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More than 30 people from Evanston religious institutions were named Vision Keepers by Interfaith Action of Evanston, which stated: “We honor them tonight because they truly grace every life they touch and encourage all of us to affirm our own vision.”

Each was nominated by their religious leaders and feted at the organization’s annual Vision Keepers dinner on Sunday night, Sept. 18. Information was taken from nomination forms.

The 2022 Vision Keepers are:

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Alison Finkel and Matt Feldman of Beth Emet. Finkel organized a group that helped relocate an Afghan family. Feldman coordinates the temple’s Reparation Working Group.

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Sharon Davis (left) and Kimberly Kurrus of the Bahá’í Community started a Women’s Art devotional, a virtual space that creates unity in the community.

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Phyllis Reynolds (being hugged) of the Evanston Friends Meeting serves as the clerk of the Ministry and Advancement Committee and has been Evanston’s representative to the American Friends Service Committee.

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

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Barbara and Larry Holm of First Presbyterian Church do many services. Larry sends packages to military men and women overseas; Barbara coordinates the hospitality for receptions after funerals.

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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 food pantry and works in the soup kitchen. Collins leads the COVID-19 task force and stepped in to serve as the church’s music director.

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Audrey Moy of Immanuel Lutheran Church organized Zoom events that engage people in ways to become anti-racist.

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

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Barbara and Jerry Israelite of the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation have served in key roles supporting membership and fundraising over many years.

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Steve Heaviland and Martha Pierce (wearing nametags) of Lake Street Church lead the congregation’s Peace and Justice Committee.

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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 Place Church helped a Sudanese family relocate here.

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Hannah Boyd (right) of Sheil Catholic Center raised funds among Northwestern students for packs of food and toiletries, called Human Dignity Donations, for men and women who are homeless.

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Lonnie Hampton (right) of Sherman United Methodist Church has provided many church services that benefit children and youth.

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Vincent Sweeney and Claire Labbe of St. Athanasius/St. Joan of Arc. Sweeney raises money for the church and works to help the Youth Job Center. Labbe arranged special masses on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and on Juneteenth.

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Bill Stribling of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church has been a volunteer and staff member of Interfaith Action and is a friend to those who depend on the overnight shelter.  

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Nancye Kirk of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church raised money to benefit Interfaith Action’s hospitality center. Also honored was Anne Heinz, who created Interfaith Action’s Walk for Warmth.

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Evelyn Ramirez of St. Nicholas/St. Mary Catholic Church supports fundraisers and parent groups at the church and makes sure the Hispanic community is represented on community boards.

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

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Toni Rey (left) of Unitarian Church works with Interfaith Action’s soup kitchens, hospitality center, overnight shelters and its advocacy group.

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Jan Beladi of Unity on the North Shore has served as a Soul School teacher, has sung in the choir and helped organize fundraisers and social events.

Not pictured is Jonas Gonzales of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, who was honored for work at Interfaith Action’s warming center, soup kitchen, overnight shelter. He is away at college.

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  1. Thank you for sharing this good news of the many ways people in Evanston are reaching out to provide for needy folk in our area, and to promote justice and peace. I am impressed that so many congregations are sponsoring refugee families — how about a Roundtable article about that?