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Monday, July 13

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Presbytery of Chicago


Rev. Joyce Chin, Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago, and Karen Danielson, Muslim American Society Courtesy of Shelley Donaldson


Rev. Joyce Shin, Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago, and Karen Danielson, Muslim American Society


Courtesy of Shelley Donaldson


In order to better connect people of all faiths, the Presbytery of Chicago has taken steps to develop mutual, respectful, and compassionate relationships with local faith groups. One such initiative is the covenant between the presbytery and the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago signed June 2013.

A dinner to celebrate the new covenant and the commitment of the two groups to “serve, support, and benefit one another” was held in the fall, and several congregations in the presbytery incorporated the covenant statement into worship services. For 2014, congregations were encouraged to partner with outside organizations to discuss books relating Christianity and Islam and perform joint service projects.

The historic covenant document concludes with this important message:

“In order to achieve this vision we recognize that our two communities in metropolitan Chicago have much work to do. With sincere effort, we commit ourselves

• to deepen our understanding of each other’s religion

• to recognize that we do not agree on all things

• to model respect for each other’s religions

• to work together on issues of human equality and social justice, consistent with our religious values.

Together we place our trust and hope in God, that God will bless and guide our efforts and that God will turn our efforts into a blessing for us.”

The Presbytery of Chicago is home to more than 100 congregations and worshiping fellowships and 33,171 members.

Natalie Beglen, managing editor, Our Common Ministry, Presbytery of Chicago

Let us join in prayer for:

Elder Molly Baskin, member, PMA Board
Elder Joseph L. Morrow, member, PMA Board

Presbytery Staff

Safiyyah Al-Amin, staff accountant
Natalie Beglen, newsletter managing editor
Rev. Wendy Boden-Nelson, Volunteer in Mission (VIM) interfaith solidarity coordinator
Rev. David Boumgarden, consultant, church development
Rev. Barbara Bundick, stated clerk
Laura Cathey, communications / resource center coordinator
Linda Denberry, VIM, operations
Rev. Janice Edmiston, associate executive presbyter, ministry
Rev. Garnett Foster, consultant, empower ministries
Elder Loretta Gratias-Bremer, consultant, safe boundaries
Rev. Tassie Green, proactive transformation coordinator
Elder Peg Griffiths, VIM, interfaith solidarity coordinator
Rev. Eric Heinekamp, director, business affairs
Elder Juanita Holley, consultant justice ministries
Louise Howe, VIM, consultant archivist
Elder Terry Jackson, VIM resource center
Rev. Cliff Lyda, VIM, parliamentarian
Rev. Jay Moses, VIM, interreligious relationships coordinator
Elder Jacqueline Murray, scholarship coordinator
Earnestine Norwood, office manager / assistant to executive presbyter
Denise Pomey, office services assistant
Rev. Robert Reynolds, executive presbyter
Kitty Ridley, executive assistant
Rev. Matt Wrzeszcz, youth ministries coordinator
Young Adult Volunteers
Mackintosh Barker, Teresa Larson, and Elizabeth Mast

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Christopher Lega, PMA

Let us pray

Dear Lord, we seek your guidance to show compassion, justice, and love to all people in this diverse world. Although we may not agree on all things, help us to focus on our similarities and work together for the common good. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 5; 145
First Reading 1 Samuel 18:5-16 (17-27a) 27b-30
Second Reading Acts 11:19-30
Gospel Reading Mark 1:29-45
Evening Psalms 82; 29

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