“Reconciliation Mural”, Uptown Baptist Church, 1995

28107333663_933d894df8_zThe “racial reconciliation” mural first came together in 1995, said Brian Bakke, Uptown’s director of community ministries. That’s when he and artist Gregory King met with a half-dozen high school students twice a week for three months to brainstorm the design. Beginning from the left, the mural depicts God’s creation of the earth, with plants and animals flowing from a starburst in the upper left corner.

– Baptist Press

Mural Communicates Reconciliation to Chicago Neighborhood

“Brian Bakke, the Director of Community Ministries at Uptown Baptist Church, thought it was. In 1995, he had dreams of covering some of the concrete and graffiti with a colorful mural that would communicate God’s love for the neighborhood’s ethnically diverse and chronically poor people…..”

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CBE International


“CHICAGO (BP)–The corner of Sheridan Road and Sunnyside Avenue used to be one of the most dangerous intersections in Uptown Baptist Church’s neighborhood. Drug houses flourished. Eighteen rival street gangs roamed within a few blocks of each other. Shootings claimed the lives of innocent children…..”

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Baptist Press: http://www.bpnews.net/11525/restoration-keeps-murals-message-visible-in-innercity-neighborhood

Uptown Baptist Church: http://www.uptownbaptistchurch.org/

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Photos: Jeffrey Littleton  2016

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