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Come and find the quiet centerIn the crowded life we lead,Find the room for hope to enter,Find the frame where we are freed.Clear the chaos and the clutter,Clear our eyes, that we can seeAll the things that really matter,Be at peace and simply be.- Shirley Erena Murray, 1989 Beginning February 1, the Little Chapel is open to anyone who wants to “come and find the quiet center” Tuesday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The...

There’s an earworm song in the musical Moulin Rouge that, if you aren’t careful, will stick in your head for weeks on end. In it, the two main characters are singing the beginning of a flirtation (on top of a giant elephant, but that’s not the point of this story). Hoping to convince the aloof and beautiful Satine that love is worth the risk, our protagonist, penniless poet Christian, turns to the lyrics of popular...

Have you ever noticed how our favorite holiday songs are filled with images of peace? Silent nights. Fields of glistening snow. Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, lights turned way down low, stars brightly shining - song after song, we’re met with poetry that invites us to step out of the hustle and bustle of the world around us and just… breathe. These songs strike a chord because the moments of peace they picture feel like a...

Some mornings - maybe most of them - we wake up already in the middle of problems to solve.Before our bare feet hit the floor in the bedroom, we’ve scrolled through a few dozen headlines and social media updates. Our eyes squint to adjust to the glow of our small screens, their blue light flooding our pre-coffee minds with the entire world’s latest news. Here, in the early hours before we begin our long to-do...

“Love God. Love Neighbor. Two simple but difficult directives of our faith. By caring for our environment, we are doing both.”That’s Steve Huels, one of the leaders of our Green Team here at Winnetka Congregational Church. We had the chance to interview Steve this month, as well as fellow Green Team leader Jennifer Guy, about the environmental advocacy work they’re doing to care for the planet, for the neighborhoods and parks in our community, and...