Unity Temple is growing. That's news because denominations that have been around for more than a hundred years haven't been doing so well lately — last year Southern Baptists were down .42 percent, United Methodists down 1.01 percent, ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church of America) down 1.96 percent, Presbyterian USA down 2.61 percent, Episcopalians down 2.48 percent. (National Council of Churches Yearbook)
The theft of metal in Oak Park and River Forest has focused mostly on copper downspouts and coping. But overnight between Sept. 28 and Sept. 29, the epidemic hit one of Oak Park's most famous landmarks, and hit it hard.