Telling Our Stories
Dear sisters and brothers in Christ:
In April, the Diocese of Chicago hosted a Bishops United Against Gun Violence conference about the unholy trinity of racism, poverty and violence. This weekend in Charlottesville, as white supremacists rioted and terrorized people of goodwill, we saw yet again the wages of these sins and the destruction that they wreak in families, communities, and in our country.
On September 30 from 9 am-noon at St. James Commons (65 E. Huron), the Rev. Julian DeShazier, senior pastor of University Church, Chicago, will lead an open discussion on racism, poverty, and gun violence. The event is free and open to all, and a light breakfast will be served. Please register here.
Bishop Jeffrey Lee often says that “what we pay attention to grows.” Recently he spent a day paying attention to the growth and development of his staff, which he reorganized in 2011 and cut due to budget reductions in 2016.
On July 12, the entire staff—including sextons, receptionists, executive leaders, and office staff—spent a day reflecting on their work with Bishop Melissa Skelton of the Diocese of New Westminster in the Anglican Church of Canada, who developed the College for Congregational Development.
Bishop Lee has called the Rev. Victor H. Conrado as associate for ministries following a national search led by the Rev. Andrea Mysen that began in March. Conrado replaces Mysen, who was promoted to be director of ministries in February.
Conrado is currently associate rector at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Glen Ellyn, where he has served since 2011 when he joined that parish as assistant rector for Spanish-language ministries.
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.