In honor of the social media trend of sharing old photos on Throwback Thursday, Open Communities is sharing old blog posts that are still relevant today.
Originally posted May 2007 by Gail Schechter
At Trinity United Methodist Church in Wilmette, on May 15, 2007, twenty-seven religious leaders gathered under Interfaithâ€™s umbrella [now known as Open Communities] for inspiration and concrete steps to foster grassroots activism. What are the theological underpinnings for encouraging political action for open housing? What are the action opportunities in your community?
Father Bob Oldershaw, Pastor Emeritus of St. Nicholas Church, Evanston and leaders from â€œWilmette Citizens for Affordable Housingâ€ urged us to heed the moral call of our religious traditions, move outside of our comfort zones and â€œdisturb our congregationsâ€ to promote housing justice for all. Click here to read Fr. Oldershaw’s speech on faith as a motivator for action toward fair and affordable housing.
Fr. Bob Oldershaw in front of a portrait of Jim, a homeless man from Chicago whom he befriended.
Religious leaders confer about housing issues in their own suburbs.
As our 2014Â Rayna & Marvin Miller Community Justice Award winnerÂ said in his speech here from 2007, “We need to multiply ourselves; entrust and trust those within our communities to be heralds of justice…”
Multiply our numbers and efforts for just, inclusive northern suburbs by joining us on June 10 at our Say Yes! Benefit. Learn more about the Benefit and purchase tickets here.Â