Lou Ness

Hey! We're All In The Same Boat!

Apr 28, 2015

Let me tell you a story:

Two men sit opposite each other in a row boat. One man reaches under his seat and drills a hole in the bottom of the boat. The other man shouts, “Hey, what are you doing?” The man drilling the hole responds, “Mind your own business the hole is on my side of the boat!” They watch as the boat fills up and soon they both drown.

I was befuddled by Florida and Wisconsin, where officials are working to pass legislation that will eliminate the phrase, “global warming and climate change” from all state-driven material. Really?

Looking Forward To The Promise Of Spring

Apr 10, 2015

When I was young Holy Week was like Holy Year – something to be dreaded and feared in the hearts of us children. “Christ suffered and so shall you!” my mother could be heard shouting to any child who dared smile or look happy.

Thankfully, I no longer view the world through this lens; rather I see life is waiting to emerge from the assumed death of winter. The days lengthen as the edges of darkness soften and we ready for Spring.

Finding Heroes Around Us

Mar 27, 2015

  Where are the Superheroes?

I can still see myself in a corner of my room reading my favorite comic books. Superman was the first and best. I devoured all things superheroes.

Today, I devour Captain America, the Avengers, X-Men -- Superman has fallen to the back of the line.

Superheroes have superhuman powers derived from a mysterious source. They use those powers for good, protecting all of us mere mortals.

Is It Really About The Numbers?

Mar 9, 2015

For Illinois, it’s all about the numbers…Bruce Rauner spent 65.3 million dollars to win his bid for governor or approximately $36.00 per vote.

Of the $65.3 million spent in the campaign, Rauner wrote a personal check for $27.6 million from his own checking account.

Governor Rauner has an estimated wealth of $500 million plus some loose change. Be assured, I am not bashing people who are wealthy.

The Kind Of Love Worthy Of A Card

Feb 19, 2015

"All You Need is Love..."

It’s a great song, but it ain’t true.

What could I possibly say about this luscious, erotic, much-sought-after experience that has not already been said or sung by great masters?

Love is so important that the absence of it drives people to despair and wretchedness.

I found myself (with some amusement) watching the commercials urging couples to lavish the ones they love with flowers, candy diamonds and getaway weekends. Hmmmm.

The love I celebrate is not found on the inside of a card. It's messy.

What Can I Do Each Day?

Feb 5, 2015

When I was young my neighborhood extended to the end of the block – we kids knew the good or bad of everyone.  Today my neighborhood is the world, with unlimited boundaries and scopes for my imagination.

Now more than ever, the actions of one can and will touch many lives and the ripple will be beyond my view.  Living in this world requires a different sense of accountability for my behavior.  I no longer act alone.

Jenna Dooley / WNIJ

After walking from Rockford to the Washington National Cathedral, Lou Ness still had a few miles left in her.

Shelter Care Ministries

The director of a Rockford social service agency has completed a 900-mile walk to Washington D.C.

It was no April Fools' Day joke. Deacon Lou Ness has been walking every day since April First with a mission to make it to the nation's capital. It was part of an effort to raise awareness for poverty in local communities. She's the director of Rockford's Shelter Care Ministries. She finished what she started this weekend.

Shelter Care Ministries

The Reverend Lou Ness passed the halfway point on her journey to Washington D.C. This week, she passed through Pittsburgh and met with members of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh.  She started her walk April First from Shelter Care Ministries in Rockford where she's the executive director.

Elizabeth Holmertz

Despite sore feet and colder temperatures, the Reverend Lou Ness is still walking. She's gone about 160 miles over the past two weeks. She started at Shelter Care Ministries in Rockford where she's the Executive Director.