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‘Love from a Distance’

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Thanks to the Member-to-Member outreach program at two Kenosha, Wis., congregations, members have received encouragement and a new sense of connection. Sue Quever, faith community nurse at Lord of Life Lutheran Church and St. Mary’s Lutheran Church, began the program in the spring of 2020 in response to the pandemic. “So many of our members Read More

A new collaborative aimed at addressing food insecurity in McHenry County launches

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The McHenry County Faith Leaders Collaborative, comprised of 40 faith communities, launched March 3. Its mission: to address food insecurity among residents in McHenry County. The Collaborative will work on such initiatives as stocking food pantries, assisting with feeding programs, and partnering with already established hunger organizations and programs in the region. The idea of Read More

Making Spaces Welcoming For All

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By Jeanne Davies, Executive Director, Anabaptist Disabilities Network When I was a pastor, I learned we had a few young people with autism in our youth group. In order to begin creating an environment that felt more comfortable, I provided a big basket of fidgets on the table in the center of the room. I Read More

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“It’s Up to You” COVID-19 Vaccination Education Campaign

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The Ad Council recently released a COVID-19 vaccine campaign, “It’s Up to You,” which includes FAQs in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Russian, Haitian Creole and Vietnamese. The campaign also offers COVID-19 Vaccine Education resources in English and Spanish, including some that are intended for faith community audiences: Public Service Announcement, Worship Public Service Announcement, The Black Read More

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Claretian Associates: Advancing Mental Health Wellness in South Chicago

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Since its founding in 1991, Claretian Associates has carried on a rich and collaborative tradition of responding to the needs of South Chicago and its surrounding communities by providing affordable housing and vital services that benefit the safety and wellbeing of residents and families. Claretian Associates aspires to create a community that is affordable, safe, and equitable Read More

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Drumming ‘slows me down and centers my spirit’

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By Rev. Michelle Hughes Illinois Conference, United Church of Christ clergy I started drumming last summer. I have always loved percussion instruments and thought it would be a fun thing to learn. I called a couple of my friends and asked if they would join me in this endeavor. We began on Fridays in my backyard, so Read More

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