2017 RCC convention opens with film, discussion about issue(s) of violence
By Deb Christian
CHICAGO (March 30, 2017) — The 2017 Religion Communicators Council annual convention kicked off Wednesday with a screening and discussion of a documentary film about responding with faith to violence in the city of Chicago.
The nearly one-hour long documentary, Violence in Chicago: Responding with Faith, was produced by the Chicago Sunday Evening Club (CSEC).
The story told in the film is to reveal both the myths and realities of violence all across Chicago and its suburbs and discuss faith communities that are making an impact. Experts on all parts of this complex issue are also featured.
The damages of violence come not only from bullets, but also from the fear and hopelessness that accompany it. The relationship between immediate, acute violence and that which is long-term and chronic is examined as well as some of the causes of both types.
Answers to the problems are shown through the efforts of different ministries of diverse faith groups in both the city and suburbs of Chicago. Some of those are Faith Community of Saint Sabina, University Church in Hyde Park, the Englewood Crusher's Club, and the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago.
Viewers hear a call to action, learn of specific steps to take to change the situations – either as an individual effort or as part of a larger whole – and finally how to bring light and hope into the darkness of violence.
After the screening, a panel discussion featured Ernest Coverson, a human rights advocate and Amnesty International representative from the Chicago area, as well as author, pastor and social activist Danielle Buhuro.
Chicago Sunday Evening Club VP for Programming Katy Scrogin and Media Intern Taylor Gould served as emcees. The CSEC was founded in 1908 as a ministry of and to the business community of Chicago and tells stories that inspire people to put their faith into action to make Chicago better.