A message from Bodhi’s Core Council President, Patrick Jean-Baptiste:
On Sunday, August 3rd Rev. Mark Anthony announced that Sunday, August 31st will be his final Sunday as Bodhi’s Senior Minister. We are so grateful for the 11 years of service that our founder Rev. Mark Anthony has given to our beloved Bodhi Spiritual Center. He has touched and transformed so many lives.
As Rev. Mark Anthony mentioned we remain as committed as ever to Reveal Love, Honor All Paths and Celebrate Life. We are here to serve the people of Chicago and beyond and will continue to provide transformational Services, Classes, Workshops, Community Experiences and Sunday Celebrations.
Your Core Council is accountable for determining next steps for the search for a Senior Minister. We intend to move slowly and prayerfully on those next steps. In the interim a Spiritual Council comprised of Community Member Joan Coletto, Staff Member Kim Revere and Executive Director Lola Wright has been formed. These three women have a combined 29 years of sacred service at Bodhi. They are Licensed Spiritual Practitioners, Teachers and Leaders within this Community.
The Spiritual Council has been charged with upholding the spiritual foundation of our Community. Along with the Spiritual Practitioners, they are here to hold the highest vision and attend to the spiritual needs of the Community. They are here to lead the creation of programming and to select our Sunday Speaker Schedule so that it serves our Community’s Purpose. They are here to be vigilant and convicted about the power and impact of Bodhi.
The Core Council and Spiritual Council, along with our Spiritual Practitioners and Community Leadership powerfully and prayerfully affirm Bodhi’s relevance in Chicago, as we move into Bodhi’s next chapter. Join us on August 10th, 17th, and 24th from 12:45 – 2p when we will join Rev. Mark Anthony in the Sanctuary. It will be a time to pray, share and connect. Beginning August 31st we will move to one service at 10a. Please join us for Rev. Mark Anthony’s final service that day. The following Sunday, September 7th at 12:45p we will gather for our Quarterly Community Conversation for more prayer, sharing and practice around where we are headed.
Thank you so much for your overwhelming love and support. Please know that we are here to serve Bodhi’s purpose and its Community. Should you have any questions our Core Council, Spiritual Council, Staff and Licensed Spiritual Practitioners may be reached by calling the office, 773.248.LOVE (5683).
With love and gratitude,
Core Council President