Tag Archives: poverty

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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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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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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(In)Action.

“I wasn’t feeling well.” “I overslept.” “I thought it was a different day.” “I lost the number to call the office.” No doubt, Brother Jim and I are used to excuses.  Our friends have a tendency to become paralyzed by … Continue reading

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Disposable.

We live for things that are disposable: diapers, napkins, containers, cleaning products, and the like. These items are just so darn convenient because we no longer have to fix anything. Instead, we throw it away—no clean up, no preservation, and … Continue reading

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God’s Time

I confess that I am a “Type A” individual. I like my schedules and my conclusions, my to-do lists and my calendars. These past two weeks have shown me that for Lent, I am apparently giving up schedules and plans. … Continue reading

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Loving the “Lost Cause”

He approaches us every Wednesday as we walk. The encounter begins with some form of harassment aimed at Brother Jim: throwing a football at his back, tugging at his denim habit, or asking repeated questions, perhaps. The projected toughness of … Continue reading

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