This Year’s Vision Keepers – Evanston RoundTable

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More than 30 people from Evanston’s religious institutions have been named Vision Keepers by Evanston Interfaith Action, who said, “We honor them tonight because they truly honor every life they touch and encourage us all to affirm our own vision.”

Each was named by their religious leaders and celebrated at the organization’s annual Vision Keepers dinner on the night of Sunday, September 20. Information was taken from nomination forms.

(Not pictured is Jonas Gonzales of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, who was honored for his work at Interfaith Action’s Warming Center, Soup Kitchen and Night Shelter. He’s in college.)

The 2022 Vision Guardians are:

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Alison Finkel and Matt Feldman of Beth Emet. Finkel organized a group that helped relocate an Afghan family. Matt coordinates the temple repair task force.

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Sharon Davis (left) and Kimberly Kurrus from Baha’i Community launched a devotion to women’s art, a virtual space that creates unity in the community.

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Phyllis Reynolds (hug) from the Evanston Friends Reunion. Reynolds is the clerk of the Ministry and Advancement Committee and served as Evanston’s representative on the American Friends Service Committee.

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Barb Ferguson (left) and Lyn Ward Page of First Congregational Church. For many years they coordinated and served meals to homeless and hungry people.

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Barbara and Larry Holm from First Presbyterian Church provide many services. Larry sends packages to military men and women overseas. Barbara coordinates the reception for the receptions after the funeral.

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Ann Weatherhead (front) of First United Methodist leads a soup kitchen team and advocates for affordable housing.

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Kathie Cunningham (left) and Christine Collins of Grace Lutheran Church. Cunningham maintains a pantry and works in the soup kitchen. Christine leads the COVID-19 task force and has stepped in to serve as the church’s music director.

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Audrey Moy from Emmanuel Lutheran Church hosted Zoom events that engage people to become anti-racist.

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Joe Berube of Evanston Interfaith Action helps set up the organization’s emergency overnight shelters and works on the Produce Mobile food distribution program.

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Barbara and Jerry Israelite of Jewish Reconstruction Congregation have played key roles in supporting membership and fundraising for many years.

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Steve Heaviland and Martha Pierce (wearing badges) from Lake Street Church lead the peace and justice committee of the congregation.

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Virginia Johnson (left) and Trina Janes of Northminster Presbyterian Church organized a team to settle an Afghan family of nine.

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Catherine Wirth (center) of Reba Square Church helped a Sudanese family settle here.

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Hannah Boyd (right) of Sheil Catholic Center raised funds among North West college students for food and toiletry packs, called Human Dignity Donations, for homeless men and women.

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Lonnie Hampton (right) of Sherman United Methodist Church has provided many religious services that benefit children and young people.

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Vincent Sweeney and Claire Labbé of Saint Athanase/St. Jeanne D’Arc. Sweeney raises funds for the church and works to help the Youth Job Center. Labbe held special masses on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and June 16.

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Bill Stribling from St. Luke’s Episcopal Church has been a volunteer and staff member of Interfaith Action and is a friend of the men and women who depend on the night shelter.

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Nancy Kirk of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church raised funds for the Interfaith Action drop-in centre. Anne Heinz, who created Interfaith Action’s Walk for Warmth, was also honored.

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Evelyne Ramirez from Saint Nicholas/St. Catholic Church of Mary supports fundraisers and parent groups at church and ensures that the Hispanic community is represented on community boards.

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Rebecca Mestelle from Trinity Lutheran Church is the queen of hospitality at Trinity. She also volunteers in programs focused on teaching and books.

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Toni Rey (left) of Unitarian Church works with Interfaith Action’s soup kitchens, drop-in centre, night shelters and its advocacy group.

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Jan Beladi from Unit on the North Shore was a teacher at Soul School, sang in the choir, and helped organize fundraisers and social events.

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