Summer Chicago Urban Program: Developing a Culture of Sustained Prophetic Lifestyles
Dates: June 21 – August 2, 2017
Cost: $1,725 raised support
Can apply for a stipend through the Justice & Equity Fund
The purpose of the Chicago Urban Program is to raise up a community that bears witness to a holistic Gospel and recognizes the Image of God in themselves and all people. We hope to empower faithful leaders who will be equipped to sustain prophetic lifestyles that create spaces of love, healing and truth in every campus community, vocational field and neighborhood. With the city of Chicago and devoted community leaders as our teachers, students and staff will be rooted in four core values: prayerful activism, intelligent love, mutual conversion and soul care and training.
- Prayerful Activism as a Paradigm for Justice – We recognize the spiritual nature of all forms of oppression, exploitation, and injustice and engage in activism and organizing efforts rooted in worship of and dependence on God.
- Intelligent Love as a Paradigm for Compassion – We commit to loving people and communities privately through direct, interpersonal relief work and empowerment and publicly through persistent policy advocacy and systemic change.
- Mutual Conversion as a Paradigm for Witness – We pursue opportunities for all communities involved to experience conversions that deepen our understanding of and intimacy with God.
- Soul Care and Training as a Paradigm for Lifelong Discipleship– We develop healthy rhythms and disciplines of worship, prayer, praise, and health that roots us in Christ and connects us to the Body.
Through experiential learning opportunities, students and staff will receive practical trainings on the integration of justice with witness, stewardship, reconciliation, advocacy, and missions.
- Students will return to campus with a fresh Word from the Lord, which compels them to see with new eyes and bear witness to a holistic Gospel to all corners of campus; they will seek to be with their peers in marginalized communities. Great to revitalize and bring new life to chapters that feel stagnant.
- Students will return to campus affirmed as image bearers of God, fearfully and wonderfully made, regardless of ethnic and racialized identity, socio-economic background and other marginalized identities; they will be empowered to lead out of their gifts and backgrounds—perceived weaknesses as well as strengths.
- Students will return to campus as culture makers equipped to: a) walk with their peers in their own ethnic identity development, b) lead their peers in critical dialogue across difference and disagreement, c) humbly influence chapter culture to create spaces of hospitality, love and healing.
- Students and staff will return to campus prepared to love intelligently and courageously; they will proactively develop mutual relationships with members of the campus community—students, faculty, administration, auxiliary staff, and they will be prepared and resourced to respond to campus and national crises.
- Students and staff will return to campus able to integrate reconciliation and justice into all aspects of the mission of God on campus and in their chapter.
As we seek unity and mutual honoring of the parts of the body, we acknowledge Ephesians 4 where we read “The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ.” We honor the diversity in our gifts and our need for one another, while making a distinction between the gift of “prophet” and our intentional use of the word “prophetic”. Our use of the word “prophetic” is in reference to the life that Jesus Christ lived and the death he died, both of which call us to a return to God and to the prioritizing of seeking the Kingdom of Heaven. In that way, to live and die like Jesus, is to live prophetically and liberated from all forms of oppression—internal and external. We seek to fully activate all parts of the body to live sustained prophetic lifestyles.
Issues we will engage/will be reflected in internship options:
Food & Environmental Justice | Education | Immigration
Criminal Justice/Mass Incarceration | Gender & Sexuality/Sex Trafficking
We will engage all of these issues at the intersections with race/racism and our faith as well as other salient parts of our identities, such as differing abilities, class, etc.
- Austin: Circle Urban Ministries and Rock of Our Salvation Free Church (118 N. Central Ave Chicago, IL 60644) (subject to change) On Chicago West Side at N. Central and Washington. The Austin neighborhood is primarily African American. We will be working with the kids in their Camp Usoni program as teachers for this enrichment day camp. Circle Urban’s website is www.circleurban.org
- Hermosa/Humboldt Park: Grace and Peace Church (2100 N. Kildare Chicago IL 60639) (subject to change) In the Hermosa neighborhood of Chicago. The neighborhood is predominately Puerto Rican. Grace and Peace Community’s website is www.graceandpeacecommunity.com. We will work with a variety of social service organizations in Humboldt Park.
- Lawndale: Lawndale Community Church (3827 W. Ogden Ave., Chicago, IL 60623) (subject to change)
2 teams on in the neighborhood on Chicago’s West Side near the intersection of Pulaski and Ogden. North Lawndale is primarily African American neighborhood. The Lawndale Community Church website is: www.lawndalechurch.org. Lawndale:
- Lawndale: The Garden One team will be teaching at their academic day camp The Garden. We will serve as co-teachers alongside of people from the neighborhood to help kids with basics schools skills.
- Lawndale: Community Development team. A second team will work with the Lawndale Health Clinic, Legal Clinic, Development Corporation, The Firehouse (arts), and other ministries started by the church. These participants will be summer interns in these organizations, working on special projects, serving the neighborhood and performing administrative tasks.