We at the Hope House joined St. Sabina’s faith community to declare a summer of peace on Friday, June 19th, 2015. We rallied in front of St. Sabina church and heard many motivating speakers. Purpose over Pain, a group of parents who have lost their children to gun violence named the 100+ children under 21 who have died this past school year as a result of gun violence in Chicago. The Justice Choir performed, along with a fabulous kids choir who blew us away. Peace workers who were former gang members implored us to join forces with them. One young man challenged us with the question, “what would you do if you didn’t have fear?” To our excitement we were also addressed by Spike Lee, Jennifer Hudson and John Cusak who were joining the march because of their work on the film, Chiraq.
The rally led into our five mile march along the streets of the Auburn Gresham neighborhood. It was a beautiful experience witnessing to peace that evening along with so many inspiring individuals. We chanted, we sang, we became a singular force for God’s love and peace that night. And now, as we go back to our more mundane work of getting the Hope House off the ground, we do it in the spirit of the hope we were filled with last Friday.
*Want to read more? See Dannis’ Daily Theology article!