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Spiritual Life at the University of Chicago
Reporting to Rockefeller Chapel, Spiritual Life serves as a destination for all things spiritual and religious at the University of Chicago. We address the complexities of religious encounter in the twenty-first century and provide a space for members of the University community to ask big and small questions about meaning and purpose. We describe ourselves as creative, artistic, passionate, connected, integrative, wholistic, spiritual, fertile, resourceful, welcoming, vibrant, diverse, celebratory! From Ásatrú and Atheist to Zen and Zoroastrian, all are welcome. spirit.uchicago.edu
Blue Cross and Blue Shield
With 8.1 million members, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) is the largest health insurance company in Illinois. Because we are member owned, we answer to our members, not to shareholders. Our purpose: “To do everything in our power to stand with our members, in sickness and in health.” Our commitment guides us in fostering greater access to care, working to lower the overall cost of care — while improving care quality and patient outcomes.
Mindful Cyborgs is a movement to help people place themselves in “airplane mode” and not their devices. The movement aims to create a dialog focusing on contemplative technology, critiquing the status quo and creating mindful spaces where practitioners can use technology in safe and kind environments while they support their meditation practice. The movement is supported by a podcast and local meetups.
At Naropa University, students step into a lineage of change agents. Naropa is a Buddhist-inspired, student-centered liberal arts university. Naropa’s programs emphasize professional and personal growth, intellectual development, and contemplative practice. Graduates work to improve people’s lives and the condition of our planet.
Thresholds provides healthcare, housing, and hope for thousands of persons with mental illnesses in Illinois each year. Through care, employment, advocacy, and housing, Thresholds served more than 9,500 adults and youth last year. with 75% of services delivered out in the community, representing more than 500,000 hours of care.
AlphaGraphics has been serving the Chicagoland area for over twenty years. Their outstanding reputation is based on quality, service, quick turnaround, and competitive pricing. This family run business with its 15,000 square foot facility located at 1017 West Washington Boulevard, has a staff experienced in graphic design, digital production, bindery, conventional and digital printing, sales, mailing, and signage. AlphaGraphics offers free delivery throughout the city.
The Buddhist Temple of Chicago (BTC)
BTC is nearing its 71st anniversary. We are a diverse temple in the heart of the historic Uptown neighborhood of Chicago. BTC offers meditation sessions on a regular basis, along with study classes covering a wide range of Buddhist teachings. Services are held nearly every Sunday morning at 11, in addition to hosting a wide variety of educational and cultural classes. A new six-sided temple building modeled after the six-sided Rokkakudo Temple in Kyoto, Japan, was dedicated May 21, 2006.
Chicago Theological Seminary
For over 160 years, Chicago Theological Seminary has educated future leaders for a multitude of ministries. CTS has pushed the boundaries of the church in order to make our faith relevant and transform our society towards greater justice. Our student body represents more than 40 different faith traditions, perspectives and denominations.
Continental Sales “lots-4-less” is located at 63rd & Cicero adjacent to Chicago’s Midway Airport. We offer groceries, household supplies, personal care items, and much more at discounted prices. Continental Sales “lots-4-less” is known for deals that are “here today, gone tomorrow“. We are a family-owned business that is committed to creating a joyful shopping experience and is proud to be serving our Chicago community for more than 50 years.
The First Unitarian Church of Chicago welcomes all who seek a religious home free of creeds and guided by love, reason, and conscience. We are a delicious mix of races, cultures, and beliefs, a unity in diversity. In this church, there are people who pray, people who meditate, people who write, people who make art, people who practice paying attention, people who read mindfully, and people who have no active spiritual practice at all. Within our diversity, there are some things that unite us. We believe in the importance of the individual’s free search for truth and meaning. We believe in every person’s inherent worth and dignity. And we believe deeply in the importance of work for justice in this world. Join us on this journey!
Hyde Park Union Church is a multicultural and multiracial congregation where adults and children alike form a deeply committed community of Christians devoted to loving God and neighbor. Together we worship and study, advocate for justice and peace, and serve in God’s name. We are theologically diverse yet wholly committed to one another’s welfare and to living our faith in our city and our world.
The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), forms visionary leaders to bear witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. Its students come from all parts of the United States and from around the world to study in one of five advanced degree programs. Graduates become pastors, other church leaders, and scholars who teach in a variety of academic institutions. LSTC is a member of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools, which allows students to cross-register among the 11 member seminaries and draw on a wealth of ecumenical resources. LSTC enjoys a number of cooperative arrangements with the University of Chicago. A Center of Christian-Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice (CCME) at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) fosters and deepens relations between Christians and Muslims as a significant part of its larger purpose of building bridges of mutual understanding, respect and cooperation among people of all faiths.
Mainstream Media Enterprises, Inc.
While developing its own unique creative process, our team unites to combine its talents, originality and unique experiences to produce quality programming and products for Global Audiences. With our strictest adherence to excellence, we specifically focus on the underlying shifting and intrinsic aspects of the American Latino Culture, Latino and Diverse Global audiences, to create its trendsetting genres of Film, Television, Digital Media.
McCormick Theological Seminary
A seminary of the Presbyterian Church (USA) since 1829 and a progressive leader within the Protestant mainline, McCormick Theological Seminary equips, encourages, challenges, and energizes diverse women and men of all denominations hungry for a more just world and on fire to participate and lead in its Holy transformation. We are committed to institutional life, scholarship and ministry that are cross-cultural, urban, Reformed and ecumenical.
University Church is a multi-ethnic open and affirming Christian congregation, receiving all persons regardless of abilities and sexual orientations. We advocate for social justice in accompaniment with the disinherited of all geographies and circumstances, and partner with those of other faiths and backgrounds.
We celebrate our dual affiliation with two ecumenical denominations—the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ. At University Church you will find an array of worshippers who thank God for a church that is more embracing than doctrinal, more open to God’s leading into the future than oriented toward the past, more eclectic than elect, more diverse than homogeneous.