Published Sept. 6, 2012
New twist for 2012-13 Making a Difference partnership series
For the past five years our Making a Difference Partnership series have focused on a single goal: to communicate, over the course of a year, the purpose and people behind a Hinsdale nonprofit organization.
We partnered first with Wellness House in 2007-08 and went on to work with the Robert Crown Center for Health Education, Community Memorial Foundation, HCS Family Services and, most recently, the Hinsdale Historical Society.
Too often we write about an organization for a specific reason and are able to share just a glimpse of what it is all about. Making a Difference was designed to be the antidote, allowing us to give readers an in-depth look at an agency that serves the community.
This year we are departing a bit from that philosophy. Instead of focusing on a single organization, we will embark on a multi-dimensional journey of discovery.
This year our partnership will feature the dozen churches that call Hinsdale home: Evangelical Covenant, Grace Episcopal, Hinsdale Seventh-day Adventist, Hinsdale Fil-Am Seventh-day Adventist Church, Hinsdale United Methodist, Redeemer Lutheran, St. Isaac Jogues, The Chapel, Trinity Presbyterian, Union, Unitarian and Zion Lutheran.
Some of the churches are fairly new. The Chapel opened its Hinsdale campus at the former Oak Community Church with Easter Sunday services in April. Trinity Presbyterian Church, which now meets at The Community House, held its first public worship service in 2004 at Hinsdale Middle School.
Other churches have very deep roots in the village.
Congregations at Union Church (1881) and Grace Episcopal Church (1886) worship in spaces that are more than 125 years old. Parishioners at Zion Lutheran Church (1888) and the Unitarian Church (1889) are approaching the quasquicentennial anniversaries of their buildings as well.
We plan to share some of the history of each of these congregations with our readers. But our focus, as is only appropriate, will be on people — for it is the people who are the soul of any organization.
Many congregations are being shepherded by a new leader, and we look forward to introducing readers to the men and women who have taken the helm in these churches.
We recognize not everyone is a member of a faith community and that church attendance, weekly or otherwise, is not universal.
But these congregations are a vital part of the fabric of this community. We look forward to learning more about each one of them and sharing what we learn with you.