Chicago day 2 – Dec 22

Hi from Chicago, Illinois and greetings to all back home

Since I last wrote we have travelled from St John’s Abbey, Collegeville, Minnesota via car to Chicago.

St John’s Abbey (St John’s University) and the partner St Benedict’s in St Joseph’s about 6 miles away, are working in many ways in the stewardship issues which effect them in their pledge for “stability” within the rule of St Benedict.  This is a spirituality within the Benedictine tradition which is being discovered, or rediscovered (depending who you talk to).

Today has been a great “green” day with great meetings with two organisations – Faith and Place – http://www.faithinplace.org/ a partner organisation with Interfaith Power and Lighthttp://interfaithpowerandlight.org/.  Thanks to Clare for her time today.  Thanks also to John from the Midwest Institute for Environmental Spirituality – http://midensp.org/ for his time and resources.  Both these organisations have been pathfinders in working with parish communities in raising the political and theological profile of sustainability/stewardship/environmental issues within the Christian Church and other faiths, particularly Islam and Judaism.

Tomorrow Julia and I plan to explore some of Chicago. Of particular interest is the Chicago centre for green technology, http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/doe/provdrs/ccgt.html a place which exhibits examples of numerous sustainable technologies.

Also of interest for art lovers is the Art Institute of Chicago http://www.artic.edu/ and the Museum of Contemporary Art , Chicago http://www.mcachicago.org/

Please continue to pray for those on the streets in the U.S., especially in the cold, rain and snow of Chicago.  Love from us both.  xo

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