Loving Your Neighbor Through Politics


Join the Center for Public Justice for an evening with fellow Chicagoans as we seek to understand how we can love our neighbors through political engagement. Christians are familiar with the language of loving our neighbors, however we often only consider doing so through the lens of "hands and feet" ministry. What if we viewed political engagement as one important way to love and serve the vulnerable?


Thursday, June 8
6:00-8:00 pm Suite 1200 (Chicago Semester)


Please join us for a panel discussion and a time of collaboration as we begin to consider how to pursue justice for our Chicago neighbors. Please invite a friend who may be interesting in joining the conversation!

Dinner is provided.

Public Transportation

The building is located near the Monroe stop on the Red Line and Blue Line, and the Adams/Wabash stops of all the other CTA Lines. 


Public transportation is recommended. If driving, the Millennium Park garage is several blocks away.


About the Panelists 

Claire McWilliams is an elder, worship planner, and refugee advocate at Loop Church in Chicago. She is a second generation CPJ supporter with a passion for wrestling with what it means to live faithfully, walk gently, and actively pursue the coming kingdom. Her passion for refugee advocacy started a couple of years ago as a practical idea for how to live justly and continues to grow through reading a lot of books, through relationships with resettled refugees, and through consequential advocacy. By day, Claire is a financial auditor within the federal workforce. She is also a graduate of Dordt College, a CPA, a member of Chicago Chorale, and an avid traveler.  

Stephanie Summers is the CEO of the Center for Public Justice, an independent, non-partisan civic education and public policy organization based in Washington, D.C. CPJ works to equip citizens, develop leaders and shape policy through a variety of initiatives. She is a co-author with Michael J. Gerson and Katie Thompson of Unleashing Opportunity: Why Escaping Poverty Requires a Shared Vision of Justice. Prior to her appointment at the Center for Public Justice, she spent 12 years with the CCO, where her roles included Vice President for the Eastern Region and Vice President for Organizational Development. Stephanie began her career in nonprofit administration as executive director of The Open Door, a church-based youth center in Pittsburgh, PA. She and her husband, Jason E. Summers, are residents of the District of Columbia. 

Katie Thompson is the Program Director and Editor of Shared Justice, the Center for Public Justice's online publication and community for twenty and thirty somethings. In 2015 Thompson co-authored Unleashing Opportunity: Why Escaping Poverty Requires a Shared Vision of Justice with Michael Gerson and Stephanie Summers. She also serves on behalf of CPJ as a steering committee member of Faith for Just Lending, a coalition dedicated to ending predatory payday lending. Thompson graduated from Gordon College with a degree in communication arts and a minor in political science. A native of New Jersey, she now resides in Washington, DC.

Ted Williams III is an educator who has taught Political Science at Chicago State University and currently serves at the Chair of the Social Science Department at Kennedy-King College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago. He holds degrees in Public Policy Studies from the University of Chicago and Rutgers University. He is a former host of PBS-WYCC television’s The Professors weekly talk show and has provided political commentary for both national and local news outlets in addition to a host of periodicals. He is the author of The Way Out: Christianity, Politics, and the Future of the African American Community. He is also a co-founder of The Way Christian Ministries, and was a recent candidate for the Chicago City Council. Williams considers his most important work his role as a mentor to young people and as a husband and father to Roslyn and their three beautiful children, Gabrielle, Amaris, and Ted IV.


About the Center for Public Justice

The Center for Public Justice is an independent, non-partisan, Christian organization devoted to civic education and policy development. We work to inspire and equip citizens and public officials to respond to God's call to pursue justice for all.


Please contact Katie Thompson with any questions or dietary restrictions  at katie.thompson@cpjustice.org or by phone at 908-472-8820.