Torchlighter

COVID-19 has increased legal needs by 30%!  As temporary aid expires and moratoriums on evictions and foreclosures end, that percentage will only go up.  Concerns for health are only aggravated by all the uncertainty. Child abuse and intimate partner abuse are on the rise.  Laws are flying off the shelf, but who can understand them? …

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patience

by Daniel Strom This time of year is usually marked by excitement and anticipation for students heading back to school. For millions of kids across our country, COVID-19 has changed that excitement and anticipation to disappointment and anxiety.  These issues are in the front of my mind as I begin a new job with the…

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education

By Damien Howard Education is foundational to success.  This is why education is one of the pillars of Together Chicago along with a partnership with Administer Justice to establish neighborhood gospel justice centers.  Damien shares why equitable education opportunity is so critical. Hello Neighbor! That is how I usually greet my friends serving alongside me…

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graduate

By: Joseph Strom For young graduates, their friends and families, spring is full of graduations celebrating important milestones in their lives. It’s an event young people work hard to reach, waiting in giddy anticipation for the realization of their achievements. But graduation also means entering something new: a new stage of education, an internship or…

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breathe

“I can’t breathe”.  The cry of George Floyd echoed loudly across the nation this week.  Collectively we could not breathe as we watched another black man unjustly lose his life.  We must not allow the response of a few to overshadow the actions of many who are demanding change. Breathe Do you yearn to breathe…

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American

By Rev. Alvin C. Bibbs, Sr. Recently I have been stunned by the mixed reactions of people from different economic, racial and social backgrounds across this nation linked to the tragic murder of Ahmaud Arbery. A young 25-year-old, African American male was simply out jogging and getting in his exercise before continuing his day, as…

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social justice

By: Kevin Drendel  Many social justice warriors believe the Church has abandoned the cause of justice. Many in the Church believe that social justice has abandoned the Gospel. Meanwhile, God’s heart is to proclaim good news to the poor. Jesus began his ministry when he read from Isaiah: “The Spirit of the Lord is on…

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generous

Giving Tuesday Now is this Tuesday, May 5.  The global organizers moved the traditional Tuesday after Thanksgiving up to allow you to join a generous response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.   This opportunity taps into the power of human connection and grassroots generosity.  We invite you to join this generous movement with a…

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care

You did it!  You successfully brought justice and hope to nearly 1,000 vulnerable neighbors through the compassionate care campaign.  Allow us to share some of your stories and the opportunity to be part of a new May Justice Roll campaign. The success of the Compassionate Care Campaign On March 14 I met with our COO…

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CARES Act

On Thursday, March 26 the President signed a historic 2.2 trillion-dollar stimulus bill known as the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act).  The CARES Act demonstrates an amazing glimmer of bipartisanship and contains helpful provisions for all Americans.  Here is what you need to know: Direct payments All adults earning less than…

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