January 25 Workshop on Preventing Childhood Trauma
A coalition of Chicago area religious groups and social service agencies are presenting a workshop, "Claiming the Healing Wisdom of our Traditions: Shaping a Faith-Rooted Movement to Foster Resilience and Prevent Childhood Trauma" on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. James Commons.
Illinois Voices for Kids Summit on November 18
Now in its 30th year fighting as an independent advocate for children and families, Voices for Illinois Children is hosting "Removing Barriers, Building Opportunities: A Summit on Children & Families." This Summit will be on Friday, November 18th from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Marriott Magnificent Mile in Chicago.
Observe Children's Sabbath This Fall
The 2016 National Observance of Children’s Sabbath is coming up October 21-23. Children’s Sabbath, sponsored by the Children’s Defense Fund, is an interfaith celebration in which congregations hold special worship services, education programs, and advocacy activities to engage people of faith in the lives of children and their families.
We All Live Here!
ALL of our children need to feel safe in their neighborhoods, have schools that provide them with a good education, have a stimulating environment that nurtures their development toward adulthood. This is why our three NIC/UVC United Methodist affiliated agencies (Rosecrance, ChildServ, and MYSI) are so important in their services to the children, youth, and adults in our communities.
The Fabric of Hope
A little bit of hope is better than no hope at all. It is the essential ingredient in a life that is intentional about moving forward. What keeps hope alive for anyone who looks forward to a new day instead of downward into the pit of despair? While it is impossible to tell for everyone what keeps hope alive, there are at least four different threads that are woven into the fabric of hope.
An Attitude of Gratitude
Happiness comes from contentment, grace, the awareness of simple abundance. It is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratitude which leads us to happiness. Developing an attitude for gratitude means learning to give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is toward something bigger and better than your current situation.