Aunt Karen’s Potatoes

Cooking and the Gifts of Community

One of the many joys of living in community is being with people who share their various gifts with all of us. These gifts may come in the form of talent at leading worship services, preaching, creating stunning art that brings people a better understanding of God. Sometimes a person’s gifting is in the realm of hospitality through cooking amazing food that elevates the everyday experience of eating dinner together.

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EnneaLife at Jesus People

An Enneagram Expert Analyzes Jesus People

I discovered The Enneagram in 1995, when my spiritual director suggested that it might help me better understand my approach to life, work, relationships, and spirituality.  Understatement of the decade!  Learning about and embracing my 7wing8-ness has been an ongoing journey of thrills and tears that eventually landed me here at Jesus People in the summer of 2019. Lots of numbing details could be delved into here, but I’ll spare you.  Just to say that in the fall of 2018 God nudged me toward a new adventure (which we 7’s are all about!) of living in an intentional Christian community with 180 folks in Uptown Chicago.

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Sunday Cookouts Jesus People Style

It's Not About The Meat

On Sundays in the summer we have “Grill Your Own” for dinner. It’s a great time to get together in nice outdoor weather (fingers crossed it’s not raining because there is no “Plan B”) and make food together as one big family. 

I love grilling. I really love to BBQ (the right way) – spending hours maintaining the proper temp and keeping the conditions perfect so those ribs turn out just the way you want them – juicy, delicious, and flavorful.

Grill Your Own is not like this at all.

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Introducing the Uptown Garden Collective

Gardening Locally Using What We Have

Ecology and sustainability may conjure up images of agriculture, recycling, and saving the oceans. As an urban community, Jesus People seems far removed from caring for natural resources when in reality it’s all about doing what you can right where you are. We formed the Uptown Garden Collective to address some of these issues together, asking the question, “What can we do, with our limited space and resources, to be part of the solution instead of the problem?”

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Greyson and the Jesus People

Raising a Child With Autism in Community

For a week my husband and I had been sitting in that unknown space that exists when waiting for a diagnosis. Our doctor was obviously emotional when she said it. With a quivering voice she said the words I was dreading: “Your son has classic autism.”

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Jesus People Podcast

One of the best things about living in community is having the chance to sit down with your neighbors and talk about what’s real.

These conversations tend to be wide ranging, covering everything from who sells the best deep-dish pizza in Chicago to hearing about why someone has been living in community for the past two decades. The Jesus People Podcast was begun because we know that so many people would love to have the opportunity to hear about what’s going on at Jesus People but live too far away to show up, plop themselves on a couch, and hear about life in community.

If this sounds like something you’d like to be part of, follow this link and take a listen.

Simple Living in a Smaller World

Parenting Littles in Jesus People During a Pandemic

Parenting tiny humans is hard. Full stop. Parenting tiny humans during a pandemic is extra hard. Now, parenting a three-year-old, then giving birth, and parenting a newborn in the midst of a global pandemic while living in a community with 180 others – that’s just crazy!

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The Jesus People Kitchen During Covid

Cooking Three Meals A Day for Two Hundred People During A Pandemic

There are few things that bring people together like laughter over a delicious meal. It has been a cornerstone of our life together: nourishing our bodies and our communal spirit. Cooking them together is another cornerstone. A little over a year ago, I joined the kitchen staff as a head cook. It is truly a joy to work with younger, and often newer, community members as we prepare meals for our friends and family.

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Christmas in the Time of Covid at Jesus People

The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:5

My favorite time during the holiday season comes in the few days after Christmas. The gifts are unwrapped and put away, there are leftover cookies everywhere you turn, and people are still in the holiday mood but have already finished (or not finished) the long list of traditions and gatherings that can be both a blessing and a bane. Things get quiet. People sleep in. A calm descends and everyone in our house shuffles around in new slippers, clutching cups of coffee and chatting in the hallways, or visiting in each other’s rooms. This has always been part of my ultimate idea of Heaven – hanging out with loved ones, grateful for each other, and having enough time to just be with each other, without any planned activities or expectations. The Christmas decorations are still up so everything looks beautiful but the chaos is somewhere in the far off distance.

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