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Seeking Justice Loving Mercy Walking Humbly
EWind is a weekly electronic newsletter from and for the American Baptists of the Windy City and its environs, covering
matters as diverse as our region.
IN THIS ISSUE
Table of Contents
LOCAL EVENTS & CONFERENCES
NEWS FROM ABCMC CONGREGATIONS
WOMEN AT WORK: FEMALE MINISTERS FIND OBSTACLES ON PATH TO PULPIT
ABC NATIONAL/REGIONAL WOMEN’S RETREAT
OCTOBER 25, 2014 11:00AM 4:00PM
ABC USA NEWS
PRAYER REQUESTS ~ PLEASE PRAY…
It's one of those "start of the new year" times again.
As if, Labor Day was actually New Years Day.
Kids starting a new school year. People starting back to work after some days or weeks of vacation. The start of the football season. Etc. Etc.
And, yes, the start of the new program year for congregations.
Here's my question: what will make this new program year different in your church and your ministries?
Or will the new program year just be firing up the same "programs" that have been in place year-after-year?
Don't get me wrong: that's not entirely bad. Some really good programs need to continue year-after-year!
Let me offer a suggestion: if you aren't already engaged with another ABCMC congregation in some meaningful way, I dare you to reach out to another ABCMC church and ask: what could we do together that we aren't doing separately?
That would be in keeping with our Baptist heritage of freely admitting that the ministry of Jesus Christ can't and shouldn't always be done separately and, actually more importantly, freely committing ourselves to being related, connected, associated with one another in order to find new ways of engaging in the redeeming ministries of our calling in Jesus.
Whether you take up this challenge--this dare--or not, happy new program year! May it be generative in the work of the Gospel.
In the cause of the Evangel, Larry p.s. For one of our own, this is NOT the start or restart of something new. The Rev. Chakravarthy Zadda successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and brought to completion, therefore, his rigorous program of research in the field of Missiology. Congratulations Chaks!
Sunday, September 7, 2014 – 13th Sunday after Pentecost (Year A) Exodus 12:1-14 Psalm 149 Romans 13:8-14 Matthew 18:15-20 Deliverance involves both the redeemed and their enemies, and even the community of love needs ways to keep its boundaries. J. Wilcoxen http://www.abcmc.org/documents/biblicalWords/2014/biblical_words_09_07_2014.pdf Sunday, September 14, 2014 – 14th Sunday after Pentecost (Year A) Exodus 14:19-31 Psalm 114 Romans 14:1-12 Matthew 18:21-35 Israelites sang God’s triumph over Pharaoh, and Jesus people were taught to forgive each other. J. Wilcoxen http://www.abcmc.org/documents/biblicalWords/2014/biblical_words_09_14_2014.pdf
MMBB FINANCIAL PLANNING SEMINAR – OCTOBER 15Join MMBB Financial Services for a Retirement Planning Seminar at Lindner Conference Center at Northern Seminary.
Certified Financial Planners will provide the tools needed to:
--Set Your Retirement Goals
--Define Your Income Sources Determine How to Distribute and Diversify Assets Make Sure You are on the Right Financial Path for Retirement.
Breakfast 8:30am Seminar 9:00am 12pm REGISTER DIRECTLY WITH MMBB! www.mmbb.org/retirementplanning LOCAL WOMEN’S RETREAT – OCTOBER 25
CO-SPONSORED BY AMERICAN BAPTIST WOMEN’S MINISTRIES AND WOMEN IN MINISTRY ORGANIZATIONS(see full flyer elsewhere in ewind).
The first ever National/Regional Retreat will be held in Chicago October 25, 2014. “We're praying this will be a transformative encounter and the start of something new for the Metro Chicago women,” says Rev. Naomi Mitchell. A planning team is in formation and needs help. Please contact Naomi @ 773 634 1495 ext. 2 or Naomi@abcmc.org. For more information on the sponsoring organizations, visit: http://www.abwministries.org/ and http://www.abc usa.org/what_we_believe/abc organizations/abwim/ . http://www.eventbrite.com/e/titus-2-womens-retreat-an-american-baptist-churches-of-metro-chicago-event-tickets
David Sagar, Shakespeare Osorio, Holale Azondjagni, and Jacki Belile hosted the Mayra Giovanetti-Carlos Bonilla family on July 11th on their way to International Ministries gathering at Green Lake. Mayra, Carlos, Alberto, Daniella, and Carolina are serving in Nicaragua. We had a rich time of fellowship and discussion of calling and mutual support.
Congratulations to the Rev. Dr. James Edward Dunn, lead pastor of Saint John Church-Baptist, for having been awarded the Doctor of Ministry degree from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary on June 7. Dr. Dunn's doctoral thesis was on recruiting, developing, and training emerging church leadership.
We rejoice with Rev. Elizabeth (Liz) Jones who was ordained by Community Church of Wilmette on June 29.
Congratulations to Rev. Dr. Joel Harter on his new ministry as chaplain at Elon College in North Carolina.
We welcome Rev. Patty Jenkins home. She has recently concluded her chaplaincy deployment with the Army Reserve in Afghanistan.
Our thoughts are with Rev. David Gregg, President of ABCMC, as he begins as interim minister at the United Church of Hyde Park.
Rev. Rajamani Gonu will depart August 10 for two weeks to a remote region in India, where he will teach and mentor local pastors.
Rev. Jacki Belile has begun a part-time position as Minister of Congregational Development at Eden United Church of Christ on Chicago’s northwest side. She will continue her nationwide coaching and retreat ministry at Living Well Ministries.
Our MC member Rev. Holale Azondjagni and his wife Awenam have completed their orientation at International Ministries and will be preparing for mission placement in France.
Our prayers are with ABCMC’s current ordination candidates: Jean Engel, Laura Harris-Adam, and Stephen Heaviland.
Did we miss something? Email your news to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Highlights: Recharging in Ministry! Pastoral Excellence Grants! Upcoming Cruise! Together in Ministry Capital Campaign Update… Click here for more. Visit http://ministerscouncil.com/news/ministers-council-newsletter/.
Have you paid your dues for this year? If not, it’s not too late. Send on that check or visit the national website. Your dues make our local and national programs, resources and fellowship possible.
Use the form on the next page for mailing them in: 6 THE MINISTERS COUNCIL AMERICAN BAPTIST CHURCHES OF METRO CHICAGO DUES 2014—“Ministers Council ABCMC” Return to Rev. Carol Jamieson Brown, 107 Westwood Drive, Park Forest IL 60466 or pay at ministerscouncil.com NAME: PREFERRED ADDRESS: PHONE: EMAIL: MINISTRY SEASON/CONTEXT(S): SPECIAL NEEDS/INTERESTS FOR 2014? DUES: ___ Annual Basic ($70) ___ Seminarian ($35) ___ Clergy Couple ($95/couple)* NOTE: Dues are collected at the regional level for regional and national membership, and national dues forwarded by our treasurer. (If you prefer to pay on line at www.ministerscouncil.com, our regional portion will be forwarded to us.) *This was previously incorrectly advertised as $90/couple. OPTIONAL GIFTS for the Together in Ministry Capital Campaign (see below) Enclosed is $ _____ for the continued funding of Together in Ministry (TIM) Collegial Groups. ____ Please contact me about donating in kind services to the Together in Ministry Campaign. Participants in collegial covenant groups are more spiritually grounded, strengthened in their leadership, nurtured through clergy friendships, enhanced in preaching and teaching, and more positive toward self and congregation. The result is increased effectiveness and sustained pastoral excellence. This learning was confirmed by a multi year grant from the Lilly Endowment which previously funded nationwide Clergy Covenant groups across the ABC. The Ministers Council has launched our first ever Capital Campaign in order to support the continued work of Together in Ministry. This three year campaign will produce decades of support for collegial activities. For more info, visit http://ministerscouncil.com/together in ministry capital campaign)
ANNUAL GATHERING HIGHLIGHTSStay Tuned
Position Opening: Administrative Assistant (part time) North Shore Baptist Church, Chicago Vibrant urban multicultural congregation is looking for a part-time Administrative Assistant to work approximately 20-25 hours per week to handle basic clerical and office reception functions. Ideal candidate will possess an open, friendly personality and be comfortable interacting with a wide variety of people and situations. Solid computer and communications skills with working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs a must. Some college, an Associate’s Degree preferred, BA a plus. Bilingual English/Spanish preferred Work hours flexible within standard workday week schedule. Send resume with cover letter to, email@example.com by September 19, 2014. A complete job description can be found at our web site, www.northshorebaptist.org under the Staff tab, click on Support Staff. Please no phone calls.
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Carol Jamieson Brown was in her early 20s when she told her pastor she had answered a call from God to pursue ministry and enrolled in seminary.
But he put the brakes on her plans — he didn’t acknowledge women ministers.
“He had been my pastor since I was 5 years old,” Brown said. “So it was like your father telling you that God didn’t call you. He had to be right, and I had to be wrong. There was no room for him to be wrong in my life.” Many years later, she found room. Today she is pastor of First Baptist Church of Park Forest and among those who’ve made cracks in a stained-glass ceiling that continues to block women clergy and is nowhere close to being shattered.
Only 11 percent of American congregations were led by women in 2012, said Duke University Sociology Professor Mark Chaves, who shared data from a National Congregations Study survey that will be fully released in September.
“It was about 11 percent in 1998,” he said. “Nationally, it doesn’t look like it’s going up.” The survey was conducted by Chaves in collaboration with the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago.
Progress is greater in more liberal Protestant denominations that have more women ministers. Across such faiths, it was about 20 percent in 1998, and it’s just roughly 22 percent today, Chaves said. “It is creeping up there, but slowly.” Women have made greater inroads serving in lesser ministerial roles, with nearly a third of congregations reporting they have clergy women on their staff, but not necessarily serving as the head person, he said.
Just because denominations have policies allowing women’s ordination as clergy doesn’t mean individual congregations embrace them as pastors, noted Adair Lummis, faculty associate in research at the Hartford Institute for Religion Research in Hartford, Connecticut.
“In churches that are more congregationally centered versus those with more denominational leadership control, congregations can sort of make up their own minds,” Lummis said.
Age demographics account for some of the limited progress, contends Chaves, who also is professor of religion and divinity at Duke.
“There’s still the generation of clergy that are almost entirely male,” he said. “They will be leaving the scene, [but] when you have a process that requires generational change in the occupation, that takes time.” Women also leave the clergy at a higher rate than men, “and it’s still clearly true that there are churches out there who prefer a male,” he said.
It took 27 years for Brown to decide her pastor had erred. She concluded that after sharing her experience with an orthodox rabbi friend.