Thrive Kicks Off

January 09, 2013

"Leadership is a word that holds a lot of hungers. We live in a time when the hungers of leadership are strong and deep. There is a gnawing awareness that our prevailing myths and many of our assumed practices of leadership match neither the central perils nor the finest aspirations spawned by the forces of dramatic change in our time."

These words of Sharon Daloz Parks from her book, Leadership Can Be Taught, will guide the January 11-12 kick-off retreat of Thrive: A Process in Congregational Vitality. At this retreat, lay and clergy leaders from 21 congregations around the diocese and from the Diocese of Quincy will begin a two-year journey of renewal and revitalization. Gathering at Techny Towers and Retreat Center, they will explore their identity as leaders using academic, experiential and spiritual methods and tools. Bishop Lee will keynote this retreat.

Participating congregations include: Calvary Episcopal Church in Lombard; Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, Waukegan; Sagrada Familia, Lake Villa; the Episcopal Church of St. James the Less, Northfield; St. John's Episcopal Church, Chicago; St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Chicago; St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church, Lockport; St. Augustine's Episcopal Church, Wilmette; St. Helena/Sta. Elena Episcopal Church, Burr Ridge; Sts. George & Matthias, Chicago; Church of the Apostles, Wauconda; Cristo Rey Mission Hispana, Chicago; Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Rockford; Grace Episcopal Church, Freeport; St. James Episcopal Church, West Dundee; Grace Episcopal Church, Sterling; St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Lasalle; St. Paul's Episcopal Church, DeKalb; St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Savanna; St. George Episcopal Church, Macomb (Quincy); St. John's Episcopal Church, Kewanee (Quincy).

Please pray with and for these leaders as they begin this adventure. Learn more about what they are doing by following us on Facebook and by reading Thrive updates in the email newsletter and on the Thrive page on the website. To learn more about Thrive, please contact Susan T. Czolgosz, associate for congregational vitality and transitions via email or at 312.751.4209.

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