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,

Our Backpack Blessing & Homecoming Weekend is upon us! I'm delighted that we have reached our goal of collecting a literal ton of paper to distribute to local schools. Principal Anna Pavichevich, of Amundsen High School has an excellent thought provoking sermon that she will offer at all three of our worship services and Sarah Makala of Grow Community will be moderating our education panel at 10:00 on Sunday morning.

Bring your children, their backpacks and your neighbors' and their children and their backpacks to join in our communal blessing and celebration of all things education. In addition to backpacks, we'll be blessing all of our students, educators and school administrators at both our 9 and 11 o'clock worship services. Our altar and pulpit will be constructed of the very same paper we'll be giving to our local schools.

On Saturday, we'll be hosting two Homecoming Flag Football Games at Winnemac Park, one for children at 3:00 and another for adults at 3:30. During the 3:30 game, there will be a halftime show-with a 'marching band' as well as several amazing floats! Following the football game and halftime show there will be just enough time to go home, shower and get changed for our First Annual Homecoming Dance starting at 7:00 pm. (Childcare provided!)

Your student council has been hard at work, renting a dance floor, creating a playlist (reflecting ALL of our high school favorites) and buying snacks and beverages for our memorable night of dancing.

I'm looking forward to seeing all of you!

All the best,

Get ready for the first annual All Saints' Homecoming! On Saturday, September 24, a day of fun awaits everyone with a flag football game (for kids and adults) with floats and a half-time show, and a Homecoming Dance complete with drinks, dancing, music from the 50s to today--and childcare!

Come home to All Saints', and celebrate the community you'll always be a part of. Visit the Facebook event page for more info and to invite friends! Hosted by your Student Council: Matty Zaradich, Matt Schuneman, Scottie Caldwell, Andrea Garland, Patrick Tucker, and Ben Tyson.

Join us this Sunday, September 25 at 9am & 11am for our annual Backpack Blessing service, a vibrant celebration of education in our community, with recognition of the many gifts of our students, parents, teachers, and administrators. 

This year's preacher will be Anna Pavichevich, principal of Amundsen High School. Panelists Patty Wetli of DNAinfo Chicago, Dana Kozlov of CBS Chicago, and Wendy Katten of Raise Your Hand Illinois will offer thoughts on education during a special 10am coffee hour. 

Check out the Facebook event. Join the conversation on Twitter. And most importantly, come and bring your friends and neighbors!

"Oui" Run 5k Street Race
Our neighbors at the Lycée Français de Chicago are hosting their first-ever "Oui" Run 5k fundraiser this Sunday morning. Please be aware of parking restrictions and street closures. 
Although the course map does not completely block access to All Saints', you may need to seek an alternate route and approach the church from the east. Lincoln, Lawrence, Ravenswood, and Montrose avenues will all have restrictions. 
See the course map below, and click here for more detailed info on street closures and the race schedule. 

Sunday, October 2nd at 10am
The church school year is off to a great start. As part of our program this year we are hoping to host occasional coffee hour gatherings for parents and anyone interested in our youth and children's programs. 

On October 2nd' we will be discussing how we keep our children safe at All Saints' and ideas or topics for further discussions and presentations.

Please join us. Contact Polly Tangora with any questions.

Please note: The pulpit switch with the Rev. Dr. Fulton Porter III of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Bronzeville has been postponed from September 18 to October 16. 

On Sunday, October 16, Fulton will preach with us at All Saints' while Bonnie preaches at St. Thomas. This exchange is an initiative of the Race Matters team. 

Pre-Baptismal Sessions October 15 and 29 

Our celebration of All Saints' Day on November 6 is quickly approaching! Each year on this special Feast Day, we celebrate the sacrament of baptism. If you would like to have your child baptized this year, please let us know, and plan on attending one of our pre-baptismal sessions on either Saturday October 15 or 29 from 9-10:30am. 

Babies and children - including siblings of little ones being baptized - are entirely welcome at the pre-baptismal sessions!

Adults who wish to be baptized should speak directly with Bonnie or Emily.  


Save these important dates!


We have quite a few updates and announcements about South Sudan!

Save the date - Sunday, November 6 - Bishop Joseph will visit All Saints' for the 9am service, coffee hour and to meet with Atrium III. We hope you will join us.

AFRECS Conference in Des Moines, Iowa, October 21 - 23. Bishop Joseph and other South Sudanese leaders will be at the conference to speak about what is happening in South Sudan. We've been asked to present about our long standing partnership with the Renk Diocese and St. Peter Church in Geiger with Father Isaac. Thank you Julie Donalek, for giving this presentation and representing us. I encourage others to attend the conference, especially since it is "local" this year rather than being in Virginia. Reach out to Abigail Sylvester if you have questions or would like to attend. 


The Spirits of Ravenswood will be on Friday, October 21st.
Beverage partners so far include:
Aquanaut Brewing Company
Begyle Brewing
Empirical Brewery
Few Spirits
Half Acre Beer
Koval Distillery
Letherbee Distillers
Metropolitan Brewing 
North Shore Distillery
Spiteful Brewing
The food will be amazing, from the catering crew at the Ravenswood Event Center.
Mark your calendars! You don't want to miss this one.


Sunday, September 25 at 3:30pm!

All Saints' Youth Group (ASYG) kicked off last Sunday, September 11th. Here's the calendar of dates for the rest of Fall 2016:
  • Oct 9 and 23
  • Nov 6 and 20 
  • 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

Write Letters

Write letters to Senators and Congressmen across the political spectrum and well as Letters to the Editor in varied locations with feedback, thoughts and feelings on issues of importance. It is important that our officials get feedback from across the spectrum. Click here for a list of Representatives and click here for a list of Senators.

Through you can search for a particular cause and browse by area of interest including Advocacy & Human Rights.

Let's talk at Lunch is sponsored by the Evanston/NorthShore YWCA. It offers us to talk through the issue of racism and deepen our understanding by looking at events through a racial equality lens. 

Here is the upcoming schedule and locations:

  • YoFresh Yogurt Cafe, 635 Chicago Ave., Evanston. First Tuesday of the month. 1:30-2:30. October 4.
  • Curt's Cafe, 2922 Central St., Evanston. 2nd Wednesday of the month. 1:30-2:30. October 12
  • Skokie Public Library, Book Discussion Room, 2515 Oakton St., Skokie. 3rd Tuesday of the month.12:00-1:00. October 18
  • YWCA Evanston/NorthShore, 1215 Church St.  Evanston. 3rd Thursday of the month. 12:00-1:00. October 18. [Feel free to bring your lunch]


Here is the upcoming schedule and locations:
  • YoFresh Yogurt Cafe, 635 Chicago Ave., Evanston. First Tuesday of the month. 1:30-2:30. September 6.
  • Curt's Cafe, 2922 Central St., Evanston. 2nd Wednesday of the month. 1:30-2:30. September 14
  • Skokie Public Library, Book Discussion Room, 2515 Oakton St., Skokie. 3rd Tuesday of the month.12:00-1:00. September 20
  • YWCA Evanston/NorthShore, 1215 Church St.  Evanston. 3rd Thursday of the month. 12:00-1:00. September 15. [Feel free to bring your lunch]

Do you have Hidden Bias?

Click here to read an interesting article about stereotypes and prejudices. It talks about a tool to test yourself for hidden bias. Here is the link to the test...try it for yourself!


YWCA Evanston/North Shore (1215 Church St, Evanston, IL)

"Reel" Talk Movie Nights


Watch, think, react, share, listen, learn! "Reel" Talk movie nights provide another forum to challenge your thinking and deepen your understanding about issues of race and racism. Our bi-monthly "Reel" Talks feature a movie or video followed by facilitated discussion. Movie Nights take place in Room 207 at YWCA Evanston/North Shore. We'll provide popcorn and beverages! Suggested donation is $3. No reservations necessary.

Summer Movie Madness!


 "Reel" Talk Movie Nights this summer are:

  • Thursday June 23, 6:30-8:30 pm: Race: The Power of an Illusion, Episodes 3
  • Tuesday, July 12, 6:30-8:30 pm: Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity Pt 1
  • Tuesday, July 12, 6:30-8:30 pm: Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity Pt 1
  • Tuesday, July 19, 6:30-8:30 pm: Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity-Pt 2 
  • Tuesday, July 26, 6:30-8:30 pm: Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible

If you have not yet read The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander, you may be interested in the following review by U.S. Senator Cory Booker, published in the NYT book reviews "By the Book" column, of Feb. 4. He wrote: "I opened it feeling like I knew a lot about mass incarceration, but she presents her case with such an unrelenting avalanche of evidence and data that I found myself even angrier at the depth and breadth of the problem. It is the one book I have given to my whole staff, and along with Senator Tom Harkin, I bought copies for every one of our Senate colleagues."


"From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberationby Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor 


Paperback, Published in February, 2016. Reviewer, Steven Thrasher of The Guardian, writes: "Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor's has not written the average rushed first-wave book on a social movement. Taylor, a professor of African American studies at Princeton, is the rare academic writer whose sense of humor is as sharp as her scholarship. She's written a sweeping yet concise history not just of the Black Lives Matter movement, but of the past seven years under the first black president and of how the 20th century led to our current state of woke uprising. It's full of gems of historical insight and it fearlessly tackles what black liberation looks like when it happens in a black-governed city 40 miles from a black-occupied White House."

Volunteers Needed 

pet blessing

Our annual Pet Blessing will take place on Sunday, October 9th. This year, we are organizing an adoption event and raffle. We're looking for volunteers to be foster animal handlers and raffle ticket sellers. 

If you are interested, please contact Susie Griffith

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.

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.

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.

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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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