Lunch and Learn - September 30th

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8th Day Center for Justice

Lunch & Learn

September 30, 2015



Adelaida Jiménez Cortés

Women and Church: A Colombian Perspective


With experience in different social spaces and movements at the local, national and international levels, Ms. Cortés has written and published theological articles from the perspective of her gender, interculturality, human rights and peace. As President of the Board of CETELA (Community of Theological Education and Latin American/Caribbean Ecumenism), she accompanies processes of reclaiming human rights and eliminating violence against women with social organizations in the city.  She participates in the Investigative Group for Human Rights and Peace, an organization that includes the use of biblical/theological tools in analyzing the situations of violence and displacement in Colombia and in promoting human rights and peace and which involves the church and the academy in the recovery of historical memory and restoration of human dignity for communities displaced by the long Colombian civil war.


Adelaida Jiménez Cortés studied Theology at the Seminario Teológico Presbiteriano and has a degree in Education from the University of Santo Tomás with an emphasis on promoting community.  She also has a Masters in Theological Studies from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago and is an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church of Colombia (North Coast Presbytery). She is Director of the Program of Theology and teaches at the Reformed University in Barranquilla.  She will be accompanied by her husband, Rev. Milton Mejia, who is General Secretary of Latin American Council of Churches.



Adelaida Jiménez Cortés 



September 30 (Wednesday), 2015

12 noon - 1:30 pm

8th Day Center for Justice

205 W. Monroe, 5th Floor


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Addressing White Privilege

Addressing White Privilege
A Statement by 8th Day Center for Justice
“They misled my people by saying that all is well when all is not well. It is as if my people built an unstable wall and these prophets used whitewash on it, not plaster." Ezekiel 13:10

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. knew all about “whitewashing” when, in his 1963 Letters from Birmingham Jail, he wrote, “ I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White citizens’ ‘Councilor’ or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate who is more devoted to ‘order’ than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says ‘I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I can’t agree with your methods of direct action’ who paternistically feels that he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by the myth of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait until a ‘more convenient season.’ Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.

Petition to End Solitary


End solitary confinement in Illinois prisons

“After only a short time in solitary, I felt all of my senses begin to diminish. There was nothing to see but grey walls…..The lights were kept on for 24 hours. I often found myself wondering if an event I was recollecting had happened that morning or days before. I talked to myself.” 


241 Solitary Confinement ImageIllustration by JP Trostle

Please sign the petition to end solitary confinement by clicking here.

Catholic Sisters for a Healthy Earth Reflection Booklet


Several of 8th Day's Member Congregations joined the Catholic Sisters for a Healthy Earth in preparing a reflection booklet on the various rooms of a house, placing each room and its activities into the broader context of our Earth-home.  

Click here to access the 'Earth as Our Home'
reflection booklet!

8th Day Statement on the Affordable Care Act

We begin this statement by saying that our vision is that all people would have access to health care.  Health care is a necessity, not a privilege.

While universal health care coverage is not yet a reality, we realize that over 48 million Americans according to the 2011 U.S. Census are uninsured.  We cannot allow this to continue.  Those who are uninsured are most often people who are poor, working people with low-paying jobs, or the unemployed.  If health care is needed, they must go to emergency rooms, which is very expensive.   The cost is passed on in the form of increased premiums to all who do have health insurance.