What is Mosaic?
A mosaic is an image made from the assemblage of small–often broken–pieces of colored glass, stone, or other materials. Their different colors work together to form a new, beautiful picture. A mosaic happens in community when we experience reconciliation with God and with others who are different from us. Together we form a beautiful, multicolored image.
Willow Creek is a place where people of all racial, ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds are embraced, find a place of belonging, and can unleash their unique contributions toward bringing the hope of Christ to our church, community, and world.
In seeking racial reconciliation, we begin to understand each other through real conversations and authentic relationships. We recognize the devastating consequences of structural inequality in our society, and can become advocates for justice.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
-- 2 Cor. 5:17 NIV
Take your learning to the next level through Mosaic Workshops:
We've MOVED the date of our April 11 workshop.There will be no workshop this week; in contemplating your feedback during our Mosaic Town Hall, and as a step toward building community, we wanted to instead gather as a ministry to pack seeds for Celebration of Hope. We'll pack together at
7pm Thursday, April 19, in South Barrington in the Activity Center with Willow Young Adults. There will be tables set aside for Mosaic so we can have more time to hang out together. Just sign in with us at the door! Light refreshments also will be served just outside of the Activity Center, and childcare will be available.
In the meantime, our friends in the Willow Prison & Jail Ministry have two justice-related events coming up. One is tomorrow morning, and we hope you can join in!
Prison and Jail Connection Breakfast with a focus on Re-Entry andCriminal Justice Reform
10 a.m. - noon, Saturday, April 7, 2018
Willow South Barrington
Contact: Anne Rand at [email protected]
Marcus King, the Summit of Hope re-entry director for the entire State of Illinois Department of Corrections,will join us to give us a snapshot on what's been happening in re-entry over the last year. Then, we are pleased to welcome attorney
John Dacey, who has made it his mission to abolish privatized prisons. See below for a brief description.
Public vs. Private Prisons--The Justice Debate
The debate on whether to privatize prisons is sweeping across our country, but what are the inherent dangers of creating a profit-driven criminal justice system? Do private prisons inflict penalties on people the courts did not impose? Guest speaker and attorney, John Dacey, has studied this issue at length and is part of a movement to present this case to the Supreme Court. Learn about criminal justice reform, constitutional and civil rights, which are at risk.
1:30 p.m. April 22
Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue in Chicago
Support St. Leonard's Ministries by attending a special performance of
LETTIE, a world premiere play at Victory Gardens Theater. Lettie is a fictional character re-entering society after incarceration, while living in the non-fictional Grace House, the women's re-entry program of St. Leonard's.
Date: Sunday, April 22 (all proceeds benefit Grace House)
Time: 1:30 Reception; 3:00 p.m. Performance followed by a panel discussion
Tickets are available at https://slmlettie.brownapapertickets.com
Want to get more involved with bringing racial reconciliation through Mosaic? Contact us!
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