Posts by Julian Deshazier

Building Sanctuary for ALL

An article I wrote for the United Church of Christ, reflecting on the Sanctuary Movement (University Church, where I pastor, is also a Sanctuary congregation), and how we need to expand that movement in deeper ways. http://www.ucc.org/building_sanctuary_for_all

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Being Hip-Hop, Being Job, and Being

An article I wrote for the University of Chicago’s Sightings publication…about, well, the title says it. Job is a book that resonates in a lot of who I am. “Being Hip-Hop, Being Job, and Being” https://divinity.uchicago.edu/sightings/being-hip-hop-being-job-and-being

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VICE News Trauma Center story

more coverage of the fight for a trauma center on the Southside of Chicago, and J.Kwest’s role as pastor of University Church in that effort. If you haven’t seen the Crain’s Chicago Business report yet, do that.

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Crain’s Chicago Business (report on Trauma Center)

As pastor, J was part of the effort to bring a Level One Trauma Center to the Southside of Chicago. University Church – where he pastors – was the first church to sign onto the effort, and he brokered a series of meetings between University officials and the community organizers. This story represents amazing progress…

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JET Magazine Interview

Interview from feature in Jet Magazine… http://www.jetmag.com/entertainment/giving-gospel-jkwest/#.Vux33tIrK70 Pastor, rapper, and activist Julian “J. Kwest” DeShazier is telling his story in an effort to change the bullying game. A former victim of bullying, the Chicago-bred and Jesus-fed leader of University Church recently released the video for his latest hit, “Don’t Push Me.” Inspired by countless stories…

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