Tag Archives: Back of the Yards

The Case of the Chocolate Bunny

A well-built man, commanding in presence and successful in life, is first to admit he did not think walking the streets was the greatest idea ever invented. He did not immediately see the wisdom in approaching gang members, especially the … Continue reading

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A (Not So Ordinary) Day In the Life of Brothers and Sisters of Love

Walking up the street, something did not feel right. Stares felt interrogating; silence seemed heavier. We approached 54th and Laflin on a typical Wednesday walk through the Back of the Yards neighborhood and were met with an unusual dynamic. Groups … Continue reading

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Traitors.

“Why are you wearing that?!” The question was typical, but the tone of voice was not. “So you know we’re from the Church.” Brother Jim gave his usual response to the question asked of his blue-jean patchwork habit that stirred … Continue reading

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Where Is Your Church?

During our weekly walks, Brother Jim must answer these questions repeatedly: “Where is your Church?” “When are your services?” It is very confusing for the residents of Back of the Yards to understand that Brother Jim does not have a … Continue reading

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Love v. Fear

The air was oddly still as Brother Jim and I approached 53rd and Hoyne that Friday night. We had heard of two gang members who had been killed in a retaliation shooting the previous day, and we were looking for … Continue reading

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We’re Having a Party!

Top Five Reasons Why You Should Come to Friendly Tap next Tuesday, April 24th: 1. All the food and drink you can get your hands on. Join us for unlimited beer and wine, and tasty treats from area restaurants. 2. … Continue reading

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From Where Do We Give?

“When he looked up he saw some wealthy people putting their offerings into the treasury and he noticed a poor widow putting in two small coins. He said, “I tell you truly, this poor widow put in more than all … Continue reading

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Chains

Image via Wikipedia Strolling through the sidewalks, the poverty is palpable.  Boarded-up homes are more common than not, garbage overcomes the front lawns where children play, and multiple families all huddle under the same small roof.  The presence of gangs … Continue reading

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