Justice Weekend 2017: May 20-21

Posted on Apr 14, 2017

As Sherman celebrates its 95th year of service in Evanston, the women of Sherman continue to do what the Lord requires: be advocates for justice to those who are disenfranchised and marginalized in our local community, our nation and our world. This year we are focused on two issues: 1) Our Evanston Youth and efforts to break the pipeline to prison cycle in our local community. And 2) Our Immigrant Population.

The theme of this year’s celebration is: “United Methodist Women: Seekers of Justice for All”. The biblical texts that we are using come from:

  • Micah: 6: 8: “…And what does the Lord require of you: But to do justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God?”
  • Zechariah 7:9-10 “Thus says the Lord of hosts: Execute true Justice; Show Mercy and Compassion, Everyone to his brother. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the alien or the poor. Let none of you plan evil in his heart against his brother.”
  • Isaiah 61:8: “For I the Lord, love Justice I hate robbery for burnt offering; I will direct their work in truth, and will make with them an everlasting covenant.”

Patrick Keenan-Devlin Stone Terrace Headshot

On Saturday morning May 20th, Sherman will host a Symposium with discussions led by: 1) Executive Director and Juvenile Justice Attorney Patrick Keenan-Devlin of the James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy of Evanston, focusing on achieving justice in our schools and the courts for disadvantaged Evanston youth. followed by,

Seth Green of Y.O.U.

2) a discussion led by Seth Green Executive Director, Youth & Opportunity United (Y.O.U.) on our youth and employment and opportunities facing our youth; Y.O.U.; and how we in the community can help.Karen Chavers Shorefront photo

Mr. Green will be interviewed by Ms. Karen Chavers, the District Director for Larry Suffredin, Cook County Commissioner of the 13th District.

After a break we will have a session on immigration led by Mr. Luis Huerta-Silva with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR). View that post here.

The Symposium, held at Sherman in Winfield Hall will start at 9:00 A.M. and conclude at 1:00 P.M. Refreshments will be provided.

Helen Roberts-Evans of UMW and UMCOR

The Women’s Day Service on Sunday, May 21st will be the culmination of Women’s Day Weekend at Sherman as we examine justice in our communities and how we can effect change. We welcome long-time Sherman member and UM Missionary to Liberia Helen Roberts-Evans, who will speak at services from 3pm to 5pm with a reception following.

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


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2017 Chicago Northwest Spring Gathering

Posted on Mar 28, 2017

Let the Children Come to Me

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” — Matthew 19:14

On April 22, Sherman UMC hosts the United Methodist Women’s 2017 Chicago Northwest Spring Gathering. We welcome Rev. Dr. Nancy C. Grim Hunter as our key speaker. Rev. Dr. Hunter is a Deacon in the United Methodist Church called to Word, Service, Compassion, and Justice. She serves her appointment as a tenured professor in the College of Education and Dean of Assessment in the College of Pharmacy at Chicago State University. She also serves on the campus ministry team. She calls St. John’s UMC of Oak Park her local church home.

Rev. Grim Hunter lives out her Deacon’s call through education and advocacy for at-risk and under-served children and adults. Pastor Nancy was recently appointed as Chair of the Children’s Ministry of the Northern Illinois Conference. She has served two years as Chair of the NIC UMC Children’s Table initiative.

Sherman UMW has a long history of service in the Chicago Northshore community, and is currently led by Pres. Cheryl Kendrick. Mildred Carter serves as registrar for this event.

Registration check in begins at 8am April 22, and the program concludes at noon. Registration is $5 per adult. You may register on site.

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