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Job Posting: Youth Cultural Enrichment Summer Program Director

October 18, 2017

Youth Cultural Enrichment Summer Program Director
St. James Cathedral, Chicago 
65 E. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611

Summer in the City (SITC) is an important outreach ministry at St. James Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Chicago, offering a 3-week summer program of cultural enrichment for a diverse group of youth. St. James is seeking a new Director for SITC from January 2018, to lead a committed team of staff and volunteers.

Leadership Transition for Summer in the City

October 18, 2017

An announcement from the Rev. Canon Lisa Hackney-James, Sub-Dean

After eight years of dynamic and generous leadership, the Rev. Ed Bird is stepping down from his role as Executive Director of Summer in the City. In the Spring of 2017, Fr. Ed took on a new challenge by accepting a call to serve as full-time Interim Rector at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in DeKalb, Illinois, a community that lies 70 miles west of Chicago.  We were very grateful for Ed’s willingness to stay in leadership for the 2017 camp. But that experience confirmed for Ed, and for the rest of the leadership team, that the distance was simply too large a factor to overcome, and that we must now find a new way of carrying forward the work of this lively and vital cathedral ministry.

Hurricane Irma Relief

October 10, 2017

By Joan Murphey

Hurricane Irma will long be remembered as one of the Atlantic’s strongest hurricanes on record, with peak winds of 185 mph, and Category 4 strength when it landed in the Florida Keys in the early morning of September 10, 2017. From Key Largo to Key West, the area was littered with storm wreckage of varying degrees, leaving many homeless particularly in Cudjoe Key and Big Pine Key. 

Many residents of the Keys attend St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Key West, and recently it was my honor to deliver a donation from St. James Cathedral to the Reverend Larry Hooper, Rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church of Key West for assistance with Hurricane Relief. “It’s unsettling to see many of our parishioners in need of the basics like food and water. And Irma will have a challenging impact on the Keys economy for some time. At the same time, I am privileged to witness great works by many who are helping people return to their homes and providing much-needed support.”

Author: Joan Murphey