Do Not Fear

We live in a broken and hurting world. Despite all our promise and potential, we experience pain and bear witness to the poverty of our spirits. This past Monday (1/21) was no exception as we heard the news of the fatal shooting in Orland Square Mall. Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will hold on to you with My righteous right hand. - Isaiah 41:10 When we hear news of violence in our backyard, it's natural to be afraid. It's understandable that we worry about stepping outside of our homes and back into public spaces. It's also understandable that some of us are angry, upset and/or simply confused about the

Pray for Our City

It's amazing what makes the news. Dancing cats, singing birds, floating pieces of ice circling the waters. Something that caught my attention were two reports about gun violence in Chicago. 1 - Back in March 2017, Chicago went almost a full week without a fatal shooting. This was the first such week in 5 years. 2 - This past Monday, January 14, Chicago went a full day without reports of people shooting other people. This was the first such day in 2019. When it comes to our community, there is much to pray for. As we start the new year, let's keep our local neighborhoods and larger city in prayer. Let's pray for healing from the violence that has made Chicago synonymous with a domestic

New Year's Blessing

As we enter 2019, here's a prayer offered by Sister Joyce Rupp. I hope for you in this new year: That the single, most significant dimension of life is your relationship with the Source of Goodness who never ceases to sing love songs to your soul, That you find meaning, purpose, and vitality in what you do daily, That you treasure your loved ones and let them know how dear they are to you, That you make choices and decisions that reflect your truest self, That you look in the mirror at least once a day and smile in happy amazement, That you remember relationships are what count above all else – more than work or money, or all the material things we spend so much time tending, That you l

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Oct. 2020 Newsletter

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