News & Upcoming Events

HOLLYWOOD FILM director, heidi ewing

Wednesday, October 27th at 7:00 PM

Meet a rising cinematic superstar! The GCC Speaker’s Forum and FIAT present legendary film writer, producer and director, Heidi Ewing, who will present a personal view for GCC members and friends into her unique career. From acclaimed documentaries “The Dissident” and “Detropia,” to the recently-released feature film “I Carry You With Me,” Heidi will share her passion for social justice and equity. Live Zoom presentation directly from New York City. Please register for the Zoom here!


concert for peace: peace like a river

Sunday, November 14th at 3:00 PM

The Simple Gift concert series continues with our 9th annual concert exploring the theme of peace. Vocalist Jade Maze, vocalist Elliot Dvorin with Doreen Kane, singer/songwriter Linda Marie Smith, members of Group Yakamoz, the Joyful Ringers Bell Choir, organist Gary Wendt, vocalist Tricia Melzer Swaydrak, violinists Katherine Hughes and Carol Kalvonjian, violist Ray Ostwald, cellist Matthew Agnew, saxophonist Kevin Kizer, pianist Kent Wehman, bassist Ken Haebich and drummer Neal Wehman perform songs about peace in a variety of styles, from traditional to contemporary. The concert will take place in the sanctuary, followed by a post-concert reception featuring an accompanying art show, curated by Robin Woodsome. Included will be a demonstration of the Turkish paper marbling art, Ebru, by Meryem Askin. Masks, please. The free-will offering benefits Hands of Peace. Don’t miss this exceptional concert!


AFRICAN-AMERICAN REPARATIONS AND COMMUNITY HEALING

Wednesday, November 16th at 7:00 PM

The GCC Speakers’ Forum and Faith in Action Team invite you to attend a presentation by Kemone Hendricks, founder and director of Evanston Present and Future, community organizer, and social activist, who will share the case for reparations and the steps that are needed to promote community healing and equity. She will also highlight the Reparations Ambassador program, which is designed to educate and engage white and non-black allies in the reparations movement. This program will be in-person in the Commons, and simultaneously available via Zoom at home. If you cannot attend in person, you can register for the Zoom program here.


FOOD ON THE FIRST

1st Sunday of each month

On the first Sunday of each month, we collect food items to be donated to The Northfield Township Food Pantry and San Lucas Iglesias in Humboldt Park in Chicago so please remember to bring a donation! We also need volunteers to deliver the food. A Sign Up Genius will be available before each delivery, as will a list of needed items for donation. You can also reach out to Linda Crowder or 847-922-6827 with any questions. Thank you!