Tag Archives: Chicago

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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Values.

When we walked up to the front door, the family was waiting for us. “Did you hear what happened?” The tone of voice was deflated. Brother Jim and I braced ourselves for the news about one of our teenage friends. … Continue reading

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Looking at the Truth from Both Sides Now

Walking up to the casket, the two-month-old looked like a baby doll–a tiny frame with polished skin–that had never experienced life. The nineteen-year-old mother made her way up the aisle, leaning against the father of the child and weeping into … Continue reading

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Double Standards.

“Man, I ain’t never gonna step foot in that Colorado place. First they had Columbine, and now this Batman stuff. Those people are crazy!” All the guys were in agreement as we hung around the Row Houses last Friday afternoon. … Continue reading

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Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Mo….

I’m not sure what exactly I had in mind when I entered the juvenile court that first time, but I was shocked by the utter chaos of what I witnessed. The waiting room consisted of three long wooden benches not … Continue reading

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Elbert O’ Neal

When most people think of the history of the Brothers and Sisters of Love, they think of the days of Brother Bill standing in between warring gangs in the Cabrini-Green projects, unafraid and untouched by the bullets whizzing by.  Or … 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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God: Friend or Supplier?

A middle-aged woman, ridden with AIDS, looks at us with frustrated tears in her eyes. She is at her breaking point, weighed down by illness, family concerns, and has relapsed into drug use.  The former joy present in her face … Continue reading

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Second Chances

What began as hostile air has turned into a place weighted with curiosity. Blank stares have turned into quick hellos, and short greetings have turned into longer conversations. Once again, the walks of Brothers and Sisters of Love have made … 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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