Author: jon

Jesus Movement Pioneer Jim Palosaari (1939-2011)

Jesus Movement Pioneer Jim Palosaari (1939-2011)

Jim Palosaari, who with his first wife Sue founded Jesus People Milwaukee, passed away May 25 of an apparent heart attack. For a brief but fairly thorough account of Jim’s life and influence, see Wikipedia. As news of Jim’s passing spread via face book, those of us who knew him or who have been influenced by his vision remembered him […]

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People’s Church Prayer Vigil / Memorial Service for Murder Victim

Approximately thirty Uptown Community activists and citizens, spearheaded by Organization of the Northeast (ONE), gathered last night at the Unitarian/Universalist People’s Church in Uptown to grieve and pray together over the death of Tim Pittman, 19, a man shot and killed within half a block of the Church’s front doors. (See the Chicago Journal’s coverage of the shooting.) I was […]

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Conversation in Community

Conversation in Community

Ever hear the word “dialectical”? No, this isn’t a discussion of Marx, Engels, Feurebach, or even Hegel. Yikes, this is a blog, not a philosophy seminar. But in community, I over and over have realized how important a “dialectical” approach in conversation can be. Dialectical, by the way, can mean merely that we try to come to an understanding of […]

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