United Methodist Church to hold panel Saturday

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The United Methodist Church of Chicago will hold an urban strategy community safety event Saturday from 9 to 12:30 p.m. at Michele Clark Academic Preparatory High School, 5101 W. Harrison St.

The event will feature a panel, whose invited guests include Chicago Police Chief Garry McCarthy; 1st Deputy Al Wysinger; Phillip Hampton, CPS’ chief community engagement and family officer; Ald. Deborah Graham (29th Ward); Ald. Michael Chandler (24th Ward); Ald. Jason Ervin (28th Ward); and Robert Klich, the Chicago Police Department’s 15th District executive officer.

Attendees will include Bishop Sally Dyck of the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church and members of more than 60 faith communities they represent across the city of Chicago.

The goal of the community safety event is to bring together community stakeholders, engage in dialogue with city officials, and facilitate the development and implementation of community safety action plans to mobilize United Methodist churches to impact the neighborhoods throughout the city.

In May, United Methodists covenanted with the people of Chicago to improve the quality of life of people living in the city in the areas of community safety, restorative justice, education and literacy, and food security.

During Saturday’s event, youth will lead a community safety “clothesline project” as a part of a public action to speak out for community safety.

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