Church and Community

Church and Community

Our mission: to inspire Redeemer members to work in areas of important social concern and develop resources to inform, motivate, and train Redeemer members on issues of social justice in our community and beyond.

The Church and Community Small Group meets monthly on the first Thursday at 5:00pm. We are a group of Redeemer members who come together and work to live up to our mission. To this end, we have two current initiatives Jesus and Justice and Faith on Tap.

March 10 – Putting a Personal Face on our Justice System. Several men from Precious Blood Ministries will be on hand to share compelling stories about their experiences being unjustly incarcerated in the prison system.

March 17 – Inside the Juvenile Justice System. Former prosecutor and current ombudsman for the Illinois juvenile justice system, Kathy Bankhead, will be here to discuss the juvenile justice system and how the Church and a church like Redeemer could help.

March 24 – The Bigger Picture – Mass Incarceration and the Role of the Church.Dominique Gilliard, director of Racial Righteousness and Reconciliation for the Love Mercy Do Justice (LMDJ) initiative of the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC), and recent author of Rethinking Incarceration (2018), will discuss the big picture of mass incarceration and the role of the church.

March 31 – The Current State of Justice System Reform in Illinois.Sharone Mitchell from the Illinois Justice Project (ILJP) and Jesse Rojo from the Community Renewal Society (CRS) will be on hand to discuss current justice reform initiatives and ways that churches are taking action. CRS has been working for 136 years with churches in their communities to address issues of racism and poverty.

April 7 – Jesus and Justice in DuPage County. A local speaker will highlight ways Redeemer members can be involved in justice reform at a local level.

Faith on Tap is a fun and casual monthly meeting where young adults (and the young at heart) gather to enjoy each other’s company over drinks while exploring topics connecting faith with issues of social concern. We welcome you to come discuss a wide range of topics in a space designated for intelligent conversation and growing in the faith. So come grab a drink, meet your neighbor, and explore what it means to live out Christ’s call for justice. We meet each month at 3:00pm on second Sunday at Imperial Oak Brewery in Willow Springs.

Past Initiatives:

Dia De Los Muertos Weekend: Coco Movie Night, Bus Trip to the National Museum of Mexican Art

Rally against Child Separation at the Border

Summer Book Study and People’s Supper – America’s Original Sin by Jim Wallis