Archive for April, 2014

Overtures to General Assembly 2014

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

by Rev. Dr. Barbara A. Bundick, Stated Clerk At the November, February and April assembly meetings, the Presbytery of Chicago considered and voted on proposed overtures to the General Assembly. What is an overture? For that matter, what is the General Assembly? General Assembly: Every two years (including this June in Detroit), Presbyterians from all […]


Meet the new editor of Our Common Ministry

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Let me introduce myself as you’ll probably be hearing from me soon asking (hopefully not begging!) for news and articles to include in Our Common Ministry newsletter. My name is Natalie Beglen and I’m excited to serve as your new Managing Editor. I hope to continue the mission of this newsletter to help connect the […]


Working Together as Brothers and Sisters: Moderator’s Message April 2014

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

By Rev. John Vest, 2014 Moderator of the Chicago Presbytery Assembly I remember well my first General Assembly. I was shell-shocked by the bitterly divisive debates in the committee meetings I attended. Sure, I was most interested in the more contentious issues so it shouldn’t have come as a total surprise, but I was amazed […]


Outdoor Ministry Decisions: Presbyter’s Pen April 2014

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

By Rev. Bob Reynolds, Executive Presbyter Following a difficult decision by the Chicago Presbytery Assembly on February 8, the Presbyterian Camps property in Saugatuck, MI was sold to Dune Ridge, LLC on Friday, February 14. Nine million dollars was received from the purchaser, and Dune Ridge will pay the presbytery an additional $1 million within […]


Perspectives on L.E.A.D. 2014 Workshops

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

by Rev. Megan Cochran, Chicago Lake View Large and small, suburban and urban, ordained and lay, they all gathered at Elmhurst to participate in a day filled with uplifting worship, inspiring workshops, and sincere fellowship. On March 1, 2014, almost 400 people from Chicago and Blackhawk Presbyteries, attended the annual L.E.A.D. event. Overall, this “mini-retreat” […]


April Is Child Abuse Awareness Month

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Did you know that: A report of child abuse is made every ten seconds about as long as it takes to blink twice More than four children die every day as a result of child abuse. More than 90% of juvenile sexual abuse victims know their perpetrator. The Safe Space Program Team for our presbytery […]


Camp Service of Remembrance Notice

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Dear Friends, Many of you have indicated your interest in attending the Service of Remembrance for Presbyterian Camps. As we continue to work on the plans we want to extend a formal invitation with a few details to help with travel plans. We welcome everyone to join us for a time of fellowship, reflection and […]


April 12th, 2014 Assembly Summary

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

The theme of “neighbors” arose at this meeting – with TAG Talks (Technology, Art, God) touching on neighboring as a non-profit, with undocumented immigrants, and interreligously. A panel discussion on marriage featured Jim Brownson, author of Bible, Gender, Sexuality: Reframing the Church’s Debate on Same-Sex Relationships. Lunch was a time of sharing stories about the work […]


Signs of Interfaith Solidarity after Vandalism

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Submitted by Peg Griffiths, Interfaith Solidarity Coordinator, Presbytery of Chicago In early February, several churches and a mosque in the Gurnee and Waukegan area were the targets of anti-religious graffiti. The same offensive words were spray painted on all of the buildings. To show support of those in the affected communities, several members of our […]


Next steps for Vision: Connectional Mission Design

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Submitted by Nancy Dolan, Barrington Who is the Connectional Mission Design Task Force (CMDTF)? We are a diverse group of teaching and ruling elders from across our presbytery who have been commissioned to design the future structure for how the Presbytery of Chicago supports and enables mission and ministry in our churches and communities. The […]


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