Community of Congregations to host discussion on Austin

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By Ashley Lisenby

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In an effort to combat and dismantle one-dimensional depictions of the Austin community, the Oak Park-River Forest Community of Congregations will hold a panel discussion on Monday, Sept. 30.

The goal of the meeting is to help residents from both neighborhoods better understand each other. Groups from Oak Park and Austin, such as Austin Coming Together (ACT), Bethel New Life, Circle Family Healthcare Network and the OP-RF Food Pantry, are just a few of the organizations that will present varying angles on the issue during the panel discussion.

The Community of Congregations is a network of local churches in Oak Park and River Forest, which sponsors, among other activities and events, the annual Thanksgiving Interfaith Service.

The program will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Ascension Catholic Church, 808 S. East Ave. in Oak Park.

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Leonard Grossman from River Forest, Illinois  

Posted: September 26th, 2013 6:31 AM

We look forward to a fascinating evening Monday. I want to add a note to mention that some 30 years ago the Oak Park-River Forest Council of Churches became the Community of Congregations in order to include Jewish congregations, Bahai'i and others. Since then it has grown to include participation of Buddhists, Muslims and additional denominations.

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