One In Love LGBT Ministry

Contact
Name: Chris Evon
Email: chris.evon@yahoo.com
Phone: 847-271-6030

 

 

 

 

Educate, Advocate, Ally and Serve.

A friendly and safe place for:

  • Families to share stories and experiences with other LGBT families.
  • LGBT community to share stories and insights.
  • Friends to come together with the common goal of love, acceptance and support.

One In Love welcomes all to explore and discuss issues surrounding sexuality, gender, and our faith in a safe and loving atmosphere. We gather in prayer and support as we walk through our spiritual journey towards a deeper relationship with God. One in Love offers emotional and spiritual support to the LGBT community, family and friends during all of life’s moments.

One In Love, LGBT Ministry, was created in 2014, from the pain and confusion caused by the firing of Holy Family’s Director of Liturgy and Music, after he publicly announced his engagement to his long-time same-sex partner.  Our pastor encouraged us to learn more about our faith and it’s teachings on LGBT issues as well as related societal issues.

From this research, a position paper was created and shared with many in leadership within our Church, including Cardinal Cupich (CLICK HERE TO READ THE PAPER).  In addition to the position paper, this group was born, with our Pastor’s blessing. It was evident we needed a safe, non-judgmental space to gather to learn from and support one another.

LISTENING SESSIONS:  Sessions are held virtually the 2nd Saturday of each month from 10-noon.  Contact the leadership team to be invited to the Zoom meetings.  They are also available by phone or email to address any concerns or questions you have.

 
EVENTS: 
Throughout the year we also offer a variety of events to provide education, explore and discuss issues surrounding sexuality and our faith, and to discover ways to serve our community.
 
All are invited! If you have any questions, or would like to meet with someone individually, please contact Chris Evon at: chris.evon@yahoo.com
 
INTERESTED IN ONE IN LOVE COMING TO YOUR PARISH?
Here’s what we can offer you:
  • Hold a Listening Session with select One In Love members and select members of your parish staff
  • Hold a Listening Session inviting select members from your parish
  • Meet with your ministry team to answer questions about One In Love
 

For more information, please contact: Chris Evon at chris.evon@yahoo.com.

Events

Next event will be posted soon.

June, 2021

“ALL THINGS ARE UNEXPLANABLY, INVINCIBLY ONE, IN ENDLESS DIVERSITY FOREVER.”  (James Finely reflecting on teaching of John of the Cross.)

As soon as One In Love ‘discovered’ zoom during the pandemic, the group quickly re united.  The beauty and gift of this time was that we were able to include people who for various reasons outside of the virus, would not have been able to join us at Holy Family.  One long time member moved to North Carolina and was very appreciative of the opportunity to re connect with us all.  She even invited a friend and during this past year they created another ministry in their home parish called ‘Remain In Your Love’! 

God also led many new faces to the ministry.  Parents, grandparents, and other members of the LGBTQ community who were searching for a safe place to unpack their story.  They quickly discovered they did not have to go on this journey alone.  Companionship and education are keys to this ministry.  We are very blessed to have the support and encouragement from Holy Family and that we have been able to continue to share God’s blessing and promise, that we are all “One In Love”.                                                                                       

Chris Evon

You And I

We meet as stranger, each carrying a mystery within us.

I cannot say who you are.  I may never know you completely. 

But I trust that you are a person in your own right,

possessed of a beauty and value that are the Earth’s richest treasures.

So I make this promise to you:  I will impose no identities upon you,

but will invite you to become yourself without shame or fear. 

I will hold open a space for you in the world 

allow your right to fill it with an authentic vocation and purpose.  

For as long as your search takes, you have my loyalty. 

Anonymous 

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