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‘It allows me to be me again!’

The Rev. Dr. Stewart M. Pattison, pastor of Community Presbyterian Church in Lombard, Illinois, has been living — and serving — with multiple sclerosis for more than 20 years.

Weekly community dinners awaken Homewood church to New Beginnings

When the Rev. Dr. Nancy Jo Dederer earned her Doctor of Ministry degree in parish revitalization, she had no idea that church transformation would become her calling. And not only her calling, but also a blessing to the people of Homewood, Illinois.

Presbytery of Chicago

Moving beyond the parish bias to celebrate ministry in all its forms Earlier this year, I began telling people that when my parish ministry position ends next month, I’m planning to pursue work in faith-based advocacy and policy change in Washington, D.C. I’m always quick to add a reassurance that “it’s still ministry, just not in a church.”

Presbytery of Chicago

In order to strengthen congregational vitality and to enhance mission, the Presbytery of Chicago has partnered with Faith in Place to provide environmental justice resources. Faith in Place inspires people of diverse faiths throughout Illinois to care for the earth through education, connection and advocacy, and has joined national efforts as the Illinois affiliate of Interfaith Power and Light.