Justice Symposium: May 20, 2017

Posted on Apr 17, 2017

Sherman UMC’s Justice Symposium Kicks off Justice Weekend
Saturday, May 20 at 9am

Patrick Keenan-Devlin - Dawes Headshot Executive Director and Juvenile Justice Attorney Patrick Keenan-Devlin of the James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy will lead a panel discussion on juvenile justice as well as special education areas.

Mr. Keenan-Devlin was named Executive Director on July 1, 2016. Previously, Mr. Keenan-Devlin served as the Deputy Director/Staff Attorney – representing youth in juvenile delinquency and school law proceedings, as well as leading the agency’s development efforts. Mr. Keenan-Devlin’s experience in the area of public policy in Illinois, as well as his strong ties to the Evanston community serve him well in his new role at the Moran Center. Mr. Keenan-Devlin previously worked as the Health Policy Advocate for the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law and as Legislative Director of Citizen Action/Illinois. He has also held numerous leadership roles in various local civic and community organizations.

Mr. Keenan-Devlin graduated cum laude from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Music, and then received his law degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Mr. Keenan-Devlin serves on the Boards of the Sheil Catholic Center at Northwestern University and Citizen Action/Illinois. In his free time, Mr. Keenan-Devlin enjoys quality time with his wife and their growing family.

Seth Green of Y.O.U.Seth Green, Executive Director of Youth and Opportunity United (Y.O.U) will address 1) Issues facing our youth on the employment front and 2) Opportunities facing our youth; 3) Y.O.U, its mission and services; 4) How we in the community can help.

Seth joined Y.O.U. as Executive Director in May of 2011 and he feels extremely fortunate to work with such a talented and dedicated staff. Prior to Y.O.U., Seth led the Job Opportunity Investment Network, a social venture that moves vulnerable adults out of poverty and into long-term careers. He also founded Americans for Informed Democracy, an organization that empowers youth to tackle pressing social challenges through community-based action. Seth’s other work experience includes years as a consultant with McKinsey and Company, as well as short-term roles at the American Prospect, the Brookings Institution, and Lazard.

Seth has a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, master’s degrees from the London School of Economics and Oxford, and a law degree from Yale.

Seth is a 2012 graduate of Leadership Evanston. He is also a lecturer at Northwestern University where he teaches courses on non-profit management. He and his wife Caitlin Fitz, an assistant professor of history at Northwestern, live in Evanston and are proud parents of two adorable girls: Sojourner and Lundy.

Interviewing Mr. Keenan-Devlin and Mr. Green will be Mrs. Karen Chavers

Karen Chavers Shorefront photoKaren Chavers is currently the District Director for Larry Suffredin, Cook County Commissioner of the 13 th District. She has managed the Commission’s overall district office operations since 2002. They share one-stop Constituent Service Offices with State Representative Robyn Gabel and Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky at 820 Davis Street, Evanston.

She has held numerous leadership roles in the private and public business sectors,including recent past Treasurer of the Housing Authority of Cook County and served the Evanston community while leading the Evanston Neighborhood Conference and ENC’s nationally recognized Teen Empowerment Program from the early 1980’s to 2000. Karen is an Advisory Board member of SHOREFRONT Legacy Center which collects, preserves and educates people about Black history on Chicago’s suburban North Shore.

She continues her commitment to expanding housing opportunities for all as a board member of Turnstone Development not for profit which creates and preserves affordable housing opportunities for low-income families and seniors primarily in Illinois, and throughout the United States.

Speaking on Immigration – Mr. Luis Huerta-Silva of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant & Refugee Rights

Luis Huerta-Silva serves as the Administrative Relief Regional Trainer at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR). As a Trainer he has focused on capacity-building initiatives with partner organizations in anticipation of major immigration policy changes. Prior to transitioning to this position, Luis served in a fellowship with ICIRR focusing on voter registration and mobilization for the 2014 elections. Post-election he focused on community education around the new immigration initiatives concerning parents of US Citizen children or Lawful Permanent Resident children. Luis has experience in community education and leadership development training since his undergraduate career began in 2009 at University of Notre Dame as coordinator of youth mentorship and college-preparation programs. He studied Political Science and Latino Studies.

Justice Weekend 2017 is sponsored by:820 Church St., Evanston, IL 60201


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Shining Star VBS Recap

Posted on Jun 29, 2015

Sherman UMC had an awesome Vacation Bible School 2015!

SUMC’s 2015 Vacation Bible School – Shining Star – wrapped up with a special presentation on Sunday morning June 28. We talked about the lessons we had learned throughout the week and sang and danced to two special songs. One of those songs – “We Are Shining Stars” – was an SUMC original composition written with the help of our younger elementary age class. Current news and events played an important part of the faith discussions of the older grade classes. Together we learned much about what living out our faith means in today’s world.

Below is a list of the week’s themes and foci.

Shining Star

Monday – Session 1 – Hearing God’s Call
Memory Verse – “Samuel said, ‘Speak. Your servant is listening.’ ” (1 Samuel 3:10b)
Sparkle Speech – When God speaks, I listen!

Tuesday – Session 2 – Keeping on God’s Path
Memory Verse – “Your word is a lamp before my feet and a light for my journey.” (Psalm 119:105)
Sparkle Speech – God’s word lights my way each and every day!
Word – STUDY

Wednesday – Session 3 – Jairus’ Daughter Gets Up
Memory Verse – “Child, get up!” (Luke 8:54b)
Sparkle Speech – I’ve got get-up-and-go because Jesus loves me so!
Word – GET UP

Thursday – Session 4 – Living as Children of God
Memory Verse – “Live your life with love, following the example of Christ.” (Ephesians 5:2a)
Sparkle Speech – Together we can live, ’cause like Jesus, we’ll forgive!

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Shining Star VBS – Day 1 – Hearing God’s Call

Posted on Jun 23, 2015

Sometimes the clutter of the daily routine we forget to listen for God’s voice. We may not recognize God’s voice when he calls. Day 1 of Shining Star VBS we learned a lesson about what we are to do when God calls – listen.

Today’s VBS lesson came from the book of 1 Samuel ch. 3. Before he was born, Hannah, Samuel’s mother, prayed to God for a son and promised to dedicate him to the service of God. Hannah’s prayer was answered, and when he was three, Samuel’s parents brought him to God’s temple at Shiloh and gave him into the care of the chief priest Eli.

Eli was old, and his sons were corrupt. God told Eli his position would pass to Samuel. Samuel grew under Eli’s care and one night heard a voice calling his name as he slept in the sanctuary near the Ark of the Covenant. Samuel immediately rushed to Eli’s room to ask his teacher what he needed, but Eli had not called and sent Samuel back to bed. When this happened a second and third time, Eli knew the boy was hearing the voice of God. He sent Samuel again to bed telling him to answer when the voice called. Samuel did as his teacher said, and answered, “Speak, your servant is listening.”

God’s call is ever present in our lives, but we may be too busy with ourselves to realize. In Matthew 18:2-3, Christ tells us we must have faith like a child – ears ready to hear and eyes ready to see, open hearts ready to receive our Lord and minds eager to be instructed by God’s Word. In a world full of its own turmoil, we often put our own agendas between us and God. We must not only pray for God’s power and guidance, but also stop getting in our own way. Wait patiently and listen.

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