What We Do

We challenge perceptions

The Br. David Darst Center provides an engaging, safe, and reflective environment in which people of all ages can be introduced to and explore issues of social justice.

Our goal is to invite a genuine conversation about the world around us, raising awareness, challenging perceptions, and encouraging behavioral change that reflects the Christian social teachings of peace, justice and appreciation of the dignity of every person and value of the earth.

Consider joining us for events we host at the Darst Center like our Speaker Series or Coffee Houses--they are always open to the community.  Check out our calendar for dates of upcoming events!

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Urban Immersion

The Urban Immersion Experience uniquely educates youth and young adults on the real life experience of the many populations experiencing or who have experienced oppression, and those forced to live on the margins of society.

During this retreat, participants are confronted with the personal stories of those working in urban ministries and those whose lives are negatively affected by systems. By experiencing, and sharing those experiences with others, participants gain a greater understanding of, and appreciation for, lived realities that are perhaps unlike their own.

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Self-Directed Retreats

The Darst Center is located in the Bridgeport neighborhood with a spacious meeting room, an equally large chapel, kitchen facilities and a dining room for up to 30 people. There are sleeping accommodations for 27 people in 11 bedrooms. There are three shared baths.

The guests will have use of kitchen facilities; Chinatown is four blocks away and there are other fine, reasonable restaurants in the area. The Center is within walking distance of the CTA Orange Line and is 4 miles from Chicago's center.

Please call or e-mail us for availability.

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Speaking Engagements / Workshops

The staff of the Darst Center is available to travel to your school or church to facilitate activities or workshops on a variety of topics. Previous orientations have been given for groups participating in summer service programs, workshops for confirmation classes, etc.

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The Darst Center relies heavily on the income generated by programs.  In spite of that, we work hard to maintain our low rates so that our programs are accessible to all interested groups.

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Please find all necessary paperwork associated with your reservation with the Darst Center.  If questions or concerns arise, feel free to contact us!

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As much as we like our groups to simply "arrive as they are," there is a sense of comfort in knowing at least a little bit!  Questions?  Find your answers here.

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