Rev. David Schwartz
The Chicago Children’s Choir was founded in 1952—62 years ago!—right here in the First U Sanctuary. At the time, forging an interracial choir of children was unheard of. Our sanctuary was a shelter from the storms of racism in the broader city; when the children started to perform offsite, at times they were subject to racist, hateful speech. But our sanctuary was more than a shelter from the outside world. Our sanctuary was a shelter for the outside world—to send the children of the city to teach Chicago a new song. What might our sanctuary birth today?