Michael loved seeing AFSC’s work well represented in the media, and he was a master at telling our story in a way that interested reporters. After his death, several Chicago-area and national media reflected on his life.
Family and friends celebrated the life of Michael McConnell on Friday, April 12, 2013 at Wellington Avenue Church of Christ in Chicago. Michael served as peace minister at the church for 41 years and as regional director for AFSC for 23 years. A reception was held following the services. Photos by Mama Nozipo Glenn and Jon Krieg.
Family and friends celebrated the life of Michael McConnell on Friday, April 12, 2013, at Wellington Avenue Church of Christ in Chicago.
Michael served as peace minister at the church for 41 years and as regional director for AFSC for 23 years. A reception was held following the services.
Photos: Mama Nozipo Glenn and Jon Krieg
In the week following Michael McConnell's death, hundreds of his friends, loved ones, and longtime partners in social justice gathered together to remember him at a wake and memorial service in Chicago.
Michael McConnell served as regional director for AFSC's Great Lakes Region starting in January 1990, and in June 2012 he took on the same role for the new Midwest region. He passed away on April 7, 2013.
Hector Salamanca, an AFSC Iowa Dreamer and intern, reads a poem written by Michael McConnell to celebrate the creation of AFSC's Midwest Region in 2012. Michael was an AFSC regional director for 23 years until his passing April 7, 2013. AFSC has established the Michael McConnell Youth Internship Fund to help carry on Michael's passion for peace and justice.
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