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,

I've returned from my travels co-leading a paddling trip around the Great Barrier Island of New Zealand. What came to me, in my time away, was a notion that has crept up on me and inspired me before: Now. Be in this moment now. Not that we don't plan ahead, not that we don't reflect on what has been, but that we have been given this life of ours to exist in it as deep as possible. Now. What am I doing, of what am I thinking, what am I feeling, where am I going, for what do I care? All questions to be considered now! This now is our time. This now is our gift. In addition to not missing what is happening now, this focus of thought enables us to make wise decisions and informed future plans because we are fully aware of our current position. Guiding a group of paddlers in the midst of waves, wind, rocks, surf, and swell requires complete attention to what is happening now. May we too be completely aware of all that is happening now.
I'll be preaching this Sunday, we'll have a Refugee Forum between our worship services, presented by Exodus World Service and our kiddos will be looking for those last minute sign ups to bake cakes for our annual amazing Africa Bake Auction which is next Sunday the 26th.
I'm delighted to be home, despite being massively disturbed by the tenor and path of our government, (the people of New Zealand had much to say about our President) and very much looking forward to seeing all of you.
PS - the Worship Committee will meet after our 11 o'clock service. I invite anyone who is interested in how we create and shape and form our liturgies to come and join us for a light lunch and much planning for the upcoming seasons of Lent and Easter. No previous worship planning experience required or expected!

Sunday, February 26, 10:00am 
Only ONE week left before the Great All Saints' Africa Bake Auction!

Our brothers and Sisters in South Sudan are counting on us.
In 2016 just over $23,000 was raised by the auction. Our children in the 9 to 12 year-olds' class serve as the board of directors in organizing the auction and determining how the funds raised should be allocated. Adults from Friends of Africa make presentations to the children about funding needs and keep the children updated on events and progress on the projects funded.
Last year the children decided to allocate a grant of $15,000 to the Diocese of Renk to support their work in aiding refugees of the ongoing fighting in the Sudan and South Sudan including $6,500 to support salaries of a doctor and midwife in the clinic in Renk and to buy seeds and fencing for a garden.
In addition the children granted $5,000 toward school fees for secondary students studying in Uganda. Many of these students come from South Sudan seeking to continue their studies safe from the effects of the fighting that continues to erupt in South Sudan. Funds between $1,000 and $2,000 were also granted to two Sudanese students finishing their post-graduate degrees - one in pharmacy and one in theology. Both plan to return to the Sudan as leaders in their fields. 
YOU CAN HELP by volunteering to bake and then coming Sunday to buy.  

Contact Polly Tangora for more information or to volunteer to bake.



blueplateSign Up Online by February 19

Lent is coming and we are already organizing for another round of Lenten Suppers this year. Parishioners sign-up for their preferred night and 5-week potluck dinner groups are organized at members' houses or in local restaurants beginning the week of March 5.

Regardless if you are new to All Saints' or have attended All Saints' for awhile, this is a great opportunity to meet others in a more intimate setting with food and fellowship.

If you are interested, fill out a registration form online here or there will be paper registration forms in the back of the church through February 19 - the deadline.

Questions? Contact Barb Giloth (email or call 773/750-7266) or Nancy Lischer (email or call 773/791-5548).


Sunday, February 19, 10:00am

This year a number of refugee families will start their lives over again in our area. Most will have no friends to lean on during their first difficult days and weeks in our country. Exodus World Service has asked our church to help one or more of these new families. Exodus' goal is to have a local church welcome every family that arrives in Chicago.

We are exited about this opportunity. Join us for an informational session on Sunday, February 19, in the Parish Hall between services. For questions, contact Laura Youngberg.


February 19 at St. Thomas, Chicago
The Rev. Dr. Jonathan L. Walton is a Baptist, but he knows all about Absalom Jones. Walton, the Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church at Harvard University, will preach at the Union of Black Episcopalians Chicago's celebration of Jones' feast at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Chicago on Sunday, February 19 at 3 p.m.

"My parents and grandparents are in the African Methodist Episcopal Church," Walton says.  "Richard Allen, Absalom Jones, Morris Brown, Jarena Lee," he says, ticking off the names of some of the key figures in the black church movement of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. "These were all our saints when I was growing up."

Wednesday, February 22, 5:30-8:00pm 

Support RCS at the delicious, pay-what-you-can Soup & Bread meal at The Hideout (1354 W Wabansia) on Wednesday, February 22! Guest chefs supply an array of amazing, warm soups that are paired with freshly baked bread in the (famous underground music scene) backroom at The Hideout.

All proceeds from the evening will go to RCS, our community kitchen & food pantry! Join the RCS staff and volunteers as we chow down and hang out! ALL AGES WELCOME!

flyingcrossSeeking actors of all range of experience to play with us as we develop a new script for Palm Sunday and Good Friday! Opportunities available for small parts and large.

Auditions are to be held Saturday, February 25th at 10am and Sunday, February 26th at 12:30pm. Please email Paula Stevens-Contey with any questions and to sign up with your preferable time slot. Script available upon request.

ashcrossBeginning March 1

Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, falls on March 1 this year. On that day, All Saints' will hold services with the imposition of ashes at 7am and 7pm. The 7am service is slightly abridged, so you can get to work on time! The 7pm service will have full choir and sermon.

Evening Prayer will continue on Wednesdays at 7pm throughout the rest of Lent (March 8 - April 12).


Wednesdays, March 8 -- April 12, 7:30-9:00pm 
For those new to the Christian faith or to the Episcopal Church, our 6-week Inquirer's Class, led by both Bonnie and Emily, is an exploration of adult spirituality by way of a "spirited" romp through history, prayer, scriptures, theology, church polity, and more. 
This lively series offers space to question beliefs, imagine possibilities, learn about All Saints', and make new friends. If desired, it may also serve as preparation for the rite of confirmation or reception into the Episcopal Church in May or June. Contact Emily with any questions.


Thursday, March 9, 12:15-1:00pm

Edward Torrez, President and Principal of Bauer Latoza Studio, will be giving a presentation on the exterior restoration of All Saints'. Join our friends at Landmarks Illinois to hear how the true original beauty of our landmark building - believed to be Chicago's oldest frame church - was recently uncovered. Cosponsored by The Auditorium Theatre. 

Location: The Auditorium Building, Roosevelt University's Murray-Green Library, 430 S. Michigan Avenue, 10th Floor, Chicago
Time: 12:15 p.m. - 1 p.m. 
Admission: Free

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

The Ravenswood Run website is officially open! 

Register now at their website here.

The race times (subject to change) will be 5k - 8:00 AM
Kid's Race - 9:00 AM.

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The 11th annual Reality Fair will be held Friday morning at Ravenswood Elementary School. Please mark your calendars now, and we'll send more information and sign up instructions later. This is an incredible event which truly affects our children's lives.

If you have any questions, please contact Jen Simokaitis or Helen Poot.


Sundays at 2pm

breakersbibleWe are very excited to announce that every Sunday at 2:00 pm, All Saints' offers something new at the Breakers - An Evening Prayer Service! Our first event was Sunday, December 4th, and went marvelously well - we had 13 attendees! Folks are very pleased that there's a Protestant service being offered in addition to the current choices (which are Catholic and Moody Bible.) The Prayer Service itself is printed in large print and in bulletin style with scripture taken each week from the Common Lectionary.

The weekly service starts at 2:00 pm, upstairs on the second floor Meditation Room, and lasts about 15 minutes. Please contact Paul Mallatt if you have questions, or comments at 773-860-4649. When you can, stop by the Breakers (5333 N Sheridan Rd) where the parking is free (for 2 hours), the coffee is hot, and the folks are friendly!


Volunteer Opportunities, Events, and Recommendations 

Write letters, call, email Senators and Congressmen across the political spectrum about current events, the travel ban, suspension of the Refugee Resettlement Program and other issues of importance. It is important that our officials get feedback. Find members of Congress at these sites:, and Governor Rauner's office in Chicago is 312-814-2121. Write Letters to the Editor.  
Volunteer opportunity: GROWING HOME "We have a vision of a world of healthy people and communities. Everyone deserves to have a good job, and everyone deserves to eat well." Since 2002, Growing Home has trained and employed and, most importantly, given a second chance to people with employment barriers. You may be familiar with their Wood Street farm in Englewood. Their farms are the first and only USDA-certified organic high-production urban farms in Chicago, and because they strive to also feed their community well, all their produce is grown, harvested, cleaned, and sold within a 20-mile radius. Read more at For volunteer opportunities, choose "OPPORTUNITIES" in the footer of the site. Come to a Happy Hour benefit for Growing Home and learn about their plans for 2017: Hubbard Inn, Thursday, February 23, 6 to 7 p.m., tickets $15 in advance, $17 at door, see website. 
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." 
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. Click here for more info. 

The Middle Eastern refugees and immigrants served by the Iraqi Mutual Aid Society were deeply moved by the notes of welcome from All Saints. We shared them at our community lunch on Thursday, and now they will hang in our conference room to remind people of your warm welcome in the days to come. Thanks!

Laura Youngberg

breadbakersSignup online to bake for a month

Calling all bakers! If you love the smell of fresh-baked bread filling your kitchen, please consider signing up to bake communion bread for our services. This involves a one-month commitment that you'll share with another baker, and you can do all your baking at once and add to the reserves in our freezer.

Signing up is easy, just click here for our page on Signup Genius and reserve your favorite month.

Contact Jennifer Simokaitis, or Anne Ellis if you have any questions.

Yard Signs Available 

Grow Community has created yard signs for anyone who would like to display support for our local public high schools. Signs and sign holders are available in the Reading Room.



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.

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