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First Congregational Church of Evanston
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1417 Hinman Ave
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 864-8332
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You're invite to NWU campus to hear Robert P. Jones, author of "The End of White Christian America" on Tuesday, February 28, at 7:00 p.m. in the Alice Millar Chapel. Jones is the founding CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) and a leading scholar and commentator on religion and politics. His talk is entitled: “The End of White Christian America: Reflections on the Apparent Paradox of the 2016 Election.” Read more here: https://news.northwestern.edu/stories/2017/february/leading-scholar-on-religion-and-politics-to-discuss-2016-election/
The 2016 presidential election exposed deep fissures in American society, and one prominent scholar says religion offers an explanation.

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Congrats to our Vision Keeper for 2017: Doug Smith!
Vision Keeper Dinner 2017

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More from Rev Ann! "IT’S COMPLICATED" "Invariably, when I ask a question here in Colombia, the answer will culminate in the phrase, “es complicado.” It’s complicated. Really? I’ve spent quite a bit of time in El Salvador and have even navigated the political realities of Illinois, so I resisted what seemed to be a blanket descriptor of the Colombian landscape. Today, I find I couldn’t agree more. We began our month of accompaniment with a discussion of what it means to be displaced from one’s home. Decades ago, at the start of civil unrest (this can be traced to the 1920s in the coffee fields of Sumapaz, the 1948 assassination of a presidential candidate, or 1960s US-backed anti-communist campaign), farmers were displaced from their homes to the city. There was no work in the city, increased deprivation, and a desire for justice. Groups of rebels formed (what might be called guerilla fighters) to push back. The elites were backed by the government, and used the arm of the military to extinguish uprisings. The rebels grew in strength, and the government backed off. Some major landowners began using their own enforcers (paramilitary groups) to maintain control over their land, threatening guerillas, army and civilian alike. Everyone ramped up their forces, and the whole country became involved in tragedy, disappearances, kidnappings, torture and murder. In one sense you might think this is not so complicated – it is a story of land-grabbing that has transpired since the beginnings of society. However, layered on top of this scenario are the internal and external influences of drug trafficking, immigration into Colombia from neighboring countries at war, and the desire of multinational corporations to buy up land for factories, exploit natural resources for cash crops and create trade passages. Layered underneath the narrative are realities of slavery, colonization, and underdevelopment toward the end of creating economic dependency. Oh, and then there’s the interwoven history of the church… and political maneuvering for power… and environmental destruction… Can I say it? It’s complicated! In the midst of this one can see the simplicity of the gospel. Love your neighbors. Blessed are the peacemakers. Throughout these same decades, even in the face of violence (often perpetrated in the name of God), there has been a steady heartbeat of love emanating from Christian communities. In Barranquilla we are in the presence of the Colegio Americano – a school begun by the Presbyterian Church 128 years ago – where children learn the art and skills of critical thinking, the joy of making music, and engage the possibilities of the future. More recently, the Reformed University was founded to continue this spirit of education and empowerment, especially with a vision to bring dialogue, cooperation and peace into society. The Presbytery of Barranquilla, in its strategic plan for 2016-2021, is direct in its mission to develop peacemakers for the world. The plan encompasses leadership development, social transformation, actions for peace by congregations and pastors, and stewardship of the earth. This model has the potential to unite not only the Presbyterian churches of the area, but to exemplify to the country the benefits of coming to the table to converse and voice even opposing ideas. The best news, from what I have seen so far, is that everyone is starting from a place of acknowledgement that the Colombian story is, indeed, complicated. The story in all its complexity and diversity is embraced, unpacked, resewn, re-envisioned and projected into a future that is unknown, but for which peace is the plan. Unfortunately, this plan is complicated by ongoing threats and recent attacks against human rights workers..."

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Update from Rev. Ann in Colombia: "Fundacion Semilleros de Paz SHALOM." "There is a small social service project connected to the 3rd Presbyterian Church of Barranquilla called Sowers of Peace. What began with half a dozen 5-7 year olds 6 years ago, is now a program of over 30 children, from 5-15 years old. The children come faithfully after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and again on Saturday and Sunday for recreation, music, artistry, and Bible study. Overall, this is a formation project. The leader of the foundation, Catalina ____, is specific about the mission. “Why are we here?” she asks the children. “Because of God’s love,” they answer in unison. We take turns repeating what shalom means by way of an acrostic: S is for salud/health; H is for hermandad/camaraderie; A is for amor/love; L is for libertad/liberty; O is for obediencia/obedience; and M is for misericordia/compassion. The youngsters all share responsibilities of helping each other learn, even in the English classes offered by Brittany Beasley, this year’s Young Adult Volunteer from the PC(USA). I watched one of the older children make sure the littlest one had a seat (she appeared to be less than three years old, but is five, suffering from malnutrition). This is the season of Carnaval in Barranquilla. What impressed me most about the gathering today was not that some of the children showed us traditional dances of the region’s festival, but that the performance was not the day’s focus. Catalina spent time talking with the group about how one can show respect during Carnaval, e.g., sharing a seat for the parade, not spraying foam in someone’s face (a common prank), and learning a new dance. Carnaval is about culture, she explained, not just fun. Then Osiris, Catalina’s colleague, gave a brief history of how Carnaval came to be celebrated in the coastal region. She didn’t avoid any complicated or distasteful aspects: We were colonized and enslaved by the Spaniards; it was very difficult. Even the indigenous peoples and people from Africa were enslaved. The Spaniards gave their slaves one day a year to do what they couldn’t do the rest of the year, such as sing their music, dance their dances and enjoy themselves. The colonizers decided they wanted to join in the party, but couldn’t do so openly, so they disguised themselves to participate. War came to the country again, and celebrations went by the wayside. When Carnaval returned, the celebrations were longer than a day, and now included open mockery of the king, governance and local officials. The children listened to this explanation with interest, attention and respect. It was quite moving to see them absorbing this history lesson on a Saturday morning, knowing that soon they would be dancing the Cumbia together in the classroom. The missing piece for the project, it seems, is a regular nutritional component. There is a modest snack of crackers, honey and soda at the end of each two-hour session, but the need is for a more complete meal. Most of the children have one meal a day at home at the end of the day; there is no school lunch program. In this poverty-ridden neighborhood, where dysfunction, violence and disruption rule, there is a place for the children to regroup, gain skills for living, and connect in a loving environment. We were reminded that being a Sower of Peace is not just something we do when we are young – we always have this identity and this task no matter how old we are and what we are doing. Those gathered (some-day lawyers, stewardesses, police officers, pastors, veterinarians and teachers) agreed that this was something that they would always do. May they bear abundant fruits!" Colombia Accompaniment Program

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