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Seraj Library Project Trip to Israel/Palestine, Oct. 15-26. A group of four from First United will join with 16 other to visit two new major developments of the Seraj Library Project: a Storytelling Center in Kufor Aqab, adjacent to Jerusalem but on the other side of the dividing Wall, and a Cultural Center in Birzeit, near Ramallah. Twenty travelers will tour these and other libraries before picking olives one day and swimming in the Dead Sea! Watch church communications for updates on their amazing experiences.
7th Annual Vigil Against Violence, Oct. 16. Gather at Lincoln Park Presbyterian on October 16 from 4-6 p.m. We will remember youth killed by gun violence, engage in deeper awareness of how wealth theft throughout history has led to violence in our communities, commit to learning about how reparations can lead to flourishing, and experience what it’s like when we all come together to envision healing through federal reparations. There is no cost for admission, but registration is required for space planning. Click here for more information and for a code to register.
The Eighth Annual Interfaith Green Network Community Breakfast, Nov. 3. The breakfast will be held on on Zoom. The program will feature vitally important environmental initiatives in our community. In addition to updates about Climate Ready Oak Park and the Cross Community Climate Collaboration (C4), this will be a good opportunity to network with local officials, faith leaders, and concerned citizens from all walks of life. If interested in attending, please contact Jim Babcock, [email protected], for Zoom details and a meeting agenda that will be available as the date approaches.
Chicago Religious Leadership Network – Annual Gathering, Nov. 6, 3:00 p.m. The theme of this year’s gathering is Weaving Utopias, Hopes and Dreams / Tejiendo Utopías, Esperanzas y Sueños as CLRN welcomes special guest Reverend Izett Samá Hernández from the Centro Memorial Martin Luther King (CMLK) in Havana, Cuba. The event takes place at University Church (5655 S. University Ave Chicago, IL 60637). Click here for more event information and contact Deb Stracco for a 1st United Group to attend – [email protected]
National Peace Vigil in Oak Park, Dec. 14. Details are still being finalized for this event. We know what we will gather in the evening. We will post the exact time and location when they are available.