Outreach and Social Justice are important to the church's mission for at least two reasons: one, because such ministry helps others, and two, because it changes our lives. Like a medical school whose primary mission is to train doctors and nurses, the church's primary mission is to train disciples. In the process we treat the sick, but just as importantly, we create healers. For this reason it's not enough to write a check for outreach from the church treasury. The check is important, but we also need to send people along with the check if we are to be changed. Both help make God's love visible in the world, but the latter helps make the world's needs visible to the church as well, especially when a member returns saying, "My eyes have been opened; my life is changed."
The church needs to be in the business of changing lives, our own and the lives of others. This ministry includes a number of outreach, service and training opportunities.
Vestry Adopts Anti-racism and Sanctuary Statements The vestry has been in serious conversation about the role of our faith in our turbulent world. The vestry has drafted and adopted a sanctuary statement and an anti-racism statement. These statements are meant to commit us to specific ways of loving our neighbors, ways of love to which we believe God is calling us. They are the beginning, not the end, of our work. If you would like to be involved in this work, please contact a member of staff or a member of the vestry.
St. Christopher’s Partners with Grace Church, Oak Park & St. Luke’s, Renk, Sudan The vestry of St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Oak Park voted unanimously to partner with Grace Episcopal Church in Oak Park to support St. Luke’s Episcopal Parish in Renk, Sudan. Read about the details here.