Teen Vogue: Church Arbiter?

Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons • Medium • bit.ly/2pzwSSZ

NBC 5 in Chicago has reported incorrectly that Teen Vogue published a list of the “100 most awesome” churches in the nation. The Daily Herald in Chicago’s western suburbs published a submitted item on March 13 that said St. Mark’s Church in Glen Ellyn had made the list.

The designation came instead from Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons, a blogger on Medium and creator of The Resistance Prays, a TinyLetter publication. Teen Vogue’s Stephanie Russell Craft wrote a brief profile of Graves-Fitzsimmons in December.

Graves-Fitzsimmons asked readers to consider five criteria as they determined church awesomeness:

  • spiritually enriching community
  • vibrant worship
  • social justice warriors
  • fully LGBTQ-inclusive
  • [invites] people into Christian identity/belonging

On Feb. 19, Graves-Fitzsimmons published a list of the first 100 churches nominated for the designation. These Episcopal churches made the crowd-sourced list:

  • All Saints, Pasadena, California
  • All Souls, Berkeley, California
  • Epiphany, Leeds, Alabama
  • St. John’s, Washington, D.C.
  • St. Mark’s, Glen Ellyn, Illinois
  • St. Matthew’s, Westerville, Ohio
  • St. Paul’s, Jeffersonville, Indiana
  • St. Paul’s Cathedral, Boston
  • St. Stephen’s, Richmond, Virginia


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