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In a recent daily meditation for the Center for Action and Contemplation, Father Richard Rohr wrote that “you never think yourself into a new way of living. You invariably live yourself into a new way of thinking.”

That reality has always been relatively clear to me – especially when it comes to faith and the gospels; but it became even more clear several weeks ago when I participated the 2012 Western National Leadership Training in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.   Futurist M. Rex Miller, author of The Millenium Matrix, was the keynote speaker for this annual conference and his topic was “Developing Leadership in Changing Times.”

Miller’s starting premise for both his book and presentation was as follows:  In the beginning was the Word….[and] what happens when you change the container of the Word.   In other words, the new ways (aka containers) in which and through which we communicate, are encouraging (even compelling) us to live into new ways of thinking about words and the Word, about institutions and about leadership.

He took us on a brief tour of the cultural containers in which both religion and society have operated (terms and dates coined by Miller):

In the Oral culture  – aka ancient (? BC- 1500), the credibility of the word was that of the person who spoke it.

In the Print culture  – aka Modern (1500-1950),  we began to see the word as idea, more than as relational.

In the Broadcast culture – aka Post Modern (1950-2010), the word became experiential;

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In the Digital culture – aka Convergent (2010 –), the word both becomes and facilitates conversations.

The implications for society and certainly for faith and religion are downright mind boggling, at least for someone like me, who didn’t become conversant with digital until I was already into adulthood .  The digital age has changed our understanding of what it means to be relational, accessible, and communal.  We are indeed living into new ways of thinking that are happening so quickly that we barely have time to adjust to one adaptation before another has taken its place.

When Miller showed us a brief video from YouTube, I was struck by how much I still have to learn.  I encourage you to open the link and let this speak for itself.  Ask yourself if you could have imagined (if you are not a late Gen-Xer or a Millenial) such a scenario.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meyh9BFe-9Q

The digital age is changing the way we lead, the way we think, and the way in which we see the world.   Miller points out that “the changing technology of communication has also fundamentally altered the character of the church” (p. 140), despite the slowness (and even reluctance) of many to live into this new way of being.  As we become familiar with and integrated into what it means to live in an interactive culture, we will embrace these opportunities for teaching and learning, for worship, leadership  and communication.

The Gospel of Matthew reminds us that we cannot put new wine into old wineskins, lest the wineskins break, the wine be spilled and both wine and wineskins be ruined (9:17).   The digital era – and the emerging convergent church — are the new wine, searching for appropriate spiritual and institutional structures that will flex and expand to embrace “the connected intimacy and simultaneity of the [new] digital culture” (Miller, p. 143).

Are you ready?

Today we continue on our in depth look at relationships and how life is affected by being in seminary. A large portion of our students, both commuter and residential, have families. As such, people with spouses and children face a unique set of circumstances while studying to fulfill God’s call on their lives. I’m no expert on the subject, so I’ve asked two fellow class mates to share their perspectives – Jeff Courter and Ken Crews. Jeff and Ken are both second year students- I have asked them to share because they have had experiences living on and off campus, being full and part time, having a spouse also in school, etc. I feel like their two stories help to show what it’s really like for folks with families to study at McCormick.

First up is Jeff:

Living in the residential building with my wife and children has been interesting, to say the least, especially now that my wife is also going to school.  Five students in one family – someone please stop the madness!  Books and papers are everywhere.  We don’t have family meals – we graze, like sheep.  We have become a small band of hunter-gatherers, foraging in the refrigerator in search of nourishment to keep us alive, stopping at exotic stores like Aldi’s or Save-A-Lot to stock up on food to be consumed without having to be cooked.  We have acquired a taste for raw produce.

How does this lifestyle affect my seminary studies?  My apartment life has become a lab experiment in communal tribal living…this living arrangement is intentional and happenstance at the same time.  We live in a mixture of organization and chaos…It is not painless, and we have each seen more challenges in our lives than we have ever undergone until now.  Negotiating conflicting schedules, adjusting to using public transportation instead of driving in suburbia, now being connected more by school breaks on the calendar than by family events – this year has added new stresses to our family life.  Yet each one of us looks forward to a brighter future, each of us anticipating doing what we love to do in new careers.  After all, that’s the promise and premise of education – to enable and equip us to fully engage in a vocation, in the fullest sense John Calvin used that term.

For me personally, I have thoroughly enjoyed living with and among colleagues and peers.  I get to discuss things that most Americans avoid – spiritual issues!  It’s a little like being part of an underground culture, without the persecution and oppression (thank God for that!).  For me, the community of faith is essential.  It’s what we are called to build.  It’s the embodiment of the Kingdom of God in our world.  It’s why I came here, and what I long to help develop and create.

This has been an exciting time for me.  I have learned from women and men who have great learning, who have devoted much of their lives to research and are handing that experience down to us -  not only on subjects like theology, history and languages, but also essential knowledge about practicing spirituality and self-care, and understanding human relationships in pastoral ministry.  McCormick’s instructors are some of the most interesting and caring people I have ever met.

I have also met some of the most enthusiastic and committed men and women as fellow students.  My hope for both our denomination and the greater Christian Church has grown, due to seeing and hearing from my peers.  What excites me is being able to share my vision, and hear the vision of others, which are often similar to mine.  It’s like “we get it” together, seeing our responsibility to social justice, to the transforming good news of Jesus Christ, to our stewardship of God’s creation, and to a greater sharing of love and fellowship to the world.  These students are my partners in a Christian movement of transformation of our world, from what it is to what God wants it to be.  While our callings and paths may diverge after this time together, we are linked in this great endeavor, and will carry one another from this place in our hearts and memories.

This is a transitional time for all of us.  Many come to McCormick with new relationships – new families, new spouses, new children…many come here after relationships end.   We also establish new relationships while we are here!  But most of us will go forth from here to someplace else; our time together is temporary, and we understand this.

Even so, whether permanent or temporary, life is all about relationships.  People will come and go in our lives, some for longer periods of time than others, some affecting us more than others.  Some become relationships we call family, and some become our spiritual family.  McCormick is an institution devoted to helping us grow and develop our relationships with God and one another.  To me, this is the most important lesson we can ever learn.  Our relationships define us, and affect our families, our churches, our societies, and our world.  Even temporary relationships are important, and can change us permanently.  Relationships are like any other growing and living thing – they must be nourished and attended to in order to thrive.  We must be intentional in our interactions with one another, in order to make our relationships positive ones.

My family is changing, as all families do.  Two of my children are in college, and my youngest is applying for college.  My wife has returned to college. Seminary and college are each a preparatory and transitory phase in most of our lives.  My children are moving on with their lives.  My wife and I will move on from here as well when I am finished with my studies.  While this is not my last year, the day is coming when I will finish and leave McCormick.  I will likely grieve having to leave, because I love being here.  But this is a preparatory phase, not a final destination.  There is a larger objective for us outside McCormick.

I sometimes think of McCormick like a sort of cyclotron – a particle energizer which accelerates subatomic particles towards the speed of light.  The more I learn, the more I accelerate, and the more energy I absorb, it seems.  Sometimes I am anxious to burst forth and do what I came here to be equipped to do – ministry!  I love being here, but I am also ready to be sent forth, like the disciples of Jesus.  The day for me to go forth is coming quickly – life moves fast, as my family life has shown me.

Meanwhile, I am trying to make the most of every minute, every learning experience, and every relationship I have while I am here.  The more energy I absorb, the more I will take with me.

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Last, but certainly not least, is Ken:

What was I thinking when I responded to God’s call to attend seminary? The reading assignments alone can be a full-time job (thanks Ken and Bob!), not to mention actually having to attend class, write papers, try to conjure up some creative idea for a PIF project, and make time for the occasional study break! Now add two children (Owen 9, Evelyn 5), a wife (Heather, you can ask her age!), a dog (the amazingly lazy, Sasha), a part-time job, and a commute to and from Indiana everyday to the mix and you have yourself quite the adventure. While all of this creates a rather demanding time schedule, I wouldn’t trade any of it for all the riches in this world. Why? Because, I am precisely where God wants me to be. I am able to engage in deep conversation with wonderful friends in a unique community, and at the end of the day be delighted when my daughter, Evelyn, finds it comical that she and dad are both learning their letters – English for her, and Greek for me!

Be assured, this adventure is only possible because of the support of many amazing family and friends. It has meant that my wife, Heather, had to return to full-time work outside of the home because I left a well paying job to follow God’s call. She never hesitated, and has always supported me in my journey. It has required many family and friends to sacrifice time to look after our children as I pursue my studies and Heather works full-time, and it has required that my children sacrifice time with mom and dad while we’re both away from the home more. Sometimes it has even required professors and EA’s to sacrifice classroom space when my kids had to sit through class with me (thanks Paula, Katie, and Sylvia!!!).

Although attending McCormick has required quite a bit of sacrifice, it has been so much more rewarding. My family and I have grown closer to one another because of all the change in our lives, and we have all grown closer to God as we move along this path together. We are always discovering new ways in which we come together as a family, and new ways in which God is working in our lives and providing for us as we move along the journey. Our journey through seminary as a family is proof that God uses many unique people in many unique ways to accomplish the work of divine love.

May God bless and keep you all, and your families (whatever shape they take!)….

So there we have it! If you have questions pertaining to your family, don’t be afraid to ask the friendly Admissions office workers, or even our dean of Students.

We’re not done with this series yet, so keep checking back for more students responding to what it’s been like for them and their relationships while in seminary!

Peace and Blessings,

Wes

McCormick has been preparing women and men for ministry for well over 150 years, and today on the CURE you’ll get an insiders look at what life is like when you leave the classroom and get into the ministry God has called you to! I’ve asked two recent McCormick grads to share  about their lives after seminary and how McCormick helped shape them to live into their calls. Sharing is 2012 M.Div graduate TC Anderson who works as the director of Youth Ministry at at the First Presbyterian Church of Arlington Heights and 2012 MTS Graduate Ryan Wallace, an organizer for the Civic Action network.

Up first is TC Anderson-

Did McCormick prepare me for my ministry? Yee…. Nnnn…. nes! It’s a complicated answer, so allow me to try and flush it out. First, I’m working in youth ministry because that’s where I’m called. I knew that going into seminary and it hasn’t changed. McCormick is very much focused on ministry from the pulpit. This does not mean that there aren’t classes or even professors geared towards other areas of ministry, just that the majority of what I was learning was for ministry from the pulpit. That being said, I think that McCormick did exactly what I needed McCormick to do to prepare me for my ministry going forward. I needed something to deepen my own faith, I needed something to expand my understanding of my religion, I needed something to connect me with other Theologians who both agree and disagree with me so that I could stay in contact with them when I needed to talk about this ministry. McCormick did all these things. Having worked in ministry for 7 years before going to McCormick I didn’t need a class to tell me what to expect in that ministry field. I have found that books and lessons can only take you so far in that respect anyway. Hardly ever does a problem happen exactly like one of your case studies. The only real way to prepare us for the ministry is to strengthen our faith, give us a support net, and increase the amount of knowledge we have about our beliefs, the rest is experiential. So I guess my answer, now that I’ve flushed it out more, is yes. McCormick did exactly what I needed to be done to prepare me for this crazy, unexpected, difficult, fulfilling thing called ministry. Thank you McCormick!

TC's ministry in Action!

And finally, Ryan Wallace –

I began in the MDiv program at McCormick in the fall of 2010, just a couple of months after formally initiating my ordination process in the Chicago Presbytery. I had sensed a call to congregational ministry from a very young age, but I entered McCormick with a genuine uncertainty about my future. I never felt reason to question my call to ministry, per se. It’s just that, as I grew older, the world got bigger and so did my notion of what “ministry” might mean.

And then, McCormick pried open my world more yet. Fellow students, professors, and classes challenged me to think about myself, my ministry, and the Church in new ways. I learned the difference between charity and justice. I reckoned with my identity as a straight white American male from a well-to-do suburb. And I came to the somewhat difficult realization that I don’t need to be Rev. Ryan Wallace to do God’s work in my community.

In February, I reclassified my degree from MDiv to Master of Theological Studies. And though I’m still in prayerful conversation about my ordination, I’m still not sure what, if any, formal leadership position I may one day hold in the Presbyterian Church. Nevertheless, I am quite confident that I am called to the ministry I’m now doing.

Today, I am a congregational organizer with the Civic Action Network at the Community Renewal Society, a 130 year-old Chicago organization that addresses racism and poverty through community organizing. Our network is comprised of some eighty-odd churches across the Chicago metropolitan area. I am the organizer for our member churches in Lake County and suburban Cook County. Ultimately, my goal is to develop leaders in those congregations who can mobilize its members to act as a force for change. Each year, we listen to the people in our churches to understand the issues they face in their communities, and together we build campaigns to create positive change. We fight for jobs for ex-offenders, housing for those without it, adequate funding for all our children’s schools, and gun control in our communities among other issues.

In our modern culture, I believe the Church is becoming irrelevant because we too often deliver a message about eternal salvation to a people who need and long for a message about salvation in the here and now. We, the Church, often declare our vision—full of love—for God’s kingdom on earth. But seldom do we acknowledge our latent power and set out to use it for the fulfillment of that vision. Reinhold Niebuhr said: “Power without love is tyranny, and love without power is sentimentality.” With his words in mind, let’s refuse to be the sentimental Church who dreams only of what could be or might be, and instead become the Church that plays a powerful role in the building of our communities that will be.

Thanks so much to TC and Ryan. I hope you’ve seen a little about the paths McCormick students might take after leaving seminary – but their stories are only two of the many many voices to be heard, so I encourage you to come and visit McCormick, talk to our students and faculty, speak with Alumni and see for yourself what McCormick can do for you and the ministry that God has called you to.

Our Fall Inquiry into Ministry is right around the corner – so take advantage! Register here: Fall IIM Registration

Greetings friends! After a semi-restful reading week, CURE is back! We look a bit different now, and we hope you like it.

It’s that time of the month where I give up control of the blog to my trusty side kick/pet interviewer extraordinaire, Norae, to interview the pets of McCormick – this week, Mika the cat.

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Yeah – I look cuddly don’t I? It’s just a ploy to get you close… then I’ll eat you. Mwahahahaha

Norae: Tell us your name and breed?
Mika: My name Mika, my breed is street fighting cat.

N: Street fighter, huh? Who is your human?
M: I call her Big Food Monster. Her real name is Mo or something, I don’t know, I don’t really pay attention.

N: How did you get him/her?
M: I let her live with me while my dad’s away flying planes off a boat for the Navy.

N: That sounds awfully nice of Big Food Monster. What’s your favorite place in your apartment?
M: The window, or right under the food monsters feet.

Ah, yes. The window. Where I can view my next kill.

N: Where is your favorite place outside of your apartment?
M: I’ve yet to implement my escape plan.

N: Good luck with that. What are your favorite treats?
M: Flowers

Fresh cut flowers – I like to pretend they scream as I munch on their beautiful deliciousness.

N: How about in your daily sustenance: do you prefer wet or dry food?

M: I like fancy expensive food and when the food monster buys something else I show my anger with her in unspeakable ways.

N: Um. Well. Okay, then. How many toys do you have? Which ones are your favorite?
M: I have lots of toys. I like to put them in places that will make the food monster trip over them, I also like to drowned them in my water dish so she knows how deadly I am. My favorite is the laser pointer, I almost had it last time!

N: What is your favorite way to pass time when you aren’t drowning toys?
M: Sleeping while the food monster reads, sitting where it is most inconvenient for the food monster, not having a job, judging people from the window, having staring contest with the food monster. In that order.

I must eat my food at the table with the food monster’s best china. I sometimes allow others to join me, but never the food monster.

N: What is one thing you think everyone should know about you?
M: The only human I like is the one the food monster calls “Riegel”.

N: Any last words of wisdom you want to share with everyone about youself?
M: Be afraid.

Well, um, there you have it: Mika, the really scary cat. Join me next month when I interview a cat that doesn’t make me want to cry.

- Norae, pet blogger of awesomeness

Relationships and Life in Seminary: Part 1, Married Life

This week I was fortunate enough to celebrate two years of marriage to my wonderful wife, Liz. In honor of our anniversary, I wanted to present to you, my dear readers, something I was wholly unprepared for before coming to McCormick: being married and starting seminary. I’ll offer my perspectives about what that has been like as a student, as well as the perspectives of two spouses: my own wonderful wife, Liz, as well as Amy Rhodes, whom you may remember as one of the parents of Albus Labuschagne-Rhodes, the dog highlighted in September’s Pet Corner. This is part 1 in an ongoing series about seminary life and relationships. In the coming months we’ll also hear about what it’s like to raise kids, dating and/or being single, as well as being LGBTQ and in seminary.

I got married only 9 months before moving to Chicago and starting the first of three years of seminary. That’s a whole lot of life changes happening at once! We quit our jobs and drove the car we bought two months into being married to Chicago to start a new chapter of our already new life together. We went from having every night together to do whatever we wanted to having maybe one night a week together, if we’re lucky. I’m actually home quite a bit, but usually I’m busy studying or writing papers. I used to make dinner for Liz every night, but I suddenly had night classes  a couple nights a week and couldn’t do that any more. I found it really difficult to do the things I wanted to be able to do for our relationship. Liz was suddenly our primary income source, house keeper, dog walker, etc. It’s really hard to sit back and read a book while you see the woman with whom you’re joined in holy matrimony, with whom you’re supposed to be equal partners in making things work, suddenly have to take on so much in order to allow me to fulfill my call. It’s really hard that the times we get to see each other I’m reading and she’s cleaning, even though she just spent 10 hours at work.

It’s hard to not feel like I’ve suddenly become a huge burden on our new marriage. We’ve been open with communication and I do what I can. We carve out time when I can help her around the house, and I’ve adjusted my schedule to at least try to make an effort. We also eat dinner together whenever possible. Sometimes eating at the dinner table is the only time we get to talk all day, so it’s a huge part of our lives. Dinners have had to become simpler, but at least we get that time together, and I feel like I can do something to contribute to our relationship together. We also have to be really intentional about real time we spend together. Living in community is great, there is always something to do and people to see, but sometimes you have to spend time together instead. This was/is hard for me – I’m a people person through and through. When I’m not studying I prefer to be with lots of people, but that just isn’t feasible for our relationship – if I did that I’d never have alone time with Liz. We set out time to have dates, usually one night a week. I work hard to get my homework done so that we can have a Saturday night together, to go out and experience life in Chicago, eat in a restaurant or simply to watch a movie and cuddle.

The other big piece of being in seminary and being married is that sometimes it’s hard to talk about all the emotions I’m feeling from what I learn and how I’m challenged in faith. I want to be able to tell Liz everything, but I also don’t want to alienate her with thoughts and feelings that she won’t be able to properly respond to. What has helped is to have a couple of people to meet with weekly and talk about the Bible, faith and all our inner struggles. Being able to work through some of these things, at least partially, takes some of the pressure off Liz – I still tell her what’s going on, but if I’ve been able to begin to process it and talk about it with others, I can more clearly vocalize what I’m feeling and she doesn’t have to feel like everything is on her.

Being married while doing this thing called seminary is hard. Your relationship will be tested in ways you couldn’t imagine. It will also grow and get richer and deeper, if you’re intentional about making it so. Seminary isn’t easy to begin with, and to have someone else along the journey with you is both enriching and more difficult. Make sure you are able to openly talk about where your relationship is and where it is going. Be flexible. Be intentional about spending real time together. Don’t let your partner over burden themselves. Communicate. These are the things that have made it work the past year and a half. It’ll be hard, but you’ll survive!

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And now perspectives from spouses of seminarians. Up first – Liz:

Being married to a seminary student means having an instant loving, welcoming and supportive community. I love the community of McCormick and everyone I have met. I am continuously amazed by this community.

When Wes and I decided to move to Chicago so that he could attend McCormick, I knew that it was not going to be the easiest of paths. This path he was called to is not the norm. A person has to be truly confident that this is the right path for them. So, we tried to prepare ourselves. We discussed what this would mean for us: as a couple, as individuals, financially and professionally. But, alas, there were things that were unexpected.

I was prepared to take on the bulk of household chores during the school year (knowing that one day I, too, would be going to grad school). I knew that I would now be the primary source of income, instead of sharing that burden. I knew that our weekends and other time together would most definitely not be the same. I knew that I would need to be supportive even when I didn’t have the energy to be.

What I didn’t know or wasn’t prepared for was that I would be seen as a future pastor’s wife. I was not prepared for this because Wes was certain that he did not want to be/ was not called to be a parish minister. Things change. Either way, I was not prepared that I would consciously have to distinguish myself and make it clear that I have my own identity and that I am my own person. Just because Wes is in seminary, does not mean that I will also go to seminary. It does not mean that I will take on extra duties in the church he eventually serves that I would not otherwise do. It means setting boundaries and learning to say NO. And sometimes, it means not going to church just because Wes has to and realizing that that’s okay and in no way means that I am less supportive of Wes’ life. In the beginning when people asked if I was a student, I would respond, “no, I am just a spouse” or “I am Wes’ wife.” I wasn’t thinking about what I was saying. I am not just a spouse. So, I have changed my language so that it is clear that we would not be in Chicago if we both didn’t want be here.

As I said earlier, I love this community. But, there are times when I am surrounded by students and I cannot relate or add anything to the conversation simply because I am not a student. After that happened a few times, I knew I had to find a community of my own. Becoming friends with other seminarian spouses has been truly a blessing. I also started volunteering to have something else to do while I was searching for a job. And, I was lucky to find a job that I like and that is in the sector in which I want to work. It has allowed me to form relationships outside of McCormick. I am able to go to work each day and focus on something that is my own.

Being a spouse of a seminarian is not always easy. There is a lot of give and take. It has taken some time, but we have found a balance. I am happy to be here because it means Wes gets to do what he is meant to be doing. I would do whatever it takes for him because he would do the same for me.

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Finally, Amy Rhodes shares her perspective:

In a lot of ways, being married to a seminarian is a lot like being married to any graduate student: instead of nights off after work to watch your favorite television show together, your partner has to hit the books. Instead of weekends to lounge around or go out, there’s a lot of paper writing and staying in. The give-and-take of married life has a different flow because it’s life while studying, yet you have a sense of what to expect.

What’s different about seminary, however, is ministry. While you may know what it’s like for studying to influence your marriage, in most cases (mine included), seminary is the first introduction of ministry to your marriage. And ministry is simply different. Former seminarians and their spouses gave me a lot of advice before my partner started studying, and much of it focused on the difficulty of seminary and ministry on marriage. I was torn between an ‘oh-no-what’s-going-to-become-of-us’ terror and an ‘it-won’t-be-like-that-for-us’ arrogance, and, unsurprisingly, the truth of my experiences lies somewhere between the two. Any adjustment involves some effort. It’s a shift. But just as you are aware that your partner is starting a journey with God through ministry, both partners should remember that marriage vows are a promise to God, as well. Studying for God can’t be placed above holy matrimony, so to speak. So, you make time for each other. And you watch your favorite television show together and you go out and the papers get done and the studying takes place, and eventually you stop shifting and you start taking root again. And slowly everything falls into place.

I hope you enjoyed part 1 in this series! We’ll have next week off because it’s reading week, so see you back again October 17th when I’ll introduce you to another awesome seminary pet!

Greetings and Happy October!

Leaves are officially changing in Chicago, which means it’s Fall and officially the best time to explore all of Chicago’s neighborhoods! Once a month CURE brings you one of Chicago’s many neighborhoods. Not only are they part of our great city, but these neighborhoods are part of McCormick’s urban classroom. Up this week: Lake View!

As you can probably tell in the map, Lake View’s shape is a bit awkward. The yellow splotches in the middle are actually neighborhood – Wrigleyville on the left and Boystown on the right – that have been created within Lake View’s boundaries. From my time spent in Chicago it is clear that not a lot of people actually know Lake View’s boundaries, and for good reason, as neighborhoods tend to shift with time.

Despite Lake View’s ever changing shape, it is one of my favorite neighborhoods for many reasons. I had the opportunity to do some research on Lake View for a paper I wrote in my first year at McCormick, and what I learned was quite fascinating.

When Lake View was originally established, it was a small suburban community set between Chicago and Evanston. It was incorporated into Chicago in 1889, and has been a thriving neighborhood ever since. Lake View has since become a neighborhood full of young professionals and young families, as well as gay men.

Lake View and Boystown (which was created out of Lake View) is home to one of the largest amounts of youth homeless in the Mid-West. This partially attests to the grim reality that a lot of youth struggling with their sexual identity are not welcome in their families, and the kids have no where else to go. As Chicago, like many cities, is not the best at serving those needing the most support, several churches and other non-profits have provided space for the homeless youth to be themselves. Local laws keep beds for homeless youth at a minimum, but Lake View Presbyterian and Broadway United Methodist Church, as well as the Night Ministry, are able to still do what they can. McCormick Students have been big parts in both Cafe Pride at Lake View and Youth Lounge at Broadway, and they continue to be.

Lake View, as well as Boystown, is also home to Chicago’s Pride Parade – which is one of the biggest in the country – held the last Sunday in June each year. Local churches, included Broadway United Methodist and Lake View Presbyterian, march in solidarity with the LGBTQ community.

Lake View is home to many congregations in which to worship, including Lake View Presbyterian and Broadway, as well as many others. Other cool aspects of Lake View include on of Panera Bread’s pay-what-you-can restaurants.

Me and my lovely wife at last years Pride Parade

Thanks for checking into one of Chicago’s many wonderful neighborhoods.

Check back on Friday for a look into what it is like to be married in Seminary!

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