Jack Strating, a Chicago native who now lives in Gainesville, Fla., has been to Cornerstone Festival over 20 times, by his estimate.One of the key aspects that kept him coming back, he explained, was the diverse gathering of people."There were all kinds of people.
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A summer festival that has helped launched the careers of many Christian artists, including Sixpence None the Richer, Jars of Clay, Newsboys and One Bad Pig, is calling it quits after 29 years due to the poor economy and financial difficulties. Cornerstone Festival, hosted by Jesus People, USA (JPUSA), has taken place in Illinois every year since 1984.
One of the first festivals featured Amy Grant early in her career.
JPUSA, an intentional Christian community in Chicago, supports itself through a roofing supply company.
With the economic downturn, construction in Chicago has decreased, so the company has not been profitable enough to cover the costs of the festival.
There were metalheads and the punks and the straight evangelical Christians and all kinds of shades in between," Strating said.
Strating, who will be unable to attend this last gathering, added that he appreciated the diverse selection of Christian music available.
Operated by the Blue Island Historical Society in the lower level of the Blue Island Public Library, illustrates the history of the Blue Island area from before the time of the city's founding in 1836.
The society also operates the historic Albee House museum. The 1894 mansion in the French Chateaux style, designed by Henry Edwards-Ficken, features twenty-five rooms, six bedrooms, seven bathrooms and eleven fireplaces.
He also liked the "substantial teaching" that has been available at the seminars. Hussman on "Can You Have a Brain and Be a Christian," the Rev.
Previous speakers have included Os Guinness, John M. Chris Benek on "The Disenfranchised Church," and JPUSA member and Resurrection Band lead vocalist Wendi Kaiser on "Sex, Dating, and Love: Connecting the Dots."One of the characteristics of the seminars that Strating appreciated most was that the speakers were very accessible during the event. Perkins, a civil rights activist and leading figure in the racial reconciliation movement, at Cornerstone Festival and considers him a friend today.
We would love to continue doing it, but we're just not seeing the ticket sales we need to pay for it each year," Genesis Winter, a member of JPUSA and one of the festival organizers, told The Christian Post in a Monday interview.