All Saints Episcopal Church in Chicago

Race Matters Resources

What follows are resources for pondering, praying, and considering. It is not perfect. Even if it was perfect, it would only be one version of perfect and not someone else's. If you read or watch something and find it it not applicable to you - then maybe it is not. If you read something, find yourself challenged, and this leads to not liking something about yourself - practice self-compassion. If you find yourself wanting to critique instead of wanting to take in the perspective of someone else, give something a second chance - or move on; respect your agency and level of readiness. Does something excite you, scare you, offend you, or is there something you want to talk about as a community? Reach out to and maybe suggest the church take time to talk about the article or video that caught your interest.

Move in and out of the following resources as you will. Take your time - take all year. They aren't going anywhere...

Suggested first reading: Article in Everyday Feminism: 9 Ways We Can Make Social Justice Movements Less Elitist and More Accessible 

Glossary of Terms from World Trust Educational Services


Vernā Myers' video on confronting personal bias from our Theology of Change day of planning.

The science behind stereotypingFranchesca Ramsey.

A 30 minute talk by John A. Powell "Dance Like You Matter in an Intra-related World".  He also has a 30 minute talk about building the beloved community:  but "Dance Like You..." covers things pretty well. Here is his 1.5 hour piece on the beloved community that goes deep (who knows how long you'll be stuck in a waiting room some day).

Vincent Harding and Phyllis Tickle an hour long radio interview with Krista Tippet

Sometimes You're a Caterpillar: Franchesca Ramsey

What exactly is intersectionality: Stephanie D. Johnson, a.k.a. "Najma" 

What Is Privilege?: Buzzfeed

PBS series, Race—The Power of an Illusion.

PBS, Slavery by Another Name

Chicago Transformative and Restorative Justice

A reminder about the context for our communal conversations and thinking: a link to renting the Cracking the Codes film.


Revolutionary Hope: A Conversation Between James Baldwin and Audre Lorde

Do Multicultural Churches Reinforce Racism? 

The Realities of Raising a Kid of a Different Race 

The Hard Talk: White Parents Discussing Racism with White Children

Struggling to talk to your kids about race and privilege? Disney’s “Zootopia” has you covered

The Blueprint: Black Parents Can "Do Better" Too

The Problem with Saying 'All Lives Matter'

When You Become the Oppressive "Ally": Asians, Anti-Blackness, and Accountability 

Ferguson Racial Tension: White Church Still Doesn't Get the Danger of Being Black 

White Guilt is actually White Narcissism 

The White Anti-Racism Tone Police: White Supremacy vs. White Privilege 

Richard Rohr on White Privilege 

'Chi-Raq' and the Myth of Chicago Gang Wars 

White America's racial illiteracy: Why our national conversation is poisoned from the start

Open Letter To Aziz Ansari and Other Anti-Black People of Color 

Bryan Stevenson on Charleston and Our Real Problem with Race 

What Is Internalized Racism (pdf)

An Open Letter to Ta-Nehisi Coates and the Liberals Who Love Him

Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Debate on Bernie Sanders and Reparations


Some reading lists:

The Most Important Writing From People Of Color In 2015 

You've Read a Ta-Nehisi Coates book. Now What?  (promises that there are more good books out there)

Curriculum for White Americans to Educate Themselves on Race and Racism–from Ferguson to Charleston  (promises of short articles)

#BlackLivesMatter: A Longform Reading List  (promises of long reads)

Free Books on Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Class promises of free reads)

15 Books That Every Black Person Should Add to Their Collection  (promises of empowerment)

28 Black Picture Books That Aren't About Boycotts, Buses or Basketball 

Remember Self-care:

7 ways to practice emotional first aid 

Self-compassion Exercise

Remember Other-care:

Learn How to Listen in a Radically Different Way

Brene Brown on Empathy 

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Annual Meeting Jan. 28, 2018: Rector's Address

Annual Meeting Jan. 28, 2018: Rector's Address

Here is a link to download Bonnie's address.

Weekly Message for February 18

Weekly Message for February 18

Dear Friends,    


How much longer will the killing continue? 
Here are some groups and activities you might consider supporting with your time and your money: 
  • The IL Council Against Handgun Violence 
  • Moms Demand Action 
  • Gabby Giffords' PAC 

  • And here's a list of congressional representatives who have received the most amount of money from the National Rifle Association. Apparently they are all praying for the people in Florida directly affected by our country’s latest mass shooting. I invite you to pray for their souls and to drop them a note wondering if God is answering their prayers. Will it make a difference? I don’t know. But, being held hostage by a diabolical association that has convinced our elected officials that it is the God-given, constitutionally-sanctioned right of every American to wander around with a semi-automatic rifle is absurd. Seems like all of us ought to start loudly pointing out this insanity.
    I’ll be at the Moms Demand Action Lakeview gathering on the 24th of February. Let me know if you’d like to come with me. Please let me know what other courses of action you plan to take to end gun violence in our country.
    This evening, All Saints’ will be hosting a gathering for the friends, family, and neighbors of our long-term neighbor John Vanzo at 7:00. Tomorrow morning at 10:30 there will be a visitation in the sanctuary and a memorial service at 11:00 am. All are welcome. 
    I’m super excited that we will finally kick off the All Saints’ Youth Group with an overnight this Saturday. Please RSVP to Hilary Waldron if your 7-12 grade child is planning on attending. 
    Following the 11:00 Worship service we will have a Newcomer’s Brunch at O’Shaughnessy’s at 12:15. Please join us!
    This Sunday, Emily will be preaching, I’ll be celebrating, and our choir will be singing some wonderfully moving Lenten music. It seems like the right time to be praying and repenting. So please come and join me.
    All my best,


    Memorial Service for John Vanzo

    Memorial Service for John Vanzo

    AUGUST 13 2013 11The memorial service for our friend and neighbor John Vanzo will be held at All Saints' this Saturday the 17th, at 11:00 am. There will be a visitation in the sanctuary prior to the service, beginning at 10:30am. All are welcome. 

    On Friday evening, the 16th, we will host a time of conversation and story telling for John's friends and family. All are invited from 7 to 9pm to share a drink, and hear and tell a favorite story of the very many sides of John.

    May John's soul and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.


    Lenten Evening Prayer

    Lenten Evening Prayer

    On Thursdays, February 15-March 22, brief services of Evening Prayer will be offered at 7:00pm, with scripture, poetry, and song. Come find rest for your souls.

    Inquirers’ Class

    Inquirers’ Class

    On Thursdays, February 15—March 22, the Inquirers’ Class will take place in the Reading Room next to the sanctuary. Designed especially but not exclusively for those new to All Saints’ and/or the Episcopal Church, this 6-week series is an exploration of adult spirituality through history, prayer, scriptures, theology, church polity, and more. If desired, it may also serve as preparation for the rite of confirmation or reception into the Episcopal Church in May or June.

    The book we’ll refer to occasionally in the class is called Jesus was an Episcopalian (and you can be one, too!): A Newcomer’s Guide to the Episcopal Church by Chris Yaw. If you’re interested in joining the class, consider getting a copy to look over.

    Contact Bonnie or Emily for more info.

    Bags for RCS

    Bags for RCS

    We're running low on paper and reusable bags for our Tuesday night pantry. Please bring us your extras! 
    We will be taking donations on Tuesday evenings, M-F 9am-4pm, and on Sundays during church services. Look for the bins by the doors. Thanks for your help!

    Community Kitchen Volunteers Needed

    Community Kitchen Volunteers Needed

    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.

    Donate to The 1883 Project

    Donate to The 1883 Project

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

    1883 Construction web 

    Fixing This Old Church

    Fixing This Old Church

    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.



    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

    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.