Cornerstones is a group of adults over fifty, including couples, partners, spouses,
who gather for fellowship and programs. We welcome people who are seeking
connections and relationship with such a group. We usually meet on the first Friday of the month at 6:00 p.m. in the Gratz Center.
Reservations are requested for each event. For details or to RSVP, contact Carol Allerton at 312.640.5448.
“Using Rap in Ministry”
Led by Julian “J.Kwest” DeShazier
Friday, May 2, 2014
6:00 p.m. in Borwell Dining Room
For nearly a decade, the ministry of Julian “J.Kwest” DeShazier has been an exploration in the relationship between music and faith. This Chicago native uses his rhythm to tell stories of deep meaning—inside and out of the church. His award-winning song “So Blessed” was featured on the Grammy-nominated compilation Holy Hip Hop: Taking the Gospel to the Streets. He will discuss the relationship between his ministry and rap as well as the history of hip hop and the social context out of which it has arisen.
He has been celebrated as “Living Black History” by Urban Ministries International. In 2012, he and his group Verbal Kwest were featured in the OXFAM- and Bread for the World-produced documentary The Line, providing a critical voice against poverty and violence in the U.S.
The vision of J.Kwest and his “PureMusic” brand is to strengthen yet stretch beyond our notions of faith. “I believe these stories are universally significant. We only spend a couple of hours in church, and we need a soundtrack for the rest of life,” he said.
He has been covered by CBS, ABC7, Rolling Out and N’Digo magazines, and Maya Angelou’s “Oprah & Friends” radio station. He appeared at the Children’s Defense Fund and has shared stages at major gospel music festivals, the Taste of Chicago, and the national conventions for the United Church of Christ and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Julian is a graduate of Morehouse College and the University of Chicago Divinity School. He currently serves as pastor of University Church Chicago in Hyde Park.
A prepaid reservation of $25 with Carol Allerton (312.640.5448) is required by Wednesday, April 30. Please see below for payment details.
Friday, June 6, 2014
Details to come
Registration for Cornerstones programs are typically required by the Wednesday prior to the event, and they are considered complete upon receipt of event payment. Please write “Cornerstones” on the memo line of a check made payable to Fourth Presbyterian Church. Checks can be mailed to the church (126 E. Chestnut Street, Chicago, IL 60611) or left in an envelope with the receptionist at the Chestnut Street entrance. Please be sure to put “Attn: Carol Allerton” on the envelope and let Carol know that you are mailing it or dropping it off so she can be on the lookout for it. To pay by credit card, contact Carol Allerton 312.640.5448.
For more information about Cornerstones, contact Carol Allerton