Full house for fall!

Stone Soup Leland House is fully membershipped for fall of 2013.

Posted October 2, 2013 by jessica | Leave a comment

Looking for one Member, September 15th or later

Leland House is currently looking for a new member. An opening is available as soon as September 15th. Please apply as soon as possible, if interested.

Posted August 11, 2013 by morgan | Leave a comment

DIS(closure): Making the Fight for Schools

Fact: Since 2004, school closures that transfer students outside their immediate neighborhoods have resulted in spikes of violence, in and around elementary and high schoolsFact: In previous round of Chicago school closings, 65% of the teachers that were displaced were African American WomenFact: 80% of displaced students transferred to underperforming schoolsWhy is the district undertaking drastic changes with known bad outcomes and no good outcomes?

Join Stone Soup in a transformative dialogue on education and school closures in the City of Chicago.  Our guest will be Karen from Northside Action for Justice (founder of Uptown’s Uplift High School). Learn how the fight against school closures is connected to different struggles around Chicago and nationwide (racism, homophobia, labor, housing, mental health, sexism).
Location: Stone Soup Leland House,
1430 W. Leland
Time: 6:00pm Breaking Bread (Pot-luck)   
6:30pm Discussion
We will also discuss plans for “outreach with your neighbor day” and the 3 Day City Wide MARCH on May 18, 19, and 20. All are welcome. Please share with your networks.
Bring your good hearts, open mind, and creative spirits to the table! In faith, love, and action- Leland House
Additional Resources: Northside Action for Justice: http://www.actionforjustice.org/ The Color Of School ClosureS Infographic: http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/District_Dossier/2013/04/school_closings.html Teachers for Social Justice (TSJ)’s School Closings Fact Sheets http://www.teachersforjustice.org/2013/03/school-closings-fact-sheets.html Chicago Board of Education website: http://www.cpsboe.org/home
Posted May 8, 2013 by veronica | Leave a comment

Religion, Peace, and Conflict: A Discussion on Palestine and Israel

Location: 1430 W Leland Ave

Date: Thursday, April 25th

Time: 7:00 potluck dinner. 7:30- 9ish discussion and experience share.

Please join us to talk and think about Israel and Palestine.  We will first share a meal together starting at 7:00, please bring a dish if you are able. A vegetarian entree will be served at the house as well.

Then Dr. Yakir Englander will share his experiences and perspective living in Israel, as well as his peace building work with young people through Kids4Peace International.

Afterwards we will all get a chance to ask questions and share our own perspectives and experiences.  Also we will discuss the U.S. role in the conflict and how it affects faith communities here.

Dr. Yakir Englander is a visiting professor at Northwestern University and a Fulbright Scholar. He focused on Jewish Theology and Philosophy and Gender Studies. He grew up in an Ultra-Orthodox Hasidic home in Israel. He studied in Yeshivas for years and then served in the army for 3 years.  He is also currently the vice president of Kids4Peace International and served as the director of the program in Israel and Palestine for 6 years.

We look forward to having Yakir and you at our house this Thursday!

For more info on Kids4Peace, see http://www.k4pjerusalem.org

Leland House

Interfaith NGO for Israeli and Palestinian Youth

Posted April 24, 2013 by kulsum | Leave a comment

Movie screening: Harvest of Empire

Saturday, January 5, 2013 @ 3:30pm

We’re pulling out the projector and inviting friends to see:

The Untold Story of Latinos in America

we’ll try not to burn the popcorn!
bring something to share if you feel like it and/or a pillow to sit on.

More info about the film:

“We are all Americans of the New World, and our most dangerous enemies are not each other, but the great wall of ignorance between us.” -Juan González, Harvest of Empire

At a time of heated and divisive debate over immigration, Onyx Films is proud to present Harvest of Empire, a feature-length documentary that examines the direct connection between the long history of U.S. intervention in Latin America and the immigration crisis we face today.

Based on the groundbreaking book by award-winning journalist Juan González, Harvest of Empire takes an unflinching look at the role that U.S. economic and military interests played in triggering an unprecedented wave of migration that is transforming our nation’s cultural and economic landscape.

From the wars for territorial expansion that gave the U.S. control of Puerto Rico, Cuba and more than half of Mexico, to the covert operations that imposed oppressive military regimes in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Nicaragua and El Salvador, Harvest of Empire unveils a moving human story that is largely unknown to the great majority of citizens in the U.S. “They never teach us in school that the huge Latino presence here is a direct result of our own government’s actions in Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America over many decades — actions that forced millions from that region to leave their homeland and journey north,” says Juan González at the beginning of the film.

View the trailer

Posted January 3, 2013 by morgan | Leave a comment

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao: A Book Discussion

Junot Diaz has been a hot topic in the lives of a few Lelanders (and we know we’re not the only ones). Accordingly, a book discussion is certainly in order. You should join us!

Pick up a copy of his second masterpiece – which, by the way earned him a Pulitzer – and join us next month to share your thoughts.



When: Sunday, January 20th
around 3pm

Where: Stone Soup Leland House
1430 W Leland Ave
1 block north of Wilson, 1 block east of Clark

Bring the book, your thoughts, and food too if you want!

About the book: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Oscar is a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd who—from the New Jersey home he shares with his old world mother and rebellious sister—dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and, most of all, finding love. But Oscar may never get what he wants. Blame the fukú—a curse that has haunted Oscar’s family for generations, following them on their epic journey from Santo Domingo to the USA. Encapsulating Dominican-American history, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao opens our eyes to an astonishing vision of the contemporary American experience and explores the endless human capacity to persevere—and risk it all—in the name of love.





And some about JD:
Junot Díaz was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Drown; The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and This Is How You Lose Her, a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist. He is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, PEN/Malamud Award, Dayton Literary Peace Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship, and PEN/O. Henry Award. A graduate of Rutgers College, Díaz is currently the fiction editor at Boston Review and the Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Posted December 6, 2012 by erin | Leave a comment

December potluck

The incoming and outgoing membership coordinators recently attended the Facing Race conference in Baltimore. The organizers of the conference have also produced a film called Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity, which Leland house will be screening the night of the potluck.

Dinner starts at 6:30pm. The movie starts at 7:30, followed by a discussion afterwards. We are also still looking for members, so prospectives are encouraged to stop by.

Posted December 4, 2012 by morgan | Leave a comment

Potluck Thursday, November 15th @ 7pm

Come join us this thursday for our potluck. We would like to meet our neighbors, see old friends, and hopefully meet some prospective members. If you’re interested in stopping by, we hope to see you there.

Posted November 12, 2012 by morgan | Leave a comment

First Fall Feast!

Leland’s October potluck is THIS MONDAY! Join us for some fall treats and eats.







October 29th

1430 W. Leland Ave.
1 block east of Clark, 1 block south of Lawrence

A vegetarian dish will be served by the house, and we’ll look forward to the fall flavor you add to the mix.

Costumes welcome!

Posted October 26, 2012 by erin | Leave a comment

Dîner Septembre

Thursday, September 27th @ 7:30pm

Bring anything edible and anyone hungry. A vegetarian dish will be served.

Posted September 21, 2012 by erin | Leave a comment