Chicago Public Schools
  • Huffington Post – Chicago’s Longer School Day: Much-Needed Reform Or Political Cynicism?

Miss Representation

Post a Comment » Written on April 4th, 2012     
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The documentary Miss Representation, by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, and aired on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

The film explores how the media’s misrepresentations of women have led to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence.

Not too long ago, a friend stumbled upon a great blog from Eugene Cho about the role of media in the formation of young women. I wonder if you might be interested in reading his blog post.

Slavery By Another Name

Post a Comment » Written on March 28th, 2012     
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I only recently was made aware of a PBS documentary entitled Slavery By Another Name. The website describes it as

…a 90-minute documentary that challenges one of Americans’ most cherished assumptions: the belief that slavery in this country ended with the Emancipation Proclamation. The film tells how even as chattel slavery came to an end in the South in 1865, thousands of African Americans were pulled back into forced labor with shocking force and brutality.

Click the image above to watch the film in its entirety.

Read: The New Jim Crow

Post a Comment » Written on March 19th, 2012     
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This winter I read “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” by Michelle Alexander. I’d heard about the book months earlier and had been intrigued by the title. Many others have read the book and I would be interested in a conversation regarding its contents with any of you who accept my invitation to read it.

Not sure you’re ready to commit yet? Perhaps start by reading the article recently published on the Covenant Newswire.

I recommend you subscribe to receive the latest Covenant news and announcements directly in your email inbox.

NP Justice Summit and Chicago Reload

Post a Comment » Written on March 2nd, 2012     
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March 23 and 24, 2012

Engaging faith and practice for the cause of justice

University Ministries and the Center for Youth Ministry Studies at North Park University invite you to be challengedinspired, andtransformed by the gospel at the North Park Justice Summit and Chicago Reload.

Led by theologians, teachers, and activists from across the country, participants at this two-day event will learn how to engage people in ministries of compassion and mercy, challenge policies through advocacy and community organizing, and partner with programs and projects of community-based organizations for the sake of Christ and his kingdom.

Don’t wait to register!

It’s Just Music, Right?

2 comments Written on February 13th, 2012     
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Dominique DuBois Gilliard serves as an adjunct professor at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago where he is also working towards his Master’s of Divinity.  Dominique is an itinerant minister that facilitates discipleship sessions on community development, multiculturalism, reconciliation, and justice.  In this guest post, Dominique explores the power of music in the life of the Christian.

Have you ever contemplated the significance of the songs you sing? I don’t mean simply recalling the lyrics or how the rhythm connects them. I mean seriously considering the implications of the verbiage within songs. What the lyrics attest to, say about you, your values and beliefs? Are they an accurate reflection of who you are? Most of us probably haven’t ever given this serious consideration, and even now that the question has been raised we’ll brush it off as something not needed, because after all it’s just music right? Continue Reading »

NP Justice Summit and Reload Chicago

Post a Comment » Written on February 9th, 2012     
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