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St. Helena/Santa Elena Burr Ridge Awarded Evangelism Grant

St. Helena/Santa Elena Burr Ridge Awarded Evangelism Grant

Before the Rev. Ethan Jewett became rector of St. Helena’s Episcopal Church/Iglesia Episcopal Santa Elena in Burr Ridge last year, he shared with its members some observations he’d made over three months of serving the congregation as a supply priest at both its English and Spanish services. “These are some of the opportunities I see before us,”…

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Hot Lunch, Help for Immigrants at Trinity, Aurora

Hot Lunch, Help for Immigrants at Trinity, Aurora

Trinity Episcopal Church, Aurora, is a small congregation with a big ministry. Most Sunday mornings about 25 to 30 people gather to worship in the stone church. But during the week, more than a hundred find comfort and support in the ministries offered there. In recognition for Trinity’s work, the Episcopal Church’s Jubilee Ministries recently…

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Youth Ministry Flourishes with Shared Leadership in Winnetka

Youth Ministry Flourishes with Shared Leadership in Winnetka

When Leah Romanelli arrived at Christ Church, Winnetka, in 2014, it seemed that, other than the youth choir, young people existed on the periphery of church life. “Before I got there, nobody was really paying attention to the kids,” says Romanelli, who was hired as the church’s first formal youth minister. “People kept saying to…

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Brent House Awarded Leadership Grant by Episcopal Church

Brent House Awarded Leadership Grant by Episcopal Church

Brent House, the Episcopal campus ministry at the University of Chicago, has been awarded a grant of $29,300 by the Episcopal Church. The funds will support an initiative at Brent House and several other campus ministries to introduce college students to the spirituality and prayer practices of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits. The…

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All Saints Western Springs Welcomes Refugees As Children of God

All Saints Western Springs Welcomes Refugees As Children of God

Resettling refugees may be a contentious issue on the campaign trail, but to Nancy Schneider of All Saints Episcopal Church in Western Springs, it is simply an opportunity to welcome a stranger as a child of God. Earlier this year, Schneider, a lifelong member of the congregation who also serves as its sexton, joined fellow parishioners and…

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Green Initiatives Pay Off in Surprising Ways

Green Initiatives Pay Off in Surprising Ways

In Washington earlier today, Pope Francis addressed thousands gathered at the White House for the first official event of his four-day visit to the United States. Environmental sustainability, a central topic of his recent groundbreaking papal encyclical called “Laudato si‘” or “Care for Our Common Home,” figured prominently in his remarks. “When it comes to…

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