Armando Márquez is a catechist who worked alongside Monsignor Oscar Romero in the base communities of El Salvador. He will be visiting NSBC to offer personal reflections on his relationship with Msgr. Romero and the church's liberating work in El Salvador on Sunday, November 3 at 1:00 pm in Nambu Chapel (after Unity Sunday worship at 10:30 am).
How does Chicago get the funding to pay for all of the services it provides for city residents? Who has a say in how the money is spent? On Sunday, October 13th, join us in the NSBC library for a discussion with ONE Northside about how the budget works and how we can actively participate in the campaign for an equitable city budget that funds mental health clinics, affordable housing, and jobs programs by raising new revenue from corporations and the city’s wealthiest residents.
On Saturday, October 19, ONE Northside will also be hosting a Town Hall with our alderpeople. Attend this Town Hall to learn about the City budget and make your voice heard! ONE Northside supports a more equitable city budget that addresses the needs of all Chicagoans, especially those who are increasingly locked out of the process. Should the budget address low-income housing and mental health? Who should have the greatest tax burden? Come learn about and help shape the way your money is spent. The Town Hall is from 2:00-4:00 pm at Alternatives Youth Center, 4370 N. Sheridan.
ONE Northside is a mixed-income, multi-ethnic, intergenerational organization, of which NSBC is a member, that unites our diverse communities. We build collective power to eliminate injustice through bold and innovative community organizing. We accomplish this through developing grassroots leaders and acting together to effect change.
In the beginning was the Word. And the Word was God. (John 1:1)
What is a word? Vibration. Music. Sound. Creation. In getting in touch with our own voice and the voices of others, we connect to the Divine. What would happen if we let ourselves fully experience the resonance in our bodies when we sing? How does collective, creative sounding affect our connection to our intuition? How does improvisation relate to our capacity for deep listening? What does it mean to be truly open to the moment?
These are some of the questions we will explore together over a period of an hour and a half. You will be led through grounding meditations using your own voice to center and connect you to what is rather than what you think should be. We will then begin to explore our connection to one another as inherently creative beings, using guided vocal improvisation and sounding exercises in a group.
This workshop is NOT only for trained singers! Everyone who can make sound with their throat is invited. Singing is everyone’s birthright, so don’t be shy! This is more about connecting to your own voice and exploring creativity and community than it is to create some kind of “polished sound” or “performance.” Try to wear clothes you feel comfortable lying down in and moving around in. The more at ease we can feel, the better it will be for really letting go into the exercises. And bring with you an open and curious mind
This class is free and open to everyone! It will meet on Saturdays from 10:30 am-12:00 pm in Nambu Chapel. It will start on Saturday, October 19 and run for 8 weeks, excluding Saturday, November 2.
The class will be led by Julia Rahm, who has been the Alto Section Leader with NSBC since spring of 2018. Julia is an initiate of the Inayati Sufi Order, an interfaith spiritual community of seekers with a rich tradition of using music to tune the heart and help people discover peace and harmony with themselves and others. She has a Master of Music in Voice Performance from Roosevelt University and a Bachelor of Arts from Sarah Lawrence College in Theater, Music and French. She combines all her interests—music, the voice, meditation and mindfulness, improvisation and creativity— into developing this holistic, exploratory voice practice.
Want to sing more? Check out Hearing in Color Workshop Rehearsals!