- Nov 17, 2022
- 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Champions of Justice and Peace
This fall, the PB&J* Team at Parkview Community Church is hosting a dynamic new speaker series: Champions of Peace Building and Justice. These interactive sessions will not just teach us but also grow us as a community of believers desiring to promote peace and justice in our neighborhoods, cities, and across the world. Come receive hope and be inspired! Sign up for as many as you’d like.
*PB&J (Peace Building and Justice) is a Community Group of Parkview Community Church.
Champions of Peacebuilding and Justice Speakers Series
November 17: Eric Dorsey- Community Freedom, Aurora
Eric Dorsey is a pastor at Community Christian Church and the program director of Community Freedom. Community Freedom is an initiative to plant churches inside of prisons and jails while also supporting returning citizens with reentry resources. Eric is an ambassador, organizer and facilitator for the Courageous Love organization that promotes racial reconciliation through the Living Undivided cohorts. He teaches and facilitates discussions on racial reconciliation and dismantling systemic racism. He is a graduate of Living Word School of Ministry and the University of Illinois in Champaign. Eric has been married to his wife Catrina for 26 years and has four children.
December 1: ASJ representative-(A More Just Society), Honduras
ASJ: We Are For a More Just Society.
We strive to be brave Christians, dedicated to doing justice in Honduras and to inspiring others around the world to seek justice in their own contexts.
To do this we:
Collaborate with, learn from, and advocate alongside our partner organization ASJ-Honduras to promote peace, justice, and the transformation of society and government in Honduras.
Share our experience in Honduras with communities of justice seekers in order to learn together and advance best practices in justice work worldwide.
Challenge and inspire Christians to live out the Biblical call to do justice and to effect change in their own communities.
October 6: Kevin Taylor-UR Chicago Alliance
“I want to see families resurrecting out of poverty, owning their own homes and businesses, making disciples of their children, and becoming contributors to their community and to the local church. This is what it means for us as an organization to succeed. This is what it means for Chicago to succeed.” – Kevin Taylor, Native of Cabrini Green Projects and Program Director of UR Chicago
What is UR Chicago Alliance (URCA) and how it is impacting Chicagoland’s poverty and violence?
We’ve always just accepted Chicago and its segregated communities as a way of life. Have we thought about how we became so segregated? Redlining (the illegal practice of discriminating against people of color as it relates to lending and housing) resulting in creation of ghettos and concentrated poverty. We’ve all learned that when you have concentrated poverty it breeds violence.
URCA was created with the heart to engage in these divested communities, uniting churches, businesses, and socially responsible stakeholders to help provide access to living wage opportunities (Jobs) and bring a network of caring communities together to help address poverty and violence in our city.
October 27: Andrew DeCort-Neighbor Love, Ethiopia
Andrew DeCort’s passion is encouraging others in love and challenging trends that devalue others. He’s the author of Why Pray? Seven Practices for Flourishing on the Edge of Faith and the founding director of the Institute for Faith and Flourishing and co-founder of the Neighbor-Love Movement. He earned a PhD in Ethics from the University of Chicago and has lectured in ethics, theology, and Ethiopian studies at Wheaton College, the Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology, the University of Bonn, and the American Theological Initiative in West Africa. Andrew’s work has won grants from the U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia, the European Institute of Peace, and Bank of America. He’s the author of Bonhoeffer’s New Beginning: Ethics after Devastation (Fortress Academic, 2018) and the teacher of the video course Neighbor-Love: A Revolutionary Idea that Could Save Our World. Andrew and his wife Lily live and work between Addis Ababa and Chicago.
November 3: Simone Halpin-Naomi House, DuPage County
Simone Halpin is the Executive Director and co-founder of Naomi’s House. Naomi’s House (NH) began in 2016 after years of preparing and researching the best way to serve Survivors of commercial sexual exploitation. The field to offer Survivors the best resources with trauma-informed, comprehensive, and faith-based services was narrow. NH created a model over five years that went from serving five women annually through residential services to hundreds of women annually in multiple programs across the Chicagoland area. Simone has served on the staff of The Moody Church since 2010. She is a 2008 graduate of Moody Theological Seminary (MS in Biblical Studies) and a doctoral student at Wheaton College pursuing a Doctor of Ministry. Simone and her husband, Anthony, reside in Wheaton with their four children.