The Common Good

Rev. Julian “J.Kwest” DeShazier

Julian DeShazier serves as the Senior Minister of University Church in Chicago. A native of the city, he graduated from Morehouse College and the University of Chicago Divinity School. Prior to his current position, Julian served as Teen Pastor at Covenant United Church of Christ, and has also worked with the Coca-Cola Leadership Program and Fund for Theological Education. He is also an award-winning musician and songwriter, known to many as “J.Kwest.”

Blog Posts by Rev. Julian “J.Kwest” DeShazier

Posted by Rev. Julian “J.Kwest” DeShazier 1 year 9 weeks ago
Florida’s “stand your ground” law — a source of collective ire at present — is an iteration of the Good Samaritan Laws that exist in this country: laws that offer protection from lawsuits for those...
Posted by Rev. Julian “J.Kwest” DeShazier 1 year 21 weeks ago
Something happened last week and I still can’t shake the funk of it off me. It happened in Boston and Texas; I saw it in Chicago as well, and the week before in Afghanistan. Last Sunday I tried to be...
Posted by Rev. Julian “J.Kwest” DeShazier 1 year 25 weeks ago
The conversation yelling match around gun control is exhausting — both in terms of the ethical boundaries each side will breach to advance its cause, and the way our rhetoric has...
Posted by Rev. Julian “J.Kwest” DeShazier 1 year 36 weeks ago
As the Christmas season draws to a close, I am reminded of the star that directed the three wise men away from their homeland and into the foreign but welcome presence of baby Jesus. Perhaps this...
Posted by Rev. Julian “J.Kwest” DeShazier 1 year 39 weeks ago
*If you have not read the Book of Job, this pastor recommends it as a must-read during this time of national crisis. There is much to digest; it requires no theological confession (only a sincere...