Sunday, October 12, 2014

Looking Ahead: November "Connecting" Event, December Posada

LSEA 2013 Posada Poster
(Art: Andrew Willis)

Our congregations have enjoyed doing numerous events together, including Palm Sunday gatherings for the past three years, a Posada in December 2013, and several events at the Logan Square eagle monument in recent weeks. We feel fulfilled by our shared work, and we want to get to know each other better!

We have now firmed up the following plans:

* December -- We have reserved the afternoon of Saturday, December 13, 2014, for this year's posada observance. (See "POSADA 2013: Is there room at the inn at the CHA’s Lathrop Homes?" for an idea of what we did last year.) Please SAVE THE DATE and get involved with us the planning at upcoming November events (below).

* November -- We've conceived a several-hour gathering on a Saturday, November 22, called "Connecting With Our Neighbors: Uniting Congregations for Social Justice." We will gather at 10:30 a.m. that day at Humboldt Park United Methodist for devotions, conversations, and a meal together.

Approximate event schedule:

10:30 Devotion
11:30 Small group conversations
12:30 Pot Luck Lunch

This "connecting" event is an opportunity for one-on-one interaction, fellowship, and creating a foundation for future action for members of our various congregations. The event is open to anyone who wants to join with people of faith in the Logan Square area to advance social justice. Please join on Facebook and share with friends!

Our next monthly meeting Tuesday, December 2, 12 noon - 2 p.m. (Location: 2401 W North, ALSO office). Please plan to join us to participate in planning . . . and/or get updates by "liking" our Facebook page!

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On the heels of a December 10, 2013, community meeting that brought over 400 people out to demand an immediate opening of unused units to people in need of housing, on Saturday a coalition of churches, community organizations, and residents associations will hold a holiday Posada -- a Latin American traditional re-enactment of the search by the parents of Jesus for hospitality -- that does double-duty dramatizing the plight of people left in the cold by Chicago housing policies.

(See POSADA 2013: Is there room at the inn at the CHA’s Lathrop Homes? on the Remedy for Violence website.)

On September 11, 2014, we held a vigil to honor the memory o Mr. Ernesto Garcia -- to afford him the dignity he deserves and allow us all to grieve his death, and also as an opportunity to advocate for the needs of men and women who daily face exposure to harm because of housing insecurity.

(See Public Vigil for Ernesto Garcia )

Here are links to useful information on recent developments with respect to affordable housing in Logan Square.
(See Resource Page: Recent Developments in Affordable Housing in Logan Square )