Sharing the Faith: Easter 2016 Programs


Sharing the Faith is an educational program offering opportunities for a diverse Chicago community to learn about Judaism, Christianity, and Islam during their respective sacred seasons. These weeklong celebrations held during religiously significant seasons seek to provide the Chicago public with a window into the diverse worlds of the three “Abrahamic” traditions. Under the umbrella of Sharing the Faith, Niagara Foundation offers platforms for dialogue celebrating Sukkot, Easter and Ramadan. By collaborating with local parishes, congregations, mosques and communities, Niagara seeks to create programs that are both nourishing for the respective community and the larger Chicago interfaith audience.

As Christians worldwide celebrate the holy week of Easter, Niagara Foundation seeks to explore this holiday’s meaning by hearing about its history, narratives, and spiritual themes as presented through voices from those who practice this holiday by going straight to the source.

On March 24, 2016, Niagara Foundation and Old St. Patrick’s Church present “Holy Thursday Liturgy,” a night of celebrating diversity and inclusion with food while commemorating the Christian sacrament of the Last Supper. This interfaith dinner will bring the together members of Abrahamic faiths in conversation with the congregation of Old St. Patrick’s Church.

This event is a great opportunity to explore the holiday of Easter, and individuals and families of all faiths are encouraged to attend.

If you have difficulties registering for this event, please contact HADIS FETIC, Director of Operations via email at [email protected] or phone 312-240-0707 Ext. 115.

Each year, Willow Chicago hosts a Good Friday experience called the “Way of the Cross” to commemorate Jesus Christ’s last day on Earth as a man. Participants walk through a self-guided experience consisting of 14 experiential stations. At each station, the individual recalls and meditates on a specific event from Christ’s last day beginning with the last supper and culminating with the burial.
For Christians, Good Friday is an important part of the preparation for Easter Sunday and the celebration of His resurrection. We spend time reflecting on the crucifixion and the love Jesus expressed to us on the cross so that we can fully enter in to the celebration of Easter Sunday. The Way of the Cross experience can be completed in about 30-45 minutes. Participants are encouraged to take as long as they wish to walk through the stations. Guides are available upon request.

If you have difficulties registering for this event, please contact HADIS FETIC, Director of Operations via email at [email protected] or phone 312-240-0707 Ext. 115.

Dates & Venues:

Thursday,March 24th, 2016 (St. Old Patrick’s Church)

6pm: Holy Thursday Dinner
8pm: Mass of the Lord’s Supper
9:30pm: Night Watch

Old St. Patrick’s Church
700 W Adams St, Chicago, IL 60661

Francis Xavier Warde School (for dinner only)
120 S Desplaines St, Chicago, IL 60661

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Friday, March 25th, 2016 (Willow Creek Community Church)

Tours are available all day between 10:00am – 8:00pm
Willow Creek Community Church
418 S. Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605

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