Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Uniting a Diverse Chicago

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

For those who are receiving this announcement for the first time, welcome! The School of the Prophets is an ecumenical group of men and women from many backgrounds who have been meeting together since January 2000. We meet this Saturday May 6, at 7 a.m. at Austin Corinthian Baptist Church at 823 S. Cicero Ave., which is 2 blocks south of the Eisenhower Expressway on the east side of the street next to Marvin’s Soul Food Restaurant.

Our aim is to pursue the unity of believers that Jesus prayed for in John 17:20: “I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.”

This Saturday our teaching and devotional time will be led by Mike Ivers. A native of Chicago, Mike obtained his undergraduate degree from DePaul University in 1970. After studies at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, he was ordained a Catholic priest in 1974. He also spent four summers studying at the Institute of Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University in New Orleans, Louisiana. During his 27 years as a Catholic priest, he made an impact by organizing efforts to combat gangs, eliminate substandard housing, build new housing, and bring new retail stores to Chicago’s West Side. He spent his active ministry in Chicago’s African-American community, lately as Pastor of St. Agatha Church in North Lawndale where he served from 1988-2000, walking the streets, visiting homes, and building a sense of community among the residents.

He co-founded Look to the Future with Commonwealth Edison and other major corporate sponsors to paint the homes of the elderly and disabled in 19 communities. Mike played a key role in the creation of United Power for Action and Justice (250 institutions paying $450,000 in annual dues bringing together diverse people for relational power).

Mike’s leadership in Chicago was recognized when he was named a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International in 1999, and in 2000 when he was named the Distinguished Fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago. Mayor Richard M. Daley appointed Mike to the Board of the Chicago Housing Authority in September 2001. Mike became a board member of Chicago Communities in School in 2002.

Mike has been president of Goodcity (===>Click headline to access website) since May 2001, focusing his energy on building relationships among people, churches, organizations, and civic entities to build a better Chicago.

We will begin our time together at 7 a.m. with worship and prayer. Please pray with Brother Mike as he prepares to bring us a word from the Lord. We will allow plenty of time for discussion and questions.

If you can stay, breakfast will be served at around 8:30 a.m. for a cost of $5.

To the glory of God!
Brother Bob Marsh
323 West Chicago Ave., Hinsdale, IL 60521

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