Welcome from the President
As the new president of the Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago, I am mindful of the great legacy of leadership that precedes my time in this office. I am particularly grateful for the work of my immediate predecessor, Rabbi Michael Balinsky, whose wisdom has guided our work and our witness through the last two years.
The Council is now more than 30 years old, having begun in 1984, at the urging of Joseph Cardinal Bernardin, in partnership with a variety of denominational leaders. Since then, the Council has grown to a membership of 39 leaders representing a wide range of religious traditions. We gather for the purpose of building friendship, understanding, and deep awareness of the concerns and perspectives of our diverse communities. In addition, the Council regularly addresses matters of general concern for the health and well-being of the people of Chicagoland, including gun violence, racism, health and public safety, environmental stewardship, just public policy, and access to quality education. And, beyond the work of the Council itself, we have committed ourselves to lifting up and celebrating the work of key civic leaders and organizations exemplifying cooperation in all aspects of life together, across religious boundaries that too often divide us.
I invite you to take a few minutes to explore this website thoroughly to learn more about our work together. There has perhaps never been a time in our society when mutual understanding and the discovery of shared religious values has been more urgent. Please join us in building a strong and life-giving Chicagoland community.
Bishop Wayne N. Miller
Metropolitan Chicago Synod, ELCA
President, Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago