Changes and Transitions

July 2013

Living Gently in a Violent World: The Prophetic Witness of Weakness

  I just recently started reading, Living Gently in a Violent World: The Prophetic Witness of Weakness, by Stanley Hauerwas and Jean Vanier. Stanley Hauerwas is a world renown theologian and ethicist who has spent most of his life in academia, while Jean Vanier is the founder of the L’Arche movement. L’Arche is a worldwide movement of… Read more »

JUSTembrace the New Intern!

Hi everyone! Let me introduce myself; my name is Jordan Kelley, and I am the new intern here at JUSTembrace. I am a recent graduate of DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, where I studied economics and religious studies. Along with other DePaul students, I was part of the InterVarsity justice small group, a group that partnered… Read more »

I Found Him in the Bushes

Literally. I just found Lawrence in the bushes. And if I had not gotten a flat tire on my bike, I would have missed the opportunity to help. _______________________________________________________ When I first visited 4942 N. Kenmore Ave, I had an experience that is forever etched into my heart and made it very clear that this… Read more »

Fool’s Gold(en Rule)

One of the all-time most made comments about the work of JUSTembrace in Uptown has got to be: “I could never do what you do!” The first time I heard this, I cringed – but I wasn’t exactly sure why. I understood what people were saying – the “types” of people we’ve been building community… Read more »

From Service to Hospitality – a Community Conversion

Hospitality means primarily the creation of free space where the stranger can enter and become a friend instead of an enemy. Hospitality is not to change people, but to offer them space where change can take place. It is not to bring men and women over to our side, but to offer freedom not disturbed… Read more »