Telling Our Stories
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 me, ‘Good luck getting the kids here!’ I looked around at the congregation, and they were there, sitting in the pews, but it’s just that nobody noticed them.
The spring Bishop’s Appeal exceeded its goal of $90,000, Shay Craig, associate for resource development, announced on Wednesday.
The campaign, which began after Easter, and concluded on Pentecost Sunday, June 4, raised $94,425, said Craig. The yearly goal for the appeal is $180,000, and a campaign to reach the total will begin in Advent.
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 grant is one of three leadership grants given through the church’s 2017 Young Adult and Campus Ministry grant process.
Next week, Anglican leaders from across the globe will travel to the Nicholas Center at St. James Commons in Chicago for a meeting of the board of governors of the Anglican Centre in Rome and its American friends group.
On Friday at 5:30 pm, St. James Cathedral will host a choral Evensong for the visitors. The Rt. Rev. Jeffrey D. Lee, bishop of Chicago, will officiate at the service, which is open to the public, and a reception in the Kyle’s Place gallery at St. James Commons will follow.
On Wednesdays in Lent, diocesan leaders will guide an online book discussion of "Living into God's Dream: Dismantling Racism in America," a collection of essays edited by Dr. Catherine Meeks. Each week our guest facilitators will post a reflection on a chapter (or chapters) that can be found on the diocesan website and in the enews. On Wednesdays from 7 - 8 pm they will also host a Facebook conversation about the chapter and their reflection. All are invited to participate.