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 Light – http://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.
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