Meet Becca Stevens

The Rev. Becca Stevens is the founder of Magdalene, a community of women who have survived prostitution, trafficking and addiction. Thistle Farms, the project's social enterprise, employs nearly 50 residents and graduates.

On October 6, people from across the diocese will have an opportunity to meet Becca and some of her Thistle Farms colleagues at St. James Commons.  Learn more. 

What Evangelism Is and Isn't

Author Sara Miles, who has written deeply personal books on her conversion to Christianity and her ministry in poor communities in San Francisco, will be talking about listening when she gives the keynote speech at the diocese's convention on November 21 at the Westin Hotel in Lombard.

"I am really interested in talking about evangelism and what evangelism is and isn't," says the author of City of God, Take this Bread, and Jesus Freak. “The short version is that evangelism is about listening; it is not necessarily about telling." Read more. 

Nimble Enough to Respond: Church of the Advent, Logan Square

The Rev. Peter Siwek of Church of the Advent in Logan Square doesn’t romanticize doing ministry on a shoestring, but he is clear that it has some advantages. Siwek, who is the quarter-time vicar at the parish on the northwest side of Chicago, says that the congregation’s modest resources help people focus on the reasons they’re at church.

“The greatest spiritual gift is that all we have to offer is the Jesus story in community and the desire to help other people,” said Siwek. Read more.


Supporting Marriage Equality

The Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago wishes to express its strong support as the State of Illinois officially begins celebrating same sex marriages on June 1. As a Christian denomination that recognizes the importance of scripture, tradition and reason, we believe in a God who commanded us to “love one another as I have loved you.” As Christians, our understanding of homosexuality has evolved along with our understanding of marriage.

Read the Standing Committee's entire statement and all of Bishop Lee's past letters on marriage equality.

Places of Grace and Gladness

 

A new video tells the story of Places of Grace and Gladness, a campaign to support ministry across the Diocese of Chicago. Learn more about the campaign.