Community of Congregations President Leonard Grossman opened the meeting his organization sponsored, Sep. 30, at Ascension Catholic School by saying to over 150 people in attendance, "Recent publicity [e.g. online, Scenes of Chicago's Austin Neighborhood, Chicago Tribune, Sept. 27] has presented a one-dimensional portrait of the Austin neighborhood. Tonight we hope to broaden our understanding of our neighboring community."
You don't often hear the composer/librettist team of W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan mentioned in the same sentence with Oak Park's famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, but on Oct. 12 and 13 the three late geniuses will be brought together when the operetta Trial By Jury is staged at Unity Temple.
"I began to see Austin Boulevard as a meeting place, not a dividing line," said Dr. Marti Scott, pastor of Oak Park's Euclid Avenue Methodist Church, Monday night after a Community of Congregations sponsored meeting brought together more than 150 people from Oak Park and the West Side to talk about building connections.
The stories of two Oak Park same-sex couples illustrate how far society in general has changed in the last 30 years. When Leah Fowler was a teenager in the early 1990s, she would, from time to time, have crushes on girls she knew, but she resisted the possibility that she might be gay.
Todd and Katie Wilson first felt the call to adopt between 1998 and 2000 when they lived in Minneapolis. Newly graduated from Wheaton College, Katie was teaching junior high English and Todd was working with college students in a Twin Cities congregation.
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.