Gifts to Give, Skills to Share

Lay people play a prominent role in parishes across the diocese

Sometimes quietly, sometimes reluctantly but most often with great joy, lay leaders are coming to the fore in parishes across the Diocese of Chicago, sharing their gifts for ministry and building the church, not just in times of trouble or transition, but day-in, day-out. For some—including churches that can’t afford a priest and parishes whose clergy…


Praise in Two Tongues

Flourishing bilingually in Glen Ellyn

El Espíritu is at work at St. Mark’s Church, Glen Ellyn, and she speaks both English and Spanish. “The air has become bilingual,” says the Rev. George Smith, rector of St. Mark’s. “You’ll hear both Spanish and English here. We don’t have to be perfect. It just creates that welcome. So when a Spanish speaker comes…


“Like I am Human, Too”

Groceries and dignity at St. Clement’s

Nathan Davis was drawn to St. Clement’s Church by the buzz his wife, Annie, heard at the free medical clinic in Harvey where she worked as a doctor. “She was constantly hearing from her patients about the red door church,” Davis says, “so we went and checked it out.” What they found was a church with…


Creciendo Juntos

Dos congregaciones caminan más unidas

Las renovaciones comienzan por casa, dijo un líder de la iglesia acerca del último movimiento para reformar la Iglesia Episcopal de cara al siglo XXI. Si ese es el camino, entonces la Rev. Liz Muñoz y el Rev. Peter Siwek son los líderes que hay que seguir. Ambos son vicarios de dos congregaciones en Logan Square de Chicago,…