#FridayFive for July 1st, 2016

As we prepare for the long weekend, the staff of CSEC sends our best wishes to you and yours. 240 years ago, our nation began a great experiment in democracy. We included religion and religious tolerance as a key factor. Two and a half centuries later, we are the most religiously diverse and vibrant nation in the history of the world.

I never cease to marvel at the miracle of that. I hope you are inspired by it, too.

In case you might have missed them, here are five news items concerning religion in Chicago from the past couple of weeks:

1. Ex-newscaster Robin Robinson lands $150K gig at Chicago Police Department for strengthening faith relations - Full story here

Note: This fall we will host a public conversation at the Chicago Temple with new police Superintendent Eddie Johnson. Watch our website for details.

2. Former Bear Matt Forte talks about passion for football, religion - Full story here

3. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel hosts Iftar for area Muslims - Full story here

4. Muslims, Catholics break bread, build bridges - Full story here

Note: If you are interested in more stories about Muslims and Christians in dialogue, you might like to watch the public conversation we hosted between Dr. Larycia Hawkins and Ahmed Rehab recently at the Chicago Temple - Full story here

5. I wrote an op-ed last week for Crain's about a missed opportunity at their recent #FutureChicago event - Full story here and mirrored on our website here

Note: If you are interested in ways to bring Chicago's business and faith communities together, then please consider joining us for this year's Chicago Leadership Prayer Breakfast on December 2nd. Our Chair is Charles Tribbett, Managing Director of Russell Reynolds Associates, and our keynote speaker is Archbishop Blaise Cupich.

Look for another roundup next Friday - 

Thanks to our summer interns, Adam and Karissa, for helping me compile this list. You can find out more about them here.