Thrive! is published twice each year by the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago.
- Joyful Noisemakers
Adults with early stage dementia sing new songs in the Good Memories Choir.
- A Pathway Opens
A new program offers congregations a way to explore the legacy of slavery.
- Parish and School Together
Grace, Hinsdale, takes a comprehensive approach to formation and education.
- Crisis Averted
St. Barnabas, Glen Ellyn, stayed focused on its mission, even under a failing roof.
- Looking Toward an Election
The diocese takes the first steps toward electing a new bishop.
- On Identity and Innovation
The church should not sacrifice its tradition to broaden its appeal.
- A Faithful Perspective
A reporter's eye deepens Ray Suarez's analysis of his church.
- Learning to Juggle
A changing church seeks new flexibility from its clergy.
- Lessons in Empowerment
College for Congregational Development equips laity to lead.
- A Change at the Top
Matthew Berryman is the new executive director of ECCS.
- Not a One-Time Thing
College for Congregational Development training is a continuous process.
- Turn-around Specialists
A potent force against recidivism, ministries help residents start anew
- Living in a Climate of Fear
Latino congregations struggle to cope as racism and raids heighten anxiety
- Cutting Edge Treatment
Above and Beyond fights addiction with practical, transformative tactics
- The Words We Pray
The 1979 Prayer Book permeates diocesan life. Does it need a revision?
- Off to General Convention
The diocesan deputation is ready to go
- Bringing Forth Books
Diocesan authors explore worship, offer meditations for Advent, Lent
- A Leader in Generosity
Service honors the late Miriam Hoover
- On Being a Governance Nerd
General Convention is a calling, too
- Hard Questions, Free Food
The diocese's campus ministers create a safe place for spiritual exploration
- Change Comes to Campus
Chad Senuta assesses the situation
- The Work Leaders Do
Three diocesan leaders demonstrate the art of collaborative leadership
The diocese's Annual Hispanic Liturgy is a festival of faith, food and music
- Lunch the Bishop's Way
A Glencoe parish invites neighbors to share a meal and talk church
- Making Connections
Stephanie Spellers has some tips
- Money and Ministry
Peter Willmott is thinking big
- Spiritual Warfare
A new program at Brent House puts St. Ignatius on students' side
- Galvanized by Gun Violence
Conference explores roots, responses to the devastation of gun violence
- An African Ecumenist
Burundian archbishop visits Chicago to speak of new assignment in Rome
- Gifts to Give, Skills to Share
Lay people play a prominent role in parishes across the diocese
- "She will lead with grace"
Bishop Lee gives consecration sermon for Bishop Baskerville-Burrows
- A College for Congregations
By "training the trainers," new program brings fresh expertise to parishes
- Making a Commitment
Luis Garcia Juarez advocates an "old-world" approach to missions
- "The Episcopal Church is in the transformation business"
Bishop Lee on making an impact in practical ways
- Teaching Assistance
In poor schools across the diocese, parish volunteers make a difference
- A Chance at Health
A wellness ministry inspires new life at a Momence church
- Steadfast in Faith
At All Saints, Moline, the table stays open to all
- Bishop Yvette Flunder
A chat with the convention keynoter
- Not Just the Bishop
Bishop's Appeal keeps diocese healthy
- Giving Every Kid a Shot
Changing the trajectory of students' lives
- "Leaders Set the Tone"
Bishop Lee on the art of leadership
- A Parish at Last
St. Benedict's making a big move
- New Life in a New Place
Mt. Prospect parishioners find a home
- Praise in Two Tongues
Flourishing bilingually in Glen Ellyn
- Finding Each Other
How St. Bride's found Barbara Seward
- Breakfast With the Bishop
Join Bishop Lee for a morning meal
- Collaborative Leaders
Diverse teams are essential in church and out
- Taking Liturgy for a Walk
Church rituals move new audiences
- Black and White
Parishes explore racism together
- "Like I am Human, Too"
Groceries and dignity at St. Clement's
- The Church's Contribution
Why Christians must talk about race
- CROSSwalk on the job
14 interns went to work this summer
- Lessons in Healing
Thistle Farm alumnae have overcome
- A Lifelong Journey
Bishop Epting learning about race
- Hooks, lines and sinkers
Catching catfish is a ministry at St. Chad's
- Little children lead them
Shaping worship with young families in mind
- Refugees no more
St. Paul's by-the-Lake befriends Burmese neighbors
- Cathedral calls new leader
Dean has background in arts, Middle East
- It's summer job season
Anne Driscoll steps up for CROSSwalk, again
- The capacity to give
John Hillman's generous ways
- United in mourning
Bishop Epting on the new Coptic martyrs
- Priest with presence
Richard Tolliver breathes hope into Washington Park
- Unity and diversity
Two congregations seek a shared future
- Grace, gladness, good times
Parish events support capital campaign
- Listen first. Then what?
Questions for convention speaker Sara Miles
- A workplace revolution
Randy Lewis builds the Disability Hiring Alliance
- In full swing
The Nicholas Center is already hopping
- "Anyone can make a plan"
A young priest and his family make a planned gift
- Serious about Scripture
Bishop Epting: The Bible in a year
- A gathering of interns
Appeal supports CROSSwalk to Work
Fall 2014 - en Español
- Music makers
Singing congregations are growing congregations.
- Resilient and resourceful
Ministries in new deanery respond to local needs
- South Sudan
Diocese offers prayers for friends in war's way
- A focus on wellness
Living Compass retreats set
- Grace in the Loop
Parish fosters opportunity through campaign gift
- Better together
Bishop Buchanan celebrates reunion
Spring 2014 - en Español
- A Consultation in Kenya
Exploring sexuality and scripture with African Anglicans
- Race in the News and Pews
Strong feelings, mutual respect mark dialogue at Hyde Park church
- Singing in the Rain
A celebration at St. James Commons
- Latin for Life Changing
Bishop Lee on the catechumenate
- An Apostle of Reconciliation
Bishop Buchanan comes to Chicago
- A Leadership Incubator
Introducing the Nicholas Center
- A New Focus for CROSSwalk
Sarah Jordan gets to work
- The Gifts of the Laity
Bishop Epting lauds Total Ministry
- If at First You do Succeed…
Capital campaign enters new phase
- “Thrive” is thriving
Vitality initiatives brings energy, expertise to 20 congregations.
- Living Compass
Innovative wellness program blends spirituality, psychology.
- En Español
Spirit is moving in Spanish-speaking congregations across the diocese.
- Life of the Spirit, Life of the Mind
The Episcopal Church's generous theology appeals to four gifted young people.
- A Place of Grace & Gladness
Congregations large and small support the capital campaign for St. James Commons.
The campaign for St. James Commons enters a new phase.
- Bishop Epting
An eye on ecumenism in the emergent church
- The Harvest is Plentiful
A farmer and aspiring priest feeds people
- Making Church Matter
Diocese unveils vitality initiative
- Learning What to Say
Lay chaplains study delicate art
- A Joyful Gathering
Hispanic congregations celebrate
- Interfaith Initiatives
Partnerships promote common good
- Diocese of Quincy
Building relationships, considering reunion
- A Place of Grace and Gladness
Capital Campaign for St. James Commons
- An Ecumenical Pilgrimage
Bishop Epting looks back on long career
- To Leave a Legacy, Begin Today
Announcing the Society of Miriam