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succeed, we need to begin with what we have to work with. What are our
resources right now, in terms of people, the building, the neighborhood, our
contacts in the wider world?
Thirty-some adults, black and white, mostly living in Chicago within
a mile or two of the Church... What are our skills? What are our
interests? What is our life situation?
To get to know each other at a deeper level, it would be
valuable to get together in small groups and talk about our spiritual paths -
how did we get where we are today? What were the bumps, the questions,
the doubts, the epiphanies, the lessons learned along the way? Who were
our mentors? What books or experiences have been touchstones for us?
Preston Bradley Center is a huge old building, six stories
tall, and grand in design. It has a generous sanctuary on
the first floor and rising four stories, with two balconies and seating for
1500. On the lower floor is a large dining hall and a kitchen equipped
for serving meals to the public. The second floor holds church
The 5th floor has a hall rented to Christ Pentecostal, an African
church; the fourth floor is home to REST's medical
clinic and offices, and to the two-story grand ballroom, currently
used to store furniture and clothing for the shelter.
On 3 1/2 East and West are long, pleasant rooms with
windows. East is rented by REST. West is used for meetings,
classes, and could be used as a space for children's services.
Some ways in which the building can be used by the community include:
|After-school Youth programs |
|Adult evening programs|
|What else can you think of?|
Uptown is incredibly diverse, with some 130 languages spoken in local
schools. It includes rich and poor, educated and illiterate.
How can we see these qualities as resources?
Some ways for Peoples Church to interact with the community can
|Youth programs (e.g., Girl Scouts, tutoring,
Our Whole Lives (OWL) UCC/UU sexuality education)|
|What other possibilities can you think of?|