The True Cost: Human Trafficking Panel Discussion

David Deeds, Adjunct Criminology Professor, College of Dupage, Glen Ellen, IL and representatives from the Jewish, Islamic, and Christian Faiths will present. Joan Soltwisch and Kim Choin will facilitate.

Recently the Northern Illinois Synod Women’s Organization (NISWO) partnered with the Jewish Community Against Sex Trafficking (JCAST) Chicago and the Office of Institutional Diversity at the University of St. Francis to bring the production of “The True Cost” by Still Point to the Joliet area. Our panel will encourage activism in your community by offering information about how to book this performance in your area and by educating individuals on the world of Human Trafficking.

We Can End Hunger in Our Times

Pr. Paul Carlson, Social Ministry Subcommittee for Offering of Letters and Pr. Kenneth R. Storck

Simple, step-by-step guidance on how your congregation can conduct an Offering of Letters to live out what Jesus said: “You give them something to eat.” (Matt. 14:16). The Offering of Letters campaign is the main way Bread for the World (www.bread.org) engages people in churches in advocacy with their members of Congress. In a broken patrician political system your signature on a letter can make a difference to bring health and healing to many who are the least of these in our nation and world.

More information at www.bread.org

Addressing Racial Justice in Our Congregations

Sharon Texley, New Life, Bolingbrook & NI Synod Racial Justice Committee and George Sanchez, New Life, Bolingbrook, NI Synod Council & Racial Justice Committee

An open discussion of practical ways in which the issues of racial justice can be addressed in our local congregations. What have you done in your congregation? What do you envision doing?

Hunger by the Numbers – Mapping hunger in your community

Ryan Cumming, Program Director, ELCA Hunger Education

In this session, we will walk through a new tool that makes finding data about your community simple, and talk about some ways this data can help as you start, continue to grow hunger-related ministries in your congregation and community. Data can help you and others know more about the challenges your neighbors face – and additional assets that are available in your community. It can also help communicate the impact of your ministry, encourage supporters, and identify possible areas for growth or change.

What is Sanctuary?

Dr. Peter Kivisto

The ELCA churchwide organization is now officially a Sanctuary Church. What does this mean and why is it important?

TerraCycling – An Alternative Recycling Program

Karen Neder

Six years ago we started a recycling program at Trinity (Moline) through TerraCycle (www.terracycle.com) as a fundraiser to benefit Blessed Beginnings, our church preschool. With the help of the congregation and the greater Quad Cities community, this program has diverted over 3 tons of waste from our local landfills and raised over $2,000 for Blessed Beginnings Preschool.

Declaration of the ELCA to People of African Descent

Sharon Texley, New Life, Bolingbrook & NI Synod Racial Justice Committee and George Sanchez, New Life, Bolingbrook, NI Synod Council & Racial Justice Committee

At the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly, the church offered a public apology titled “Declaration of the ELCA to People of African Descent.” In the context of the quadricentennial remembrance of American slavery in this country, we acknowledge that racism and white supremacy are deeply rooted in that history and that the church is complicit. Come learn more about the apology.