Everyone is invited to accompany the Japanese congregation to the commemoration of the annual Day of Remembrance, which marks the anniversary of the signing of the Executive Order which led to the incarceration of thousands of Japanese-Americans in internment camps during World War II. This year's theme is "Never Again is Now."
The event is free of charge and will take place on Sunday, February 17, at 2:00 pm at the Chicago History Museum.
More information here.
NOTE: This position has been filled. Thank you.
Vibrant urban multicultural congregation is looking for a part-time Accounting Assistant/Bookkeeper to work approximately 27 hours per week. This position is responsible for the coordination and maintenance of the detailed accounting records and all related supporting documentation, preparation of payroll and other financial data in the general books of The North Shore Baptist Church and the issuance of financial operating reports as required, in accordance with standard principles of accounting. Ideal candidate will possess an open, friendly personality and be comfortable interacting with a wide variety of people and situations. Must have excellent computer skills. Experience with Sage software and/or ACS Contributions computer financial programs a plus with working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs a must. Minimum of two years of college, preferably with focus in the accounting field and minimum of two years accounting/bookkeeping experience. Working knowledge of fund accounting a plus. Work hours flexible within standard workday week schedule.
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On Sunday, February 3, NSBC will be hosting an afternoon of conversation and reflection intended to stir our own members, reach our neighbors and revive all those in Chicago with eyes to see and ears to hear the call. We are honored to present the following speakers. A full schedule of the day follows below.
Rev. Dr. Marie Onwubuariri has served for over ten years as a cross-cultural competency trainer in faith-based, educational, and professional settings, and brings to her engagements a lifetime of continual formation at the intersection of cultures. Marie’s relational and contextual leadership style and unique approach is carefully designed based on her expansive and integrated experiences in local church, denominational, ecumenical, residential community, and secular settings, along with her formal education, which includes a BS in Management, a Master of Divinity with an emphasis in multicultural ministries, and a Doctor of Ministry in Transformation Leadership, which culminated in her dissertation topic, “Cultural Self-knowing and Negotiation: A Spiritual Practice for Intercultural Leaders.” Marie is co-editor and chapter author of Trouble the Water: A Christian Resource for the Work of Racial Justice (Nurturing Faith, 2017). Marie currently serves as Regional Executive Minister (REM) of the American Baptist Churches of Wisconsin, holding the distinct honor of being the first female and first person of color in this position in the region and first Asian-American female REM in the denomination (American Baptist Churches USA).This privilege informs her gratefulness for the many people who have boldly paved the path before her and her call to shape spaces that welcome and give home to the voices and gifts of those too often discounted.
Rev. Dr. Janette Wilson currently serves as the Senior Advisor to Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr., National President of RainbowPUSH Inc., Assistant Pastor of the Metropolitan Apostolic Community Church and is employed Special Assistant to the Chief Administrative Officer of the Chicago Public Schools.Janette is the co-founder of Wilson, Howard P.C. Attorneys at Law Inc., a firm she and her husband formed in 1980. She served as a criminal defense attorney for more than 15 years (1980-1995).
Janette is a member of the Cook County Bar Association. She was instrumental in forming the Interfaith Lawyers Committee of the Chicago Bar Association. She has lectured on a number of subjects in the area of civil rights, affirmative action and school law. She has been an adjunct professor at a number of seminaries and universities, teaching courses in Marketing, Business Law, Church Law, Ethics, and Church Administration.
Paw Say Ku is a former Karen refugee from Thailand/Myanmar. Paw received her undergraduate degree in Social Justice from Northeastern Illinois University and is pursuing her Master Degree in the Clinical Mental Health at Adler University. Currently, Paw works at the Heartland Human Cares Services with the Refugee and Immigrant Community Services as a Supervisor for Youth and Family Department after being chosen as a Hear Chicago and Heal Chicago Fellow through Heartland Alliance. Paw is passionate about advocating for human rights especially for refugee and immigrant, and community mental health. Paw believes that we can be empowered to connect and create healing from listening and sharing stories with one another.
12:00 Light lunch
12:30 "Hearing in Color and Seeing Clearly"
Keynote by Rev. Dr. Marie Onwubuariri
-"Let's Talk about Race: Where to Begin" by Rev. Dr. Marie Onwubuariri
-"Resurgence of White Supremacy in 21st Century America" by Rev. Janette Wilson, Rainbow/PUSH
-"Empowered to Connect & Heal" by Naw Paw Say Ku, Heartland Alliance's Refugee & Immigrant Community Services
North Shore Baptist Church is seeking a nursery worker to care for a wonderful and diverse group of children during the hours of 9:15 am-12:45 pm on Sundays. The pay is $13.00/hour. Qualified applicants will be aged 18 or over and have prior experience working with children.
The Church Nursery Worker/s shall:
1. Create and maintain a safe, nurturing environment for infants and young children and Sundays during the worship services and the education hour, demonstrating God’s love for each precious and unique child.
2. Work under the direction of Educational Ministry and its assigned pastor.
3. Communicate regularly with the Nursery Coordinator concerning the overall needs and progress of the Nursery program, including parent satisfaction, volunteer assistance, equipment needs, etc.
4. Welcome warmly all children and parents upon arrival, guiding them to use the sign-in sheets.
5. Foster a positive relationship with parents, communicating with them regarding any special needs, events during the morning, and their child’s adjustment to the nursery.
6. Attend promptly to children’s physical and emotional needs, i.e. runny nose, wet diapers, crying, etc.
7. Keep the children engaged in age-appropriate activities such as: coloring: listening to stories, playing with toys, and snack time.
8. Encourage children age 4 and over to go to the Beginner Class during the Adventures in Learning hour.
9. Watch for signs of illness (fever, vomiting, etc.) and notify parents to remove a sick child from the nursery.
10. Ensure that the nursery room is neat and clean (wash infant toys as necessary) at the end of each session.
11. Adhere to the guidelines of the NSBC Safe Church Policy at all times.
Please fill out this form to apply.
In these darkening days, the weights of the year often become heavier. As families gather, we remember those who are no longer with us, or disagreements that have left family estranged. The season of gift-giving puts strain on those already struggling to make ends meet. The cold and the dark can be hard on our bodies, bringing out aches, pains, illness, and depression. These struggles stand in stark contrast to the merriment of the Christmas carols, holiday décor, and advertising campaigns proclaiming this to be the most wonderful time of the year.
It is important, through the various struggles of the season, to remember that we are not alone. To this end, we will be offering a Longest Night Service on December 19 at 7:00 pm in Nambu Chapel. It will be a time for us to gather to mark the losses we are grieving- whether they be loved ones lost, expectations dashed, financial security threatened- and sanctify them in the light of Christ’s Advent. It will be a candlelight service at which we will hold silence, pray, and reflect both on what we have lost in the past year and what has sustained us along the way.
On Sunday, December 23, at 10:30 am, we will celebrate the fourth Sunday in Advent with a special joint worship service with all four congregations. We will share stories and sing carols together. After the service, we will have a posada in Howel Hall, at which we will sing villancicos (Spanish Christmas carols) and eat lots of food!
The Edgewater Community Religious Association will host its annual Thanksgiving service at 3 pm on Sunday, November 19 at the Ismaili Center, 6259 N. Broadway Ave. . It will feature speakers, music, and sacred readings from various faiths represented in our community. There will be a reception to follow.
At the service, we will also be collecting canned goods to benefit Care for Real, the Edgewater food pantry.
By Dr. Peggy Griffin
The newly formed NSBC Outreach Ministry organized the October 28th panel discussion on the “Liberating Church”. The idea spiraled from the 2018 Martin Luther King Weekend Teach-In. Dr. Nancy Bedford from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary was our guest theologian. Pastor Rony Reyes and Lupe, a member of the Hispanic congregation, were the other panelists. Pastor Michael Ware was the panel moderator, and Pastor Kathryn Ray was the translator.
The evocative discussion followed a luncheon that had a selection of delightful tastes from several Spanish speaking countries around the world. The food and table discussions helped tune the ears of listeners to grasp meaningful content coming from the in-depth panel dialogue. This physical nourishment was preceded by spiritual sustenance in the sermon of Pastor Michael in the morning service. He reminded us that “It is not what we have, but what we share.” The total worship experience on that day involved sharing substance, ideas, sentiments, and action strategies.
One could sense the desperation of the travelers on the bridge between the borders of Guatemala and Mexico as Pastor Rony explained that he too had crossed that bridge. He shared some history that built a case for the advantage of admitting the Caravan travelers into the United States. He spoke of “the law of proximity” in which human nature compels individuals to seek the closest and most convenient way to escape from oppression. Lupe confirmed his statements as she shared her own story of finding refuge in the United States. She made the situation real for us. She emphasized the fact that people are coming with willing hands to work and make positive contributions to this country and to society at large.
Dr. Bedford stated that “God is no respecter of borders.” Peripheries and confines are constructions that are usually centered around aspirations for power and economic gain. She gave us the charge to put out truth narratives by collecting and disseminating testimonies of history. Christian education includes presenting history in the proper perspective and reaching beyond borders.
The panel discussion was more than informative. The question & answer period revealed that participants were ready to act on the ideas triggered during the discussion. From the outcome of this event, members of North Shore Baptist church can watch for some positive new initiatives. Several members signed up for the formation of an Immigration Task Force. The Outreach Ministry is working on ways to collect and publicize the rich narratives in the congregations. We have renewed inspiration in planning for our 2019 MLK Teach-in.
Pastor Michael began the panel discussion with reference to a triune plan for action that emerged in the Adventures in Learning Sermon Talk Back. These actions are: 1. Write to legislators to advocate desired changes. 2. Watch our words. Use “us” language rather than words that cause division. 3. Use the power of the vote to bring positive change.
Days have passed since the discussion of the Habits of a Liberating Church in Community, but the spirit and desire for action are rising from incubation.
Caravan Counseling, a resource ministry of NSBC, is offering an open, quiet place available to the community for those who desire to sit, reflect, be centered, pray, or meditate during Election Day. All are welcome!
The meditation space will be available on Tuesday, November 6th, with drop-in times from 10am-8pm in Nambu Chapel, across from the polling area.
The church address is:
North Shore Baptist Church
5244 N. Lakewood Ave
Chicago, IL 60640
By Rev. Kathryn Ray
"Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way. When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, "Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today."... Zacchaeus stood up and said to the LORD, "Look, LORD! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount." Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham." -from Luke 19
Public benefits offices are among the most hellish devised by human hands. These are the places you go to apply for food assistance, Medicaid, or financial assistance with housing and utilities. Where you wait for four to six hours under harsh fluorescent lighting in hard plastic chairs, surrounded by dozens of other people who are stressed and in pain, all to spend five minutes with someone who may or may not understand exactly what services you are requesting.
On my most recent visit, a security guard stood up in front of the dozens of people who had come to line up an hour, two hours before the office opened. He told us:
“Listen, I know you have problems and you’re suffering. I’m not here to hear your story. I really hope you get better, but I don’t care. I’m just here to take your names to send you upstairs as quickly as possible.”
As appalling as that may sound, I couldn’t fault him. These employees have to work at this place day after day. They are constantly faced with desperation, pain, and deep need. They don’t have near the resources they require to actually meet those needs. So they find ways to protect themselves, both logistically and emotionally. We all do this. We all find ways to steel our hearts in the face of deep need.
It makes me wonder: What if, instead of sending my tax dollars to the government to allocate to those in need, I put it aside and kept it. And I was told, we’re sending people who need assistance with food and medicine to you. You decide how to apportion the money. You decide who gets what. How would I do it? How would I manage, both logistically and emotionally?
I ask, because this is the situation in which Zacchaeus is now in.
It’s easy to see this story as a kind of Christmas Carol. Zacchaeus is the Scrooge whose heart has opened, “fluttered and so glowing with his good intentions.” He buys Christmas dinner. Everybody rejoices, and God bless us everyone.
That’s not how it’s going to work.
Zacchaeus is opening his door to a world of hurt and need that goes farther and deeper than even his abundant financial resources can meet. He has committed to giving half his possessions to the poor. Jericho is a city, and there are lots of people in need there. How does he choose whom to help? How much does each person get?
What happens when they come back the next day?
What happens when- God forbid- they are not grateful for what they are getting from this wealthy man who has cheated people for so many years?
Zacchaeus is opening a public benefits office, of which he is the sole proprietor. God help him.
But of course, that’s the point. He’s doing this because God helped him. He has, more literally than any of us, found Jesus. He wanted to see who Jesus was, and now he has. He has been converted and convicted.
Father Gustavo Gutierrez, the Latin American priest who galvanized the liberation theology movement, calls conversion a starting place, a break with the life lived up to that point. Note that, according to this definition, conversion is not primarily a change of religious identity. Rather, it is the beginning of a new spiritual journey.
For a prime example of someone who was truly converted, Father Gutierrez looks to Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador, who just last week was being canonized as a Catholic saint. Romero was already a believer and a Christian leader. His conversion to the cause of Christ happened when he got woke to the realities of the people that he was called to minister to. He was torn out of an upper-class, academic world in which he was quite comfortable and placed in a new world, the world of the poor.
That world was described by a member of our Hispanic congregation at last week’s service for lamentation and healing in the wake of the Laquan McDonald case. She said, “We were jailed, we were put in dungeons where, supposedly, we had disappeared. And our only commitment was to work for our people.”
Romero’s conversion moved him to speak out, like the biblical prophets before him, against the systems that crushed the poor into the ground. This kind of authentic conversion is not something that happens in a single moment, once and for all. Father Gutierrez reminds us this. Rather, it is ongoing process. A process that includes stumbling blocks and temptations to turn back.
If Zacchaeus is to truly commit himself to the poor at the level he proposes, he will not be able to simply give money to those in need and turn away again. Once he opens his door to that flood of need, it cannot easily be shut. He will have to attend deeply to the stories and the hurts of the people. He will listen to them, he will know them, and he will be changed. Father Gutierrez gives that kind of relationship a name. He calls it solidarity.
Zacchaeus will doubt. He will not know the way forward. If he does it right, he will, sometimes, be taken advantage of. And his heart will be broken again and again.
He will not be enough. He will eventually fail and burn out. He will have to steel himself, guard his heart, like the workers in that public benefits office.
Unless he finds a community to do it with him. That, my friends, is #whyIgivetoNSBC. Our giving of ourselves interweaves us in relationship with one another. It draws us together into a deeper commitment, a solidarity with one another and with the world around us.
Together, as a church, we can truly face our continual need for conversion. We can stay strong as we continually open our hearts to the needs of those around us. We can stay creative as we ask together how we might commit ourselves anew to the task of solidarity with those in need in pain.
Siblings, on this road of solidarity that we walk together, we will struggle, we will feel doubt and fear, and our hearts will be broken again and again.
But through it all, the Spirit of God goes with us. She holds us up through the love and support that we give one another. As we love each other with loyalty and forgiveness, as we share joys and heartaches, and care for each other in times of need.
That is the mandate of our church covenant, which you can find in your bulletin today. It is a holy promise to walk with one another in and with those around us in the way of Christ, on the road of solidarity.
Together, may we follow Zacchaeus in giving deeply of ourselves, and in so doing, follow in the footsteps of Jesus.
 In the Company of the Poor: Conversations with Dr. Paul Farmer and Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez, ed. Michal Griffina and Jennie Weiss Block (Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2013), p. 71.