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Honoring Dr. King: A Call Beyond Charity

“True compassion is more than flinging a coin at a beggar.  It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.” -Martin Luther King, Jr. (Beyond Vietnam) As we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. today, we reflect on the many profound statements he made throughout his journey…

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Suffering and Fear in Light of the Advent- a reflection from Joel Hamernick

If I were to ask you to play a word association game with “Christmas”, you probably wouldn’t immediately think of “suffering and fear”.   But Christmas is a time of reflection and when you’ve had a year like ours, it turns out to be helpful to look at these uncomfortable subjects in light of the message…

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Sunshine Christmas Store Empowers Woodlawn Families

Fifteen years ago as Sunshine staff was gathering toys from churches and other individual donations, a conversation began to emerge.  The question of how Sunshine can better engage with parents and include them in the work Sunshine is doing was processed.  Instead of just handing out charity, they saw that giving parents and caregivers the…

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Wheaton College Comes to Woodlawn

Building Bridges: Wheaton in Chicago For more than a decade, Sunshine has been formulating a concept designed for college-age students that would offer more in-depth service learning–extending beyond the typical week-long BridgeBuilders experience. This initiative would further cultivate growth in understanding issues of race, poverty, and justice as students learn and live in the neighborhood…

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3 Students Forge a Path Through Faith and Learning

  3 Students Forge a Path Through Faith and Learning More than 30 students participate in Sunshine’s College LIFE program, most the first in their families to attend college. Arnold Sojourner, who runs the program, understands the unique set of challenges that these students face. Like their peers, these students struggle with identity. But, they…

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Jazlyn Builds Resilience in Youth Through Passion for the Arts

  “If I had one message for the youth that I work with it’s this; God wants us to really LIVE, not just survive.” –Jazlyn Anderson Growing up in Detroit for most of her life, Jazlyn Anderson always had a passion for the arts.  Though she grew up in a disinvested community, she had strong…

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Artistic Theologian Instills Value in Woodlawn Teens

Lamar Simms pictured here with his wife, Sade.   Resilient.  Dreamer. Artistic.  Athletic. Self-Motivated.  Theologian. “I grew up in a rough part of the city, Englewood.  Growing up there can either make you or break you.  For me, it made me.  For many of my friends, it broke them.”  Lamar Simms has a special resilience…

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Greenline Coffee Celebrates 3 Years of Cultivating Community.

Greenline Coffee enjoys a good cup of community.  If you come to Greenline Coffee on any given day you will see the local neighborhood faithfuls; those that come almost daily to get work done on their laptops, enjoy a cup of coffee, discuss ideas, and share life.  A group of business professionals are holding a…

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Father. Brother. Son. Brought up by the Lord.

Father. Brother Son. Brought up by the Lord.  While playing basketball at the Washington Park court on the corner of 60th and Martin Luther King Dr., Middle School Youth Director Donnell Williams jokes with the 8th-graders.  Rakirah, 14, says, “I just love that Donnell is so relatable to us.  There’s nothing I can’t tell him…

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Sunshine Partners with Book Fair and Food Truck Fest

On July 16th, Sunshine Gospel Ministries was honored to participate in the Second Annual Soulful Chicago Book Fair!  The Woodlawn Chamber of Commerce headed by Carlas Gilbert hosted the first Woodlawn Food Truck Festival in conjunction with the event.  Six blocks along 61st St. were filled with food, music, collaboration, and many black authors having…

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