Community Announcements – Week of 3/4/15

Community Worship, March 11th at 12:15pm in the Common Room. It is Women’s Health and History day, and Rev. Stacy Edwards-Dunn will be presiding. Community Meal is served immediately after worship, outside the Common Room.

McCormick Fellowship Awards and Prizes applications are due by Monday, March 30th to Alicia Rhine. Pages 56-62 of the 2014-2015 Academic Catalog explain the awards. Direct all questions to Alicia Rhine: 773-947-6317 or

Global Conversations happen most Mondays during the academic year in the Language Resource and Writing Center (LRWC) on the 3rd floor of the east wing of LSTC. Soup and bread are always provided. A collection is taken to help the MTS/LSTC Spouse Group who prepare and serve a meal at the Food for Life program at 1st Presbyterian Church in Woodlawn on the first Tuesday of every month.

Study Break, Tuesday, March 10th, from 4-6pm at the McCormick building. If you have any dietary restrictions, please let Sarah Bennett know ASAP!  To ensure that study breaks are a safe place for all students, the McCormick building study breaks will be alcohol-free.

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Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpeas with Lemon-Tahini Dressing

This recipe is diary free, sugar free, vegan, and gluten free! It is a perfect meal for a cold night when paired with quinoa.

Serves: 3-4

Preparation time: 25 min

Cooking time: 25 minutes


  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 ½ cups canned chickpeas (rinsed and drained)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 ½ tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro for garnish, if desired
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • Lemon-tahini dressing, optional
    • ½ cup tahini
    • ¾ water, as needed
    • 3 tbsp lemon juice
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • 1 tbsp olive oil
    • ¾ tsp sea salt
    • Black pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Toss all ingredients together in a large bowl until cauliflower and chickpeas are evenly coated.
  3. Spread onto a large baking sheet lined with foil and roast about 25 minutes, until tender.
  4. While the cauliflower mixture is roasting, whisk or blend all ingredients together, slowly adding water until you reach a desired consistency. Dressing will keep for 5 days.
  5. Serve as a side dish, or over a warm bed of quinoa as a main dish.


You may substitute broccoli for the cauliflower, if desired.

Roasted Cauliflower Recipe by Christina Bedetta:

Lemon-tahini dressing recipe by Gena Hamshaw:

Get your tickets for “Two Trains Running” NOW!

“There are always only two trains running. There is life and there is death. Each of us rides them both.” – August Wilson (1945-2005).

McCormick is hosting another Evening at the Goodman Theatre on March 13, 2015 to see Two Trains Running by August Wilson, one of the 20th century’s most acclaimed playwrights and winner of a Pulitzer Prize, Rockefeller and Guggenheim fellowships, a Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, and four New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards.

The evening begins at McCormick at 5:30pm for a reception and conversation in the Common Room. There will be a bus leaving McCormick at 6:30pm for the Goodman Theatre. The roundtrip transportation is included in the cost of each ticket.

Variety Magazine describes Two Trains Running as “perfection…[a] work by a writer at the peak of his powers.”

There are only 6 tickets remaining, so make sure to contact Reverend Nannette Banks as soon as possible to reserve your space! Tickets are $50.

Contact Rev. Banks: 773-947-6322 or

Community Announcements – Week of 2/11

Below are the Community Announcements for the Week of February 11th:

  • Community Worship, February 18th at 12:15pm in the Common Room. Christine Wenderoth will preach, with David Watkins presiding. Community Meal will be served  immediately after worship, outside the Common Room.
  • Second Presbyterian Church (1936 S Michigan Ave) is having their monthly All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast on February 14th from 8:30-11:30am. $7/person or $15/family of 4
  • Faith in Place’s Winter Farmers Market at Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park (5500 S Woodlawn Ave., Chicago, IL 60637) on Saturday, February 14th from 9am – 1pm. For dates & locations of other Winter Farmers Markets visit their website:
  • McCormick Fellowship Awards and Prizes applications are due by Monday, March 30th to Alicia Rhine. Pages 56-62 of the 2014-2015 Academic Catalog explain the awards. Direct all questions to Alicia Rhine: 773-947-6317 or
  • Acts 10:15 Meeting – TODAY after Community Worship at 1:15pm in the Ender Lobby. Plan on sitting at the two tables closest to the main entrance (or the East end of the building for those of you geographically inclined). If you cannot make the meeting but would like to be involved with Speak Week, contact the co-moderators (Nathan Schulz and Mary Kathryn Dean)
  • Leslie Deslauriers (second-year M.Div. student) is preaching at Second Presbyterian Church on 2/15 at 11am. Fellowship hour to follow worship with a free lunch.
  • Community Study Breaks will be on Tuesdays this semester, alternating between the 1400 building and the main building. All students are welcome to join in on the fun! The next one is Tuesday, February 17th from 9-11pm at the 1400 building. If you have dietary restrictions, please email Sarah Bennett.

If you have an event that you would like to share with the McCormick community, please email your announcement to the Herald Editors!

DeltaLumin Pilot Program

Faith in Place is working with Delta Institute to find participants for a pilot program that involves households with smart meters.

DeltaLumin is a pilot program that will test tools that may help individuals take advantage from your new smart meter. As a participant, you will be asked to add your voice and value to the development of DeltaLumin. Over the 3 month pilot program period, you will be asked to take 10-minute surveys and provide feedback on the program. There will be monthly opportunities for rewards as a thank you for active participants. The program begins in March and ends in May.

Take the online survey to see if you are eligible to participate. You will receive a $5 online gift card just for taking the eligibility quiz!

Do you want to find out more information about the survey? Visit the DeltaLumin Program website. If you have any questions, call 312-487-1087 or email

Upcoming Conferences

The Psychology of Religion/The Religion of Psychology – March 6th at the Divinity School

The L.E.A.D. Conference is March 7th from 8am–3pm at Fourth Presbyterian Church. For more info & to register for the event, visit the McCormick website. Free for students!

God, Land & Love with John Bell– March 8th from 2pm-5pm at First United Church of Oak Park (848 Lake Street, Oak Park). Registration is $25 in advance; $35 at the door. Contact Mark Bowman for more info 773-316-8892 or:

How to Love: A Symposium to Celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Birth of Teresa of Avila – March 20th 9-4:30pm at CTU (5416 S Cornell Ave). $15 Cost, includes lunch. For more info:

Levinas Reading – April 8-9th at the Divinity School

2015 World Mission Institute – Prisons: New Realities, New Mission. April 16-17th at LSTC. Keynote address by James Logan of Earlham College, 4/16 at 7pm. Workshops from 9am-1pm on 4/17. Free & open to the public.

Advocacy Training Weekend: April 17-20, 2015. “Breaking the Chains: Mass Incarceration and Systems of Exploitation”. Located in Washington, DC. Compassion, Peace, and Justice Training Day – 4/17. Ecumenical Advocacy Days: 4/17-4/20. For more info, visit the website:

The 35th International Conference on Critical Thinking and Educational Reform. July 25-30, 2015. Berkeley, CA. Conference Theme: Cultivating World Justice and Freedom of Thought Through Education and Social Reform. For more info, visit:

Graduating Seniors – Party Planning Committee

Graduation is only 88 days away!  And all senior work is due in only 73 days. We are definitely in the home stretch now, even though there is still a lot of work to be done.

Self-care is an important aspect of every future leader’s life (ordained or not) and we need to honor this major accomplishment in the right way. Graduating senior Danny Morales says it best, “Folks, we need to party!!” If you are a graduating senior interested in planning an end-of-the-year celebration, contact Danny Morales so you can start planning.

Remembering Ernie Banks

By: Lowell Young

Chicago Cubs legend Ernie Banks passed away at the age of 83 on Friday, January 23rd.  His passing occurred in the evening just as the local 10 o’clock newscasts were beginning.  Immediately after announcing the news of Mr. Banks’ passing, Chicago Channels 2, 5 and 7 put almost all other news aside and devoted nearly all of their 30 minute newscasts to memorializing Ernie Banks.

Other great sports figures have gone home to The Lord without newscasts devoting nearly all of their air time to the sports figure’s passing.  So what specifically did Ernie Banks do to warrant such extensive, almost unprecedented attention?

First and foremost, Ernie Banks was a truly great, tremendously gifted baseball player—one of the best of all-time.  He played his entire 19 year major league career with one team—the Chicago Cubs.  During those 19 years (1953-1971), the Cubs rarely contended for a National League championship.  However, Banks was a 14 time All-Star and he won the National League Most Valuable Player (MVP) award in both 1958 and 1959 even though the Cubs finished last in both seasons! To this day—despite having retired more than 40 years ago—Ernie Banks still leads all past and present Cub players in most lifetime games, and leads in career hits and runs batted in.  His 512 career home runs are second only to Sammy Sosa.  No wonder Ernie Banks is known as “Mr. Cub” and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977, his first year of eligibility.

However, as tributes began pouring in following his passing, it became very clear that Ernie Banks was far more than just a great baseball player.  He was a truly unique and positive individual who touched the lives of many both on and off the baseball field.

During his playing career—though he was an unquestioned superstar—Banks remained very humble and self-assuming and accepted any and all speaking invitations to everything from Little League banquets to exclusive country club dinners.  Wherever he went, Mr. Banks invariably stayed well beyond the time he was expected to be there and individually greeted each and every person and often engaged many in extended conversations.  One story after another recounting such incidents filled the internet and the airways of Chicago sports talk radio stations in the days following Banks’ untimely passing.

In many ways, Ernie Banks was a trailblazer and a pioneer.  He was the Cubs’ first African American player, signing with the team in 1953 at the age of 22.  His signing paved the way for other African Americans—and later numerous Hispanic players—to join the Cubs, eventually making the Cubs one of Major League’s most racially and ethnically diverse teams.

Another of Mr. Banks’ trailblazing and pioneering activities occurred in the latter stages of his life.  For a number of years, Banks, along with many others, lobbied for the Chicago Cubs to have a float in the Gay Pride parade that takes place annually in Chicago’s Lake View neighborhood, not far from the Cubs historic home stadium, Wrigley Field.  When the Cubs eventually agreed to participate in the Gay Pride parade, the individual who represented the Cubs on their parade float was none other than Ernie Banks!

As a Guest Services Ambassador for the Cubs for the past five years, I would occasionally see Ernie Banks around Wrigley Field from time to time and briefly exchange pleasantries with him.  He was always kind and considerate with me, as he was with everyone he encountered.  Though I remember these brief encounters fondly, by far my fondest memory of Mr. Cub occurred more than 30 years ago, far from the friendly confines of Wrigley Field.

In early 1983, my wife’s mother arrived in Chicago from Honduras to begin a new life here in the United States.  As part of the process of getting my mother-in-law established here, I accompanied her to a nearby bank in our Northwest side Chicago neighborhood to help her open a bank account.  The receptionist in the bank lobby directed us to the customer service area, where we were greeted by an impeccably dressed middle aged African American man, who introduced himself to us as Mr. Banks.  My mother-in-law had no clue who he was; but I recognized him instantly.  It was Ernie Banks!

After we sat down at his desk, I asked him with all the diplomacy I could muster how was it that he came to be doing customer service work at this neighborhood bank.  He patiently explained to me that he did part-time public relations work for the bank and he felt he could better represent the bank by occasionally working in various departments that dealt directly with the public. It just so happened that today was his day to help out in customer service.  “So”, he said, “what can I do for you and this lovely lady with you?”  When I introduced my mother-in-law to him, and explained that she had just arrived from Honduras and that she spoke virtually no English, Mr. Banks immediately said “Bienvenida a los Estados Unidos, senora.  Como yo puedo ayudarle?  (Welcome to the United States, madam.  How can I help you?)

Greatly surprised at his ability to speak Spanish, I asked Mr. Banks where and when he had learned the language.  He said he had never taken any formal Spanish lessons; but while he was playing for the Cubs he “picked up” Spanish as a result of listening to conversations involving  his many Hispanic Cub teammates and then conversing with them in their native language.  Even though many of his Hispanic teammates eventually learned to speak English quite well, he continued to speak to them in their native language as a way of making them feel more welcome.

Mr. Banks, my mother-in-law and I spent the next 30 minutes or so opening my mother-in-law’s bank account—doing so almost entirely in Spanish.  When we finished, Mr. Banks accompanied us to the front door and hugged both of us before we left. I told him it was a pleasure and an honor to meet him. He responded that the pleasure and honor was his. He then turned to my mother-in-law and said “buenas suerte con tu vida nueva in los EstadosUnidos” (good luck with your new life in the United States).

As we were walking back to my apartment, my mother-in-law and I reflected on the helpfulness and kindness of the man who served us at the bank.  More than once she said to me “que un hombre bueno” (“what a good man”).  Ernie Banks was certainly that!

Yes, Ernie Banks was a truly great baseball player—one of the best ever!  But as a trailblazer and a pioneer, as a proponent for acceptance and inclusion, as one who welcomed and assisted immigrants, and as one who made average, ordinary, everyday people feel like superstars when they were in his presence, Ernie Banks was without peer.  And that’s why TV, radio and social media devoted so much time to his passing.

Yes, Ernie Banks was a good man—a very good man! May he rest in peace in God’s loving arms.



Changing Our Mind

On Friday, November 7th, Rev. Dr. David Gushee spoke to the McCormick community about his new book, Changing Our Mind. In the book, Dr. Gushee acknowledges his responsibility is the reading of scripture that helped create tensions between religious families and their LGBT family members. “Pushing peacemaking and urban violence together with LGBT rights helped me find the intersection of these 2 issues,” Dr. Gushee remarked. His opening statements heavily focused on the homeless youth population in the United States.

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