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The McKinley Presbyterian Church and Foundation are pleased to announce scholarship opportunities for the 2019-2020 academic school year. Scholarship awards range from $500 to $2,000. Apply today!
The McKinley Foundation will screen the documentary Jesus Camp on Friday, May 3, at 7 PM in the McKinley Foundation Living Room.
Synopsis: Jesus Camp, a 2006 documentary directed by Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing, follows Levi, Rachel and Tory to Pastor Becky Fisher’s “Kids on Fire” summer camp in Devil’s Lake, North Dakota, where kids as young as 6 years old are taught to become dedicated Christian soldiers in “God’s army.” The film follows these children at camp as they hone their “prophetic gifts” and are schooled in how to “take back America for Christ.” The film was a first-ever look into an intense training ground that recruits born-again Christian children to become an active part of America’s political future.
Featured Guest: Nathan R. Todd, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Illinois, will facilitate a pre- and post-screening discussion. Dr. Todd’s research focuses on how religion and Whiteness shape individual and group engagement with social justice.
Admission: Movie is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 PM. Free parking is available at the parking garage across the street.
This film is part of a year-long series exploring freedom in the 21st century, inspired by American artist Norman Rockwell’s paintings of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms (1941)—freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.
The McKinley Giving Garden is a partnership among many—The McKinley Foundation, McKinley Presbyterian Church, Presby Hall, Faith in Place, and the UI Extension. The list keeps growing, and so does our garden!
We are growing produce for clients of the McKinley Pantry at Garden Hills as well as others in the community who have limited access to fresh produce.
How does this garden grow? With lots of love and labor from our friends and neighbors, and of course the wonders of nature. Now through the end of October, we will meet in the garden on Monday evenings beginning at 5:30 PM. We work until the work is done or until the sun goes down… whichever comes first. We would love your help.
No gardening experience is necessary, just a willingness to work outside for a couple hours. Each week we will have a volunteer captain on hand who will provide instruction for each task that’s needed that day. This is a great way to grow your own gardening skills while supporting a great cause.
Artist’s Alley, a secure gallery at the McKinley Foundation, 809 S. 5th on the UI campus, welcomes visual artists to display their work during the Boneyard Arts Festival this April.
The art should be a contemporary piece that relates to the gallery’s current social justice theme.
“Engage 4 Freedom” is a year-long rotating exhibit featuring works inspired by American artist Norman Rockwell’s paintings of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms (1941)—freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. This exhibit is inspired by our partnership with the For Freedoms Federation which uses art to encourage and deepen public explorations of freedom in the 21st century and to inject the anti-partisan, critical thinking that fine art requires into the political landscape through programming, exhibitions, and public artworks.
Applications must be submitted by March 15 and are available here on our website. Artwork must be ready to hang and delivered on March 28 or 29. For more information, contact Paula Hancock at 217-344-0297 or email@example.com.
Feeding the hungry, offering second chances while healing communities, and furthering interfaith understanding—these are just a few examples of the amazing work being done in our community that will be honored at the 2019 McKinley Foundation Social Justice Awards Gala.
Now in its 10th year, the awards celebrate students and community members who have demonstrated contributions and achievement in making our world a more just and better place, leveling the playing field and supporting marginalized people. Each award carries a $500 prize.
The award winners—Omar Kashow, Johnell Bentz, Feeding Our Kids and First Followers—will be honored at the 10th Annual Social Justice Awards Gala on Saturday, March 30, at the McKinley Foundation. 2018 MacArthur “Genius” recipient and University of Illinois Associate Professor of Sociology and Law, Dr. Rebecca L. Sandefur, PhD, will serve as keynote speaker.
Individual tickets are $60; a table for eight is $450. Purchase your tickets today!