Pope Benedict has announced that he will soon step down as head of the Roman Catholic Church. He is not the only one who is resigning. There is a category of folks, called "nones" by demographers, who are resigning from the Church itself. Nones are the people who check "none of the above" when asked what religion they affiliate with in surveys like the U.S. Census.
"This is a hard letter to write, and it will be hard for many of you to read," Rev. Julie Harley posted, Dec. 5, on the First United Church in Oak Park website. "On Nov. 19, I learned that I have amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
In the campaign leading up to the presidential election on Nov. 6, there was plenty of talk about entrepreneurship, a term applied to people who start new businesses. As it turns out, the term can also be applied to pastors who are starting new churches in and around Oak Park.
OPRF graduate and Illinois National Guard Spc. Lee Atkins took his own life on Friday, Oct. 19. He was 24. A week later, on Oct. 27, Unity Temple was filled to capacity with family, friends and brothers-in-arms, who were trying to come to grips with their loss and the sense of meaninglessness underlying this tragedy.
During this election cycle, little attention has been paid to Asian voters even though 17 million Asians now live in the U.S., and census projections indicate that by 2050, one in 10 Americans will be of Asian ancestry. In Forest Park, with a population of 15,688 as of the last census, 1,071 of our neighbors and classmates can trace their origins to that part of the world.
Retirement" is a relative term in Oak Park. On Aug. 31, Bill Masterson "retired" after five years as a volunteer at Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory High School (CTK). It was his second retirement.