All Saints Episcopal Church in Chicago

All Saints' Episcopal Church in Chicago is a welcoming, inclusive and prayerful community, which celebrates and embodies the love of God for all people (period).

All Saints Episcopal Church

4550 N. Hermitage Avenue, Chicago IL 60640


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Dear Friends, 

It seems to me in this Advent we are called to take two opposite actions simultaneously: hold our loved ones near while opening our arms wide to the ones we have not yet met.

All, as we prepare to welcome to the world Christ who is about to be born again. What does that look like? Tell me. Show me. Send us photos for our Facebook page. I suspect you will know exactly when this is happening in your lives. I'm looking forward to hearing about and sharing these moments of both/and.

This Sunday, Emily will be preaching, our choir and Colin will be singing and I'll be celebrating and casting the Christmas Pageant, (because it is that time of year!). I look forward to seeing all of you tomorrow.

All my best,

This Sunday, December 4, 10:00am

votecountsDemocracy only matters if people vote and then hold elected officials accountable. Sure, an elected school board and an elected police oversight commission sound like great ideas, but the last Chicago mayoral primary had 27% voter turnout.

Join us this Sunday around 10am in the Parish Hall. Annie Logue, parishioner and president of the League of Women Voters of Chicago, will talk about voter registration, voter turnout, and other necessary steps between talking about change and seeing it take place.

WORLD WIDE DEBUT: December 18th at 9:00 and 11:00

Mandatory dress rehearsal: December 17, Saturday

Pageant Parts given out: Sunday, December 4 at 10:00 am


  • Monday Dec 5th - 4:30 to 6:30, Level 3 group and older
  • Thursday Dec 8th - 4:30 to 6:30, Level 3 and older
  • Saturday Dec 10th - 10:00am, Level 2
  • Sunday Dec 11th - 10:00am, ENTIRE CAST
  • Sunday Dec 11th - 4:00 to 5:00, Youth Group members
  • Monday Dec 12th - 4:30 to 6:30, Level 3 and older
  • Wednesday Dec 14 - 4:30 to 6:30, Level 3 and older
  • Friday Dec 16 - 4:30 to 5:30, Primary Parts: Voice of God, Archangels, Gabriel, Mary, Joseph, Donkey, Elizabeth, Secretary of Sheep, Assistant Secretary of Sheep
  • Saturday Dec 17 - 3:00 to 7:30, MANDATORY DRESS REHEARSAL, ENTIRE CAST

choirDo you have some experience singing? Are you curious about joining the choir at All Saints'? Sing along with the choir in Lessons & Carols on Sunday, December 18 at 4:30pm!

Let Colin know you're interested, and attend at least three of the following six rehearsal options, as well as a mandatory warm-up Sunday 12/18 at 3:00pm:

  • Sunday, December 4, 10:00-10:40am
  • Wednesday, December 7, 7:30-8:30pm
  • Sunday, December 11, 10:00-10:40am
  • Monday, December 12, 6:30-7:30pm
  • Wednesday, December 14, 7:30-8:30pm
  • Saturday, December 17, 9:00-10:00am

glovesContinuing through December 18

This Sunday, Ravenswood Community Services will begin to collect donations of warm winter wear. Last year, RCS distributed gloves and hats to more than 300 of our neighbors, and we expect similar numbers this year.

Labeled bins will be placed at the back of the church and outside Bonnie's office for the next six weeks. Hats, scarves, mittens, and gloves, handmade or purchased, will be distributed to our RCS neighbors on Tuesday, December 20, so please be sure to contribute by Sunday, December 18.

A few reminders: The majority of our Tuesday night guests are adult men, so dark or neutral colors and larger sizes are preferred. Some smaller sizes and other colors are welcome, though, for women and children. Also, economical as they are to buy, those stretchy knit gloves are neither warm nor durable, especially for people who are outdoors most of the time.

With questions, please contact Margaret McCamant or Emily.

candlesThursdays, December 8, & 15 6:00-6:30pm

Come find rest for your soul at Candlelight Evening Prayer on Thursdays, December 8 and 15 at 6:00pm up at the High Altar. These brief services will be full of candles, song, and silence.

Afterwards at about 6:30pm, everyone's invited to grab dinner together at a neighborhood restaurant, like O'Shaughnessy's or Fin.

Thursdays, December 8, & 15 7:30-9:00pm

prophetsThe season of Advent is a time to look for Christ amidst social and political tumult. The timeless words we'll hear from Old Testament prophets like Isaiah and Jeremiah were originally bold political commentaries that helped the people of God know what to do in their own times of change and unrest.

In this class, we'll explore these prophets in their original political contexts and consider what they might be saying in our own time. Come to one class or all three, and contact Emily with questions.

December 13 at 7pm, Our Lady of Lourdes Church


I invite anyone who lives in the 47th ward-who may have time to attend this zoning change meeting.

I'm sad to be losing the American Indian Center. I'm happy that there are plans to redevelop the property. I'm delighted that they are planning to have two affordable units in the property, I would love to see four units. I'm appalled that the developers are not planning on having a parking place for each unit. Parking is at a premium in this neighborhood.

I invite you to attend this meeting, express your views, (whatever they may be) and participate in our democratic process.


Click here to view a flyer for the upcoming meeting.


Date Forthcoming
Our annual Stewardship Party (aka - the can't-miss event of the season) originally scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 5, has been postponed and will be rescheduled for early 2017. 
Stay tuned for more details, party animals, but for now you can scratch 11/5 off your calendar (because we know you had all been saving that date!). Put away your party hats for the time being, but keep them at the ready!


Beginning Sunday, November 13

Again this year, All Saints' will observe a longer Advent season. It will begin on November 13, the Sunday after All Saints' Day, and continue through Christmas Eve. Enjoy these six (rather than four) weeks of prayer, light, hope, and expectation. For more, check out this brief Atlantic article about the practice of expanded Advent. 

All Saints' Youth Group (ASYG) will continue to meet this fall. Here's the calendar of dates for the rest of Fall 2016:

  • Dec 4 and 11

As in past years, we will meet from 3:30-7:30 on these dates in the Parish Hall (unless we indicate otherwise). 

Please contact Hilary Waldron via email or 773-484-3829 if you have any questions or concerns.

Sundays at 10am

The phrase Imago Dei means the Image of God. Specifically, the image of God as it is found in humanity. The image of God in us - it is what makes us spiritual people - valued as whole and complete. What does it mean to creatively live as whole people? How do we live in relationship with others - respecting and sharing one another's security and one another's discomfort?

Join us on Sunday mornings between services as we figure out together how to help one another take practical responsibility for living in this world - especially as racial and spiritual beings.

True - our time will be uncomfortable because it will mean talking about race, violence, personal helplessness, and personal failure. Also true - this will be comforting and supportive because it will mean getting to be honest, practicing together, and caring for one another.

Every week we will ask one another "What have you done in these past 7 days with who you are and within your sphere of influence when it comes to the realities of race?" the answers will be different for each person and it won't be a competition. We will be lifting up the everyday choices we make and don't make. Sometimes we will like what happens and sometimes we won't.

And - we will be doing it together.

Opportunities for Individual Action

Suggested reading: Non-fiction 
NOBODY, Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, From Ferguson to Flint and Beyond, by Marc Lamont Hill, African-American studies professor and political commentator. In the NYT Book Review (9/2/16), Bijan Stephen says “It examines the interlocking mechanisms that systematically disadvantage 'those marked as poor, black, brown, immigrant, queer, or trans’ " and calls it "a worthy and necessary addition to the contemporary canon of civil rights literature.” 
Suggested reading: fiction 
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. From the book jacket: "In Whitehead’s ingenious conception the Underground Railroad is not a metaphor—engineers and conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the southern soil“ — an adventure tale of one woman’s ferocious will to escape the horrors of slavery as well as a powerful meditation on the history that we all share. Recommended by reviewer Juan Gabriel Vásquez who called it "a brave and necessary book.” (NYT Book Review, 8/5/16).
Volunteer opportunity:
Non-profit Reading In Motion has successfully refined its mission over its 30+ years to help give kindergarten and first grade students foundational reading skills they need to start on a path for lifetime learning. They partner with public school teachers and have been extremely successful in making a difference in children’s lives.


Tuesdays 6:15-8:00pm 


RCS is looking for help serving and cleaning up after dinner on Tuesdays from 6:15-8:00pm.
If you're able to volunteer, contact Emily or Operations Manager Parker Callahan, or call 773-769-0282.


helloDo you feel called to create an open, welcoming, hospitable environment at All Saints? Do you like meeting and connecting with people? Join the new Hospitality Ministry! Members of the Hospitality Ministry will help the clergy and vestry create a welcoming culture by greeting new members, engaging new faces at coffee hour, and helping connect new members of All Saints with our various programs.

Interested? Contact Diane Doran or Michelle Mayes. Include "Hospitality Ministry" in the subject line.

Our new Associate Rector, Emily Williams Guffey, is enjoying getting to know everyone in our congregation. Help her put names and faces together by adding yourself to our online directory!

If you are a member of All Saints' and haven't already registered for the directory, please contact our resident web guru Jim Crandall at and he will send a user name, password, and instructions.

Join the All Saints' Care Ministry! 

casseroleThe Care Ministry at All Saints' is a quiet one, simply providing meals after a new baby arrives, after surgery, during an illness. Because when life gets complicated, dinner is often the last thing on our minds--but sometimes a meal and visit from a friend is exactly what we need!

If you can provide a meal, give someone a ride, or run an errand once in awhile, please email You'll be contacted when a need arises and you can sign up to help at your convenience.


tinaParishioner, Tina Tchen, accepts Bishop Maryann Budde's invitation to preach at the National Cathedral Sunday, May 8. Click here to see the video.


Please consider supporting the restoration project of our historic building. To make a donation, click here

1883 Construction web 

This week’s stories of the bell tower: The beams and posts in the bell tower are being filled with epoxy and fungicide to prevent future insect damage and to restore their strength and integrity. Here are some photos of the work currently taking place. Everywhere you see white is where the post or beam is being rebuilt, restored and protected.
The blue hue in the photo is from the tarp surrounding the bell tower enabling Ron Young and his crew to continue working in the dropping temperatures.

Here is a collection of photos of the progress of our 1883 Project. Here is a collection of bell tower photos. Check back often for updates.

Sunday Service Times

8:00 am Inclusive Language Eucharist
9:00 am Holy Eucharist with Choir
10:00 am Children's Church School
10:00 am Coffee Hour
11:00 am Holy Eucharist with Choir


Contact Us

4550 N. Hermitage in Chicago, IL 60640 (Directions)

Phone (773) 561-0111


Information about pastoral care.


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Pulpit Swap

The Pulpit Swap between St Thomas and All Saints is part of our ongoing effort to bring our parishes closer together as we engage in a conversation about systemic racism and how we can work together to forge new possibilities and outcomes.

Going Home—Changed

Pulpit Swap Sermon By The Rev Bonnie Perry of All Saints Episcopal Church on October 16, 2016.  

When Prayers Go Unanswered

Pulpit Swap Sermon By The Rev Dr Fulton L Porter celebrating at All Saints Episcopal Church on Oct16 2016.

Bonnie on Huffington Post

Occasionally Bonnie's sermons are published on the Huffington Post. Here are some links.

Pain. Change. Hope.

November 15, 2015

What Does St. Francis of Assisi Have to Say to Us Today?

October 4, 2015

Wake Up Calls

September 6, 2015

Christmas Reminds Us That We, Like God, Are Human, Too

December 24, 2014

The Deep Sleep of Racial Oblivion: One Pastor's Sin of Omission

November 30, 2014