Heart’s Place Breaks Ground
The Arlington Heights’ Faith in Action Team is made up of representatives from seven Arlington Heights’ churches working to bring permanent supportive housing for people with mental and physical disabilities to Arlington Heights. Our group effort helped support the unanimous decision of Arlington Heights’ Mayor and Trustees to allow Heart’s Place, an eighteen unit building, to be built with an opening date of summer/fall 2019. Our Faith in Action Team is a part of this group. Southminster’s Representative is Linda Waycie. If you would like to get involved with Southminster’s Faith in Justice efforts, please email Linda at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Synagogue Shooting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
This horrific act of injustice prompted the pastors, council, and staff of Southminster to write a letter to the Fence Post editor at the Daily Herald, extending our condolences to the Jewish community and letting them know of Southminster’s ongoing fight against hate. Click here to read the letter: Southminster-letter to the editor. Rabbi Ilana J. Baden from Temple Chai in Long Grove, Illinois, responded with a personal letter to Southminster thanking us. Please read her letter here: Letter from Temple Chai. If you would like to get involved with Southminster’s Faith in Justice efforts, please email Cindy Greenwood at email@example.com or Linda Waycie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Families Belong Together
There are many words from the Bible that we can turn to in reflecting on the current immigration crisis. The forced separation of small children and their families at the border has brought into sharp focus the cruel and inhumane response recently employed. I, Pastor Liz, would invite you to read the words of Deuteronomy 10:17-19, Matthew 25: 35-46, and Mark 9:37, 10:13-16 and reflect on how they speak to the current crisis.
Attached is a response from the Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church, USA, about the current crisis where small children were forceably separated from their families. https://www.pcusa.org/site_media/media/uploads/oga/pdf/jhn_statement_child_separation_at_borders_061618.pdf
Muslim-Christian Interfaith Dialogue
A small group of individuals from Southminster and the Islamic Society of Northwest Suburbs have been meeting twice every month since January 2018. Check out our interfaith conversations and what we’ve learned about each other. Click here to view our SPC ISNS Interfaith Group Summer Dialogue.
On December 1, 2017, 16 Muslim and Christian men and women began an inter-faith journey together.
Southminster and Islamic Society of Northwest Suburbs, a mosque in Rolling Meadows, has begun a dialogue between faiths that will provide an opportunity for Christians and Muslims to develop genuine friendships and better understand each other and our different faiths.
Beginning in January 2018, this inter-faith group will meet every second Sunday of the month at 2:00 p.m. at Islamic Society of Northwest Suburbs in Rolling Meadows and every fourth Friday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at Southminster.
“This is what the Lord requires from you: to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” – Micah 6:8
Our mission: to increase awareness of justice issues impacting our brothers and sisters in our local community, Chicago and the state; and to provide opportunities for Southminster members and friends to participate in actions that influence public policy toward a more just world.
Highlights of 2017: Southminster members were instrumental in winning approval by the Arlington Heights Village Board for the village’s first supportive housing project for disabled people. For this work, we received an award from the Community Renewal Society (CRS) at its annual membership meeting in early October. We were also recognized with a leadership award for our work on police accountability initiatives in Chicago.
Southminster’s justice work includes:
- Participating in CRS’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Faith in Action Assembly in January
- Lobbying legislators at the CRS Day of Faith in Springfield in April
- Working with local churches, as well as churches in the North/Northwest suburban area to bring awareness of justice issues to the community
- Initiating an interfaith journey with our Muslim neighbors from the Islamic Society of Northwest Suburbs, a mosque in Rolling Meadows; the group meets biweekly to develop genuine friendships and better understand each other and our different faith
- Hosting adult education series on racism and Islam
- Supporting the CRS 2018 Platform for Renewal, including police accountability; restoring opportunities for people with criminal records and advancing justice reforms; community development (housing and jobs) on Chicago’s south and west sides; state budget issues, including fiscal responsibility and investment for violence prevention; and a commitment to anti-racism
- Advocating for just immigration policies in Illinois
- Meeting with Illinois State Representatives Tom Morrison, David Harris and Elaine Nekritz, and Illinois State Senator Tom Rooney to secure support on CRS justice issues
- Hosting an “Open Hearts – Open Doors” discussion regarding the LGBTQ community
- Attending “Bridging the Black & White Divide” racism events hosted by Sisters of the Living World in Arlington Heights
“Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees, to deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people.” – Isaiah 10:1-2