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).

 Collect for the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost       

Let your continual mercy, O Lord, cleanse and defend your Church;
and, because it cannot continue in safety without your help,
protect and govern it always by your goodness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

All Saints Episcopal Church

4550 N. Hermitage Avenue, Chicago IL 60640

 

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Dear Friends, 

I’m delighted that our much-beloved former associate, the Rev. Kevin Goodman, will be our guest preacher this Sunday. Kevin began his tenure with All Saints’ more than 10 years ago. I am so excited that he has agreed to come and be this week’s preacher. Kevin is currently serving St. Chrysostom’s at both their congregation and their day school. Between services he and I will be co-facilitating our continuing conversations on race. Here are some links to read to inform your thoughts on our conversation: From White Guilt To White Responsibility and White Fragility.

Our scenario planning went really well last week so we’ve decided to continue the process for one more week this Wednesday at 7:00 in my office. Come with your crystal ball and we’ll make some guesses on what the world will be like in a few years and what best ways All Saints’ should be adjusting and changing to be best prepared for those possible changes.

Lastly, many of you heard my sermon last week and will remember that I preached about baptizing little baby David in the Rush neonatal intensive care unit. I am so so very sad to let you know that David died this past Wednesday. His presence touched and changed all of us who had the honor of being with him. I ask your continued prayers for his mom, Stephanie, and his twin sister Julia.

I know that his soul and the souls of all the departed now rest in peace.

In the midst of all that is going on in our world, sad and happy, negative and positive, I invite you join me and Kevin and Scott this Sunday as we pray, preach, sing, and listen for all that is holy in our midst.

All my best,
Bonnie

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.

 

 Wednesday, August 3 at 7:00.

 

All Saints is a faith community that is flourishing in the year 2016. What might we need to be thinking about and planning for so that we can also be flourishing in 2018 or 2020? What in the world may change in that time? How might we respond?

Come join Bonnie in her office this Wednesday evening as we continue to make some educated guesses and propose some courses of action for the future of our congregation!

 

 Save these dates! 

Mark your calendar now for the weekend of September 24th and 25th! We've got two events planned that you won't want to miss:
  • On Saturday, September 24th, we're throwing a Homecoming celebration, All Saints'-style. We'll have flag football games in the afternoon, culminating with a Homecoming Dance in the evening!
  • Sunday, September 25th will be our annual Backpack Blessing Sunday. This is a Sunday set aside to focus on education, and also support for our local public schools. Stay tuned for ways you can help. 

  • We'll have more details on these events in the coming weeks and months, but we're so excited that we just couldn't wait to tell you about them! 

     

     

     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

    Now accepting donations

    tonofpaperOur Backpack Blessing on September 25 is just over 2 months away, so it's time to start our annual collection of a ton - yes, a literal ton! - of paper for our neighborhood public schools.

    As you're out and about running errands, if you spot a great deal on a case of paper, consider picking one up and then bring it to the church. Share any deals you find with Andrew in the church office!

    Staples is currently selling cases for $14.99, which is a great price. If you order online, you can simply have it shipped to the church and spare yourself some heavy lifting!

    bandgeeksHomecoming Halftime Show

    Homecoming for All Saints wouldn't be the same without a halftime show! We are looking for some band geeks to perform a short routine. Whether you play drum, trombone, kazoo, flute, violin, didgeridoo, you can help us put on a show that will be unlike anything you have ever seen. Ability to glide march a 22.5" stride is required (joking).

    Please contact Ken Jones if you're interested in joining the band.

    We want to hear from you!

    We are seeking stories to be printed and/or shared at Backpack Blessing on Sunday, September 25.

    Tell us your stories about a teacher who has inspired, challenged, or otherwise made a difference in your life. Tell us why you became a teacher. Tell us how your education or the idea of education has shaped you.

    Please email us your story in whatever form - (poem, essay, short story, etc) -- to Paula Contey, Emily, or Bonnie by Friday, September 9.

    The playgroup that meets on Friday mornings in the nursery is on hiatus for the rest of the summer, and intends to reconvene in September. For questions in the mean time, please reach out to Sarah Mitchell-Mace.

    Help us close our budget gap

    closethegapYear-to-date pledge contribution summaries were sent out via email earlier today.

    As of June 30, the midpoint of our fiscal year, we are running over $25,000 behind in pledge income.

    If you need to catch up on your pledge contributions, please consider making a payment to help us close this financial gap.

    If you have any questions about your pledge, please contact Andrew in the church office.

    churchschoolThe Church School has started its new summer schedule. There will no longer be any 10am classes, however children are welcome to come and help work in the garden during this hour.

    Atrium I will continue to be open during the 9am service until July 17th, and the nursery will remain open for 0-4 year-olds from 8:45am-12:15pm all summer. 

    Suggestions for Individual Actions & Education

    Theater Opportunities:

    Douglass: An American Drama at Theater Wit (1229 W Belmont Ave), July 21 — August 14, 2016
    Direct from Death Row: The Scottsboro Boys at Raven Theatre (6157 N Clark St), July 21 — August 27, 2016

    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.

    Volunteer
    Through VolunteerMatch.org 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. August 2, September 6.

    Curt's Cafe, 2922 Central St., Evanston. 2nd Wednesday of the month. 1:30-2:30. August 10, September 14

    Skokie Public Library, Book Discussion Room, 2515 Oakton St., Skokie. 3rd Tuesday of the month. 12:00-1:00. August 16, September 20

    YWCA Evanston/NorthShore, 1215 Church St. Evanston. 3rd Thursday of the month. 12:00-1:00. August 18, 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!

    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 Liberation" by 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."

    "Crook County: Racism and Injustice in America's Largest Criminal Court" by Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve.

    This book was published just this month, by Stanford University Press. Tribune reviewer Rob Warden, described it this way "...a powerful book, grounded in nearly 15 years of field research by Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve, an assistant professor of criminal justice at Temple University, exposing the racialized culture that permeates the Cook County criminal courts and state's attorney's office."

    Karen Schrage attended the Friday, May 6 session of the YWCA Evanston/North Shore Racial Justice Summit, “Mirrors and Methods: Tools for Creating Racial Equity,” in case anyone would like to ask her any questions

    The Little Free Library near you could be a good place to leave a copy of any books on institutional racism which you may have appreciated - like The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander; Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson; or Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, or another title that’s moved you.

    Please contact Mike MattsonBarb DuffordBetty Douglas or Alice Wozniak with any other suggestions.

    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."

     

     
    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.

     

    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 care@allsaintschicago.org. 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 website@allsaintschicago.org 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

    Email info@allsaintschicago.org 

    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