Living in a Climate of Fear

Latino congregations struggle to cope as racism and raids heighten anxiety.

Life changed for the members of Spanish-speaking communities in the Diocese of Chicago after the election of Donald Trump. “As a Latino/Hispanic clergy and person of color in the United States after the election, I have been reminded again and again that some people think I don’t belong here,” says the Rev. Victor Conrado, associate…


Hard Questions, Free Food

The diocese’s campus ministers create a safe place for spiritual exploration

If media accounts are to be believed, pundits, psychologists and professors all agree that millennials—people born since 1980—are fragile, lazy and entitled. Ask many Episcopal leaders about young adults and you’ll hear that getting them to come to church is both nearly impossible and essential to the denomination’s survival. But campus ministers in the Diocese…


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,…