Join us throughout the year at COMMUNITY as we explore a variety of modern-day justice issues through films, books, speakers, and panel discussions. Any upcoming events will be listed below.

The Homestretch

Topic: Homeless Youth  |  Film: The Homestretch

The Homestretch follows three homeless teens in Chicago as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a future while facing the trauma of being alone and abandoned at an early age. As their stories unfold, the film challenge audiences to rethink stereotypes of homelessness connecting us deeply with larger issues of poverty, race, juvenile justice, immigration, foster care, and LGBTQ rights. A panel discussion will follow the film.

Monday, October 30, 6-8 PM at the Davis Theater in Lincoln Square

The Raising of America

Topic: Early Childhood Education  |  Film: The Raising of America

The Raising of America tells the stories of families and communities doing all they can to provide the nurturing environments all babies and young children need to thrive—while too often hindered by social conditions. And when parents are pressed, babies pay the price. The consequences may last a lifetime, shaping both individual outcomes—learning, earning and mental and physical health—as well as the future health, prosperity and equity of the nation. The film makes a compelling case that improving conditions for families with young children is perhaps the most prudent investment any nation can make. Panel discussion will follow the film.

Wednesday, November 15, 7pm at the Community Christian Church Naperville Yellow Box Theater

The Raising of America - Part 2

Thursday, December 14, 7pm at the Community Christian Church Aurora Location

January 24, 2018

Topic: Exploring Different Cultures/Religions  |  Film: “30 Days: Muslims and America

David Stacy is a West Virginian Christian who moves to Dearborn, Michigan to live for 30 days in a large Muslim community.

Wednesday, January 24, 7 PM at COMMUNITY’s Naperville Yellow Box Theater.

October 11, 2018

Topic: Foster Care in the US  |  Film: “Removed”

Join us for the next film in the Justice Series in Chicago. We’re showing ReMoved, a film about the US foster care system, at the Davis Theater (4614 N Lincoln Ave) on Oct. 11 at 7 pm. Join us for the film followed by a panel discussion and a reception.

Contact Community 412 Chicago Coordinator Stef Coleman for more information.

Thursday, October 11, 7 PM at the Davis Theater in Chicago

October 18, 2018

Topic: Immigrants, scripture, and the American Dream  |  Film: “The Stranger” – a film by the Evangelical Immigration Table

“The Stranger” is a documentary film that profiles three immigrant stories and includes interviews with local and national Christian leaders.

By highlighting biblical teaching related to immigrants, sharing compelling stories of immigrants who are also Christians, and addressing some common economic and political misconceptions, The Stranger seeks to mobilize Christians to respond to immigrants and to immigration policy in ways that are consistent with biblical principles.

Thursday, Oct 18, 7 PM at COMMUNITY’s Naperville location.

November 15, 2018

Topic: Homelessness in our Communities  |  Film: Among the Discarded

Join us to learn from the film, a panel discussion, Q&A, and find out what we can do to help.

“Among the Discarded” – Artist Trent Dion Soto sacrifices his safety and sanity as he lives for 30 days on LA’s notorious Skid Row.

On his 44th birthday, Trent voluntarily joined the homeless population, on L.A.’s notorious Skid Row for 30 days in an attempt to foster positive change upon the community. Trent’s goal was total immersion, as he wanted to live as they did, with zero outside assistance. Through Trent’s eyes, and personal interactions, you will experience, first-hand, the cheers, tears, struggles, and dangers of the homeless epidemic via this raw, emotional expose.

Thursday, Nov 15, 7 PM at COMMUNITY’s Plainfield location in StuCo room 132. This event is open to all COMMUNITY attendees. Beverages and light snacks will be provided. There will be an opportunity to speak with panel members and find out how to get involved.

Thursday, Nov 15, 7-9 PM at COMMUNITY’s Plainfield location.

March 13, 2018

Topic: Criminal Justice  |  Film: “Incarcerating US”

Incarcerating US is a feature-length documentary that exposes America’s prison problem and explores ways to unshackle the Land of the Free through vital criminal justice reforms. With 2.3 million people behind bars, the U.S. has the largest prison population in the history of the world.

Tuesday, March 13, 7 PM at the Naperville Yellow Box

April 9, 2018

Topic: Sex Trafficking  |  Film: “Nefarious”

The Justice Films presents “Nefarious: Merchant of Souls”, a documentary on sex trafficking at The Davis Theater on Monday, April 9th. Film showing from 6-730 pm, followed by a panel of experts and a free reception. Come for a challenging look into an often invisible issue affecting our city and neighborhoods and leave with increased awareness and potential next steps!

$5 suggested donation at the door

Monday, April 9, 6 PM at The Davis Theater

April 18, 2018

Topic: Global Conflicts  |  Film: “Encounter Point

Encounter Point is a documentary film that follows a former Israeli settler, a Palestinian ex-prisoner, a bereaved Israeli mother and a wounded Palestinian bereaved brother who risk their lives and public standing to promote a nonviolent end to the conflict. Their journeys lead them to the unlikeliest places to confront hatred within their communities. The film explores what drives them and thousands of other like-minded civilians to overcome anger and grief to work for grassroots solutions. It is a film about the everyday leaders in our midst.

Discussion panel will follow the film.

Wednesday, April 18, 7 PM at the Naperville Yellow Box