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Chicago's West Side

A divided city can be restored.

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Oak Park

69% WHITE / 22% BLACK

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Austin

84% BLACK / 4% WHITE

On the west side of Chicago, two historic neighborhoods sit side by side. They are divided by the city limit of Chicago. The Austin neighborhood dates to 1870 with an early “L” train transforming it to  vibrant 1920s community, while adjacent Oak Park was made famous by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. But today, under the difficult race history of the city, Austin is known as a black neighborhood, Oak Park is known as white, and dividing Austin Blvd. marks an invisible line between.

Data Visualization - White and African American Populations

Yet the church of Jesus Christ is on both sides of the line.

PASTOR MICHAEL WRIGHT & PASTOR WILLIAM BEASLEY

An Unlikely Partnership

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On a Sunday Afternoon, William felt an unexpected urge from God to stand up in the middle of his lunch and go see what was happening across his street.

Find out what happened next:

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We want to be the answer to Jesus’ prayer.

“I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”

JOHN 17:23

Reconciliation is needed for the sake of the Gospel.

God is already working in every neighborhood.

Cultural and racial barriers are real.

Worship together first.

Our identity in Christ unites us.

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