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First service of 2015-2016


Guest Speaker: Ms. Jeanne Bishop, Author, Cook County Public Defender

Ms. Jeanne Bishop, author and an attorney with the Office of the Cook County Public Defender, will speak on the topic (the name of her book), Change of Heart: Justice, Mercy, and Making Peace with My Sister’s Killer.  This powerful, true story of faith and forgiveness shows that all of us are capable of experiencing the healing and renewal that comes with truly forgiving another.  Her talk will tell us of the transformative journey she undertook after the murders of her sister and brother-in-law in Winnetka in 1990 and the arrest of the local teenager who committed the crime.  This journey challenged Jeanne’s belief in the message of Jesus on the cross and eventually moved her beyond simple forgiveness to the deeper waters of redemption and grace.

Jeanne Bishop, in addition to being an author and public defender, is an adjunct professor at Northwestern University School of Law.  A graduate of Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism and Northwestern University School of Law, Ms. Bishop also attended Yale Law School as a Visiting Student.  She is a recipient of NU’s alumni award for public service.  She is also co-recipient of the Brigid Award bestowed by the humanitarian organization Concern Worldwide on women of compassion and justice.  On gun violence prevention, Ms. Bishop volunteers with the Brady Campaign Against Gun Violence, lobbying in the U.S. Congress and state legislatures for sensible gun safety laws. Her opinion pieces on the gun issue have appeared in the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times. On the death penalty, Ms. Bishop writes, speaks and advocates nationally and internationally against executions.  She has spoken against the death penalty in dozens of U.S. states, France, Ireland, Japan and Mongolia.

Reminder: Water Ceremony

We will perform our eighth annual Water Ceremony at the first service of the year on September 13.  During this short ceremony, members are invited to come forward and pour their collected water into a communal vessel symbolizing the unity of our group and our reunification after our summer travels.  Everyone is asked to say where their water came from (one place only, please).  A pitcher of water will be provided for those who do not have the actual water from their destination.


Earlier Event: August 30
Picnic at Gillson Park
Later Event: September 20
An Iranian Professor's Story