“As someone who lives on the intersections of a trans/queer identity and mental illness, the experience of Jacob – wrestling and holding on and being changed in the process – this narrative feels viscerally familiar to me….”
What St. Luke’s meant to me My name is Jessica Palys. I am an ordained UCC minister and solo pastor of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Hastings, Nebraska. I served St. Luke’s during the 2012-2013 school year as a student at Chicago Theological Seminary – part of an intern team of four!
If you’ve ever told a public story, you’ve probably discovered that between the story you want to tell and the story you end up telling there is an important step: workshopping the story. Workshopping is the process of getting what’s in your head or your heart out into the open so you can find out
“It is fitting that my first protest was through church, given that faith has always been my motivation for working for social change. With this experience as a gateway, I became more involved in faith-based community organizing and developed my pastoral identity as a change agent in the community.”
As the Diaconal Intern at St. Luke’s for the 2016-2017 school year, I inhabited a role that was largely created on-the-fly. At the start of my internship, many members of the community would come up to me and ask, “So, what exactly does a Diaconal Intern do?” And I would answer them honestly by saying,
“Do Not Worry” July 18, 2017 A Devotion for the Council at St. Luke’s Logan Square Based on Matthew 6:24-34 By Bishop Wayne Miller For some odd reason, it occurred to me this afternoon that a good topic of my devotion this evening would be “Worry.” In a way, of course, I’m not sure if
There are more than a few pearls of wit and wisdom that have gone forth from the mouth of Pastor Erik Christensen over the years, and certainly quite a few that I was blessed to be present for during my time in Logan Square, but as I reflect on my time serving with the faithful
Below is a letter from Pastor Erik dated July 19, 2017 upon the occasion of his acceptance of a new call. Dear St. Luke’s, I am writing today to share with you the news that I have accepted a new call to serve as Pastor to the Community and Director of Worship at the Lutheran School of
Often, when I take a breath before my sermon, I recall the calm that first came over me when preaching at St. Luke’s sometime ago the first time I realized without a doubt this is what I am supposed to be doing.
When I finally got to college, it felt like I was finally free. I had the chance to make real friends and to explore my identity and my beliefs about the world. So it came as kind of a surprise to me that I suddenly found myself dealing with deep, deep depression… And in the midst of my depression, I found myself in a spiritual desert, without my faith to ground me, without a God to confide in or to pray to or even to be angry with…