Register for Urban Strategy Community Safety Event
I am calling on United Methodists to join me in a Community Safety event planned for Saturday, November 16, 2013 from 9 am to 12:30 pm (doors open at 8 am) at Michelle Clark High School (5101 West Harrison St., Chicago IL 60644.)
As a result of the initial Chicago Urban Summit Strategy in May of2013, more than 400 United Methodists from across northern Illinois gathered to share in dialog. Four areas of focus guide our Urban Strategy which includes: Community Safety, Education & Literacy, Restorative Justice and Food Security. At the conclusion of the event, we entered into a covenant with the people of Chicago saying the Urban Summit was just the beginning of a United Methodist movement to positively impact the city!
The upcoming Community Safety event is an opportunity for us as United Methodists to live into our covenant, begin to take steps into the community and have simple, yet important questions answered by city leaders like, “How are our neighborhoods and local schools organized around community safety?” It’s also an opportunity for community engagement as we begin to develop a Community Safety Action Plan for the neighborhoods where our churches reside.
This event will bring together community stakeholders who will share their expertise regarding community safety including Chicago Police Department Superintendent Garry McCarthy, Chicago Public Schools Officer of Family & Community Engagement Phillip Hampton, 24th Ward Alderman Michael Chandler and 29th Ward Alderman Deborah Graham.
The recent shootings in Chicago make it evident there is a need to develop specific action plans with local stakeholders to improve community safety throughout the city.
Registration for the Urban Strategy Community Safety event is required by Wednesday, November 16, 2013. You may register online (via the Northern Illinois Conference website) or call Debbie Rogers, 312-346-9766 extension 732. There is no charge for this event.
~Bishop Sally Dyck
Attendees are invited to bring a blank T-Shirt and participate in a Clothes-line Project for Community Safety.