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

Published by Christopher Golding

Chris Golding is an Australian ex-pat, vegan priest, spouse to Julia, and father to Phoebe and James. Christopher is currently the Associate Priest of St. Luke's Episcopal Church and School, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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