Kimball Avenue United Church of Christ

"Holy & Whole"
2018 Lenten Fast for Community Well-being

We believe that every person is created in God's image and is valuable, lovable and holy. We believe that God wants all God's people to experience wholeness and well-being. Jesus said, "I have come that they may have life—and have it fully." Jesus brought well-being to everyone he met—showing special compassion toward those experiencing "dis-ease" and distress.

Unfortunately, we live in a society where experiencing a state of wholeness and well-being is challenging. And the supports for those in distress are disappearing. In 1981, the city of Chicago had 19 mental health clinics scattered throughout the city. Over the years, the city has closed all but 6 of the centers—including the one in Logan Square serving the Northwest side. Yet, with increased violence, chronic poverty and homelessness, increased youth suicides, etc, the need for community mental health services is more needed than ever.

This year, our Lenten Compact will focus on being a faith community where everyone will experience well-being and wholeness. To accomplish our goal, we will fast from words that kill and feast on words that give life. We will break the chains that hold us in distress and brokenness. And we will work for the creation of a Community Mental Health Center to support those who are struggling.
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