WBEZ | Apostolic Church of God http://www.wbez.org/tags/apostolic-church-god Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Chicagoans send money to address Somalia famine http://www.wbez.org/story/chicagoans-send-money-address-somalia-famine-90775 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2011-August/2011-08-18/008.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Millions of people in the East African nation of Somalia are suffering from a famine caused by war, an ongoing insurgency and drought. The steady stream of images of starving, emaciated Somali children is now compelling some Chicagoans to act.</p><p>Pastor Byron Brazier, leader of a church in Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood, is one of them. He’s getting his congregation to collect money for famine relief.</p><p>“It is a part of our church mission to provide comfort and aid – and not just to the ones who live in our neighborhoods,” Brazier said. “As I also looked at what was also going on in Somalia, I felt the call to add the Apostolic Church of God to the list of those who are going to be active contributors.”</p><p>Brazier said the church this week raised $25,000 for UNICEF, an organization set up by the United Nations to promote children’s health and well-being.</p><p>And, there’s likely to be more mobilization underway in Chicago, too. Jesse Jackson Sr. said his Rainbow PUSH Coalition may send a delegation to Somalia that would include volunteer doctors.</p><p>The United Nations says the famine relief effort needs billions of dollars.</p><p>Alie Kabba, head of the Organization of African Unity in Chicago, said the city has a Somali population of about 15,000—a figure that’s grown in recent years because of political instability in the East African country.</p><p>“We must work with the African Union to find a better long-term, durable solution to the problem in Somalia,” Kabba said. “But until then let us support the effort here to contribute … while we’re here in the comfort of Chicago.”</p><p>Relief effort organizers will hold a rally Saturday at the Rainbow PUSH headquarters on Chicago’s South Side.</p></p> Fri, 19 Aug 2011 10:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicagoans-send-money-address-somalia-famine-90775 Hundreds mourn fallen Chicago firefighter http://www.wbez.org/story/apostolic-church-god/hundreds-mourn-fallen-chicago-firefighter <p><p>Hundreds of people have turned out to remember a Chicago man who served his city as a police officer before becoming a firefighter. Corey Ankum was one of two Chicago firefighters killed last week when a roof collapsed after a fire.</p><p>Uniformed firefighters poured into a church on Chicago's South Side to honor Ankum, who joined the department less than two years ago. He was killed Dec. 22 while responding to a fire at a vacant laundry building.</p><p>His funeral at Apostolic Church of God will be followed by burial at Lincoln Cemetery in Blue Island.</p><p>Ankum is survived by his wife and three children.</p><p>Firefighter Edward Stringer also died in the roof collapse. Stringer's funeral was Tuesday.</p><p>(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press.&nbsp; All Rights Reserved.)<br />&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 30 Dec 2010 18:26:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/apostolic-church-god/hundreds-mourn-fallen-chicago-firefighter Tribute to Bishop Brazier http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/tribute-bishop-brazier <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2010-October/2010-10-28/arthur brazier.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>When the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. took to the streets of Chicago, many marched alongside him. But few matched the fervor of Bishop Arthur M. Brazier. Brazier was a vital spiritual leader in the civil rights movement.</p><p>Last week, the Chicago native was freed from a long battle with cancer. Bishop Brazier was 89.</p><p>His body will lie in state today at the <a href="http://www.acog-chicago.org/">Apostolic Church of God</a>. That&rsquo;s where the bishop led a congregation of more than 20,000 members for nearly 50 years. Others knew him through his work with the <a href="http://www.twochicago.org/">Woodlawn Organization.</a></p><p>Brazier was actively involved in Chicago&rsquo;s fight for affordable housing. He opposed plans by the University of Chicago to displace residents for a proposed expansion. <a href="http://www.metropolitanapostolic.org/">Rev. Leon Finney Jr.</a>, president of The Woodlawn Organization, says Brazier was at the forefront of the faith-based approach.&nbsp; Bishop Brazier also worked against gangs and crime.</p><p>His resolve and determination may stem from his time in the Army. He was drafted during World War II and served as a staff sergeant in India and Burma.&nbsp; But it was Brazier&rsquo;s work on the home front that would make him an inspiration.</p><p>Hearing of his death, President Obama called Bishop Brazier &quot;one of our nation's leading moral lights.&quot;&nbsp; Tens of thousands are expected to attend tonight&rsquo;s service at the Apostolic Church of God in Woodlawn. <br /> <br />The church will also host a service tomorrow at 11 a.m.</p></p> Thu, 28 Oct 2010 15:18:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/tribute-bishop-brazier