WELCOME!

Vincent Guider - North Lawndale Kinship Initiative Executive Director

There's much to do if we are ever to achieve true kinship and justice in the City of Chicago, but we believe it is possible and that is our mission.

Given the racial and religious division and political hostility we are experiencing in our country today, we choose to respond by coming together and setting a different course. Our (Kinship) community development partnership brings together churches, schools, community organizations, elected officials, businesses and individual citizens in North Lawndale and Old St. Pat's Church to work together for progress and positive transformation. We do so to counteract exploitive, bigoted, divisive forces and instead develop meaningful relationships all the while we address critical issues we face in our city.

There's no doubt that we differ in many ways. We are city dwellers, suburbanites, Protestants, Catholics, non-believers, less and more wealthy, younger, older and in-between, black, white, Hispanic, Aisian, of Native American origin and of varying political parties and sexual orientations. We come from the west, south and north sides of the city and multiple generations and cultures are represented. However, despite our differences we most importantly share a desire to contribute to the common good. We aim to model best practices of Chicago community life in 2019. And here's why we do this. Our main objective is not "service." Serving is truly important and needed, but our main goal is mutual transformation. We hope that the very act of coming together will ultimately transform us deep down. We strive to truely be good neighbors to one another because love of neighbor is love of God.

We invite you to join us to cross racial. economic and cultural boundaries. Gather with us in our dialogs, dreaming, planning, rolling up our sleeves, playing and praying in a spirit of KINSHIP.

Interfiath allies from throughout Chicago-land rally for justice at the Community Renewal Society's MLK Day Faith in Action Assembly in January 2017.

Interfiath allies from throughout Chicago-land rally for justice at the Community Renewal Society's MLK Day Faith in Action Assembly in January 2017.