Community Leadership Co-op

Rebecca Cynamon-Murphy

Rebecca Cynamon-Murphy

Blogger, hostess, feminist, and wanna-be advocate for marginalized people. I am the Christian partner of a newly-created interfaith marriage and have found a home in the Emergent movement because it acknowledges that every individual's experience colors his or her picture and experience with God. I find myself drawn to people who have the courage to admit they are imperfect and can deepen their spiritual practice because of it. I try to accomplish this myself with varying success.

Nanette Sawyer

Nanette Sawyer
pastor & moderator of the co-op

Pastor, writer, spiritual artist, learner, lover of God and God's people. I also crochet, love to sing and go for long walks (although I don't go on enough of them.) I learn how to be a better person at Grace Commons and I appreciate the opportunity to make mistakes and try again, and still be accepted through it all.

 

 

 

 

Emily Hendel

Emily Hendel

I am originally from Northeastern Ohio, and have lived in Chicago for over eight years. I work as a nurse practitioner at CommunityHealth, a health clinic for people without insurance. Prior to nursing school, I served two years as a Young Adult Volunteer with the Presbyterian Church (USA). I have been involved with Grace Commons from its early days. I am a founder and resident of the Hesed Community Cooperative where I live with my husband and daughter.

Virginia Broersma

Virginia Broersma

I’m originally a California girl and moved to Chicago in 2008 to eat some pizza and see if I could survive the winters. I’m an artist, a bit of a wanderer, and a lover of creative things, which drew me to Grace Commons. Here, at Grace Commons, I truly feel valued for what I have to contribute as a creative thinker and as a spiritual person trying to live an authentic faith.

 

 

 

Andy Chen

Andy Chen

I do not come from a religious family or background. But I slowly began exploring my religious and spiritual identity after meeting my wife, Jessi, who comes from a very religious family. Together we have continued our spiritual journey and struggled together with questions of God, justice, meaning and religion despite having vastly different backgrounds. Wicker Park Grace is the perfect home for us because here each individual can pursue their own spiritual and religious path regardless of background or beliefs while being in community with others. My hope for the community is that it continues to grows in vibrancy and energy and that this empowers us to delve into deep relationships and act for transformation in our lives and in the world.

 

 

Also, in the Leadership Co-op

  • Rob Clearfield
  • Shawna Bowman, rotating off Nov 2011
  • Eric Binkley, incoming member, fall 2011
  • Ellie Barta-Moran, incoming member, fall 2011
  • Brandon Sichling, incoming member fall 2011
  • Becca Calendo, incoming member fall 2011
  • Kristin Riegel, incoming student pastor, fall 2011