Thrive! is published twice each year by the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago.

Fall 2019

Passing the Baton
An era ends at All Saints, where the laity is well prepared to lead

Creative Calling Cards
Around the diocese, congregations are pursuing mission through the arts

The Attractions of Tradition
At convention, keynoter says the church has gifts people are seeking

A New Friend from Mexico
Bishop Julio Martin is eager to carry companion relationship forward

Spring 2019


Joyful Noisemakers
Adults with early stage dementia sing new songs in the Good Memories Choir.

A Pathway Opens
A new program offers congregations a way to explore the legacy of slavery.

Parish and School Together
Grace, Hinsdale, takes a comprehensive approach to formation and education.

Crisis Averted
St. Barnabas, Glen Ellyn, stayed focused on its mission, even under a failing roof.

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Fall 2018


A Faithful Perspective
A reporter’s eye deepens Ray Suarez’s analysis of his church.

Learning to Juggle
A changing church seeks new flexibility from its clergy.

Lessons in Empowerment
College for Congregational Development equips laity to lead.

A Change at the Top
Matthew Berryman is the new executive director of ECCS.

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Spring 2018


Turn-around Specialists
A potent force against recidivism, ministries help residents start anew

Living in a Climate of Fear
Latino congregations struggle to cope as racism and raids heighten anxiety

Cutting Edge Treatment
Above and Beyond fights addiction with practical, transformative tactics

The Words We Pray
The 1979 Prayer Book permeates diocesan life. Does it need a revision?

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Fall 2017


Hard Questions, Free Food
The diocese’s campus ministers create a safe place for spiritual exploration

Change Comes to Campus
Chad Senuta assesses the situation

The Work Leaders Do
Three diocesan leaders demonstrate the art of collaborative leadership

The diocese’s Annual Hispanic Liturgy is a festival of faith, food and music

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Spring 2017


Galvanized by Gun Violence
Conference explores roots, responses to the devastation of gun violence

An African Ecumenist
Burundian archbishop visits Chicago to speak of new assignment in Rome

Gifts to Give, Skills to Share
Lay people play a prominent role in parishes across the diocese

“She will lead with grace”
Bishop Lee gives consecration sermon for Bishop Baskerville-Burrows

Fall 2016

“The Episcopal Church is in the transformation business”
Making an impact in practical ways

Teaching Assistance
In poor schools across the diocese, parish volunteers make a difference

A Chance at Health
A wellness ministry inspires new life at a Momence church

Steadfast in Faith
At All Saints, Moline, the table stays open to all

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Spring 2016


“Leaders Set the Tone”
Bishop Lee on the art of leadership

A Parish at Last
St. Benedict’s making a big move

New Life in a New Place
Mt. Prospect parishioners find a home

Praise in Two Tongues
Flourishing bilingually in Glen Ellyn

Finding Each Other
How St. Bride’s found Barbara Seward

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Fall 2015


Taking Liturgy for a Walk
Church rituals move new audiences

Black and White
Parishes explore racism together

“Like I am Human, Too”
Groceries and dignity at St. Clement’s

The Church’s Contribution
Why Christians must talk about race

CROSSwalk on the job
14 interns went to work this summer

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Spring 2015


Hooks, lines and sinkers
Catching catfish is a ministry at St. Chad’s

Little children lead them
Shaping worship with young families in mind

Refugees no more
St. Paul’s by-the-Lake befriends Burmese neighbors

Cathedral calls new leader
Dean has background in arts, Middle East

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Fall 2014


Priest with presence
Richard Tolliver breathes hope into Washington Park

Unity and diversity
Two congregations seek a shared future

Grace, gladness, good times
Parish events support capital campaign

Listen first. Then what?
Questions for convention speaker Sara Miles

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Fall 2014 – en español


Creciendo Juntos
Dos congregaciones caminan más unidas

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Spring 2014


Music makers
Singing congregations are growing congregations.

Resilient and resourceful
Ministries in new deanery respond to local needs

South Sudan
Diocese offers prayers for friends in war’s way

A focus on wellness
Living Compass retreats set

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Fall 2013


A Consultation in Kenya
Exploring sexuality and scripture with African Anglicans

Race in the News and Pews
Strong feelings, mutual respect mark dialogue at Hyde Park church

Singing in the Rain
A celebration at St. James Commons

Latin for Life Changing
Bishop Lee on the catechumenate

An Apostle of Reconciliation
Bishop Buchanan comes to Chicago

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Spring 2013


“Thrive” is thriving
Vitality initiatives brings energy, expertise to 20 congregations.

Living Compass
Innovative wellness program blends spirituality, psychology.

En Español
Spirit is moving in Spanish-speaking congregations across the diocese.

Life of the Spirit, Life of the Mind
The Episcopal Church’s generous theology appeals to four gifted young people.

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Fall 2012


The Harvest is Plentiful
A farmer and aspiring priest feeds people

Making Church Matter
Diocese unveils vitality initiative

Learning What to Say
Lay chaplains study delicate art

A Joyful Gathering
Hispanic congregations celebrate

Diocese of Quincy
Building relationships, considering reunion

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