Greatest Hits of Faith and Prayer from ’09

As we move forward into a new decade, we are thankful for God’s provision in 2009 and the hope that He gives us for 2010. In addition to the usual resolutions (South Beach Diet, anyone?), it’s time to refocus and recommit ourselves to lives of prayer and devotion — and UrbanFaith is here to help! Check out these top UF articles on prayer, faith, and spiritual renewal from ’09, and join us in getting prayed up for the New Year!

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Chicago's Youth Violence Crisis

Murder Scene chalk 155x125On Monday, Chicago Public Radio’s signature news and talk program, Eight Forty-Eight, featured a sobering “barbershop” discussion about the culture of gangs and violence that continues to ravage Chicago’s inner-city communities. Since last September, more than 70 Chicago Public School students have been shot; 36 CPS students were killed during the 2008-09 school year; and the brutal Sept. 24 beating death of 16-year-old Derrion Albert made global headlines when cell-phone video of the deadly riot went viral. Chicago Public Radio’s Richard Steele led this revealing discussion with a panel of both young and older African American men. For anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the reasons behind the epidemic of violence in our urban communities, and how we can begin to reverse the trend, this 16-minute radio segment is worth your time.