Small Groups and Refugia

Dear Friends,

Last weekend was incredible! A fabulous community conversation on Saturday, Earth Day worship on Sunday (that music! that preaching!), a United Power action with great energy and news, and an inspiring Earth Day dinner and talk. Wow!

Our Community Conversation allowed for deep conversation and connection. People left energized, grateful for a day to focus on what matters. It was stunning to see how many of you were willing to take a chance on a full day of All Saints activity, and even more folks are signed up for the May conversation. During that day we took neighborhood walks; responses to those walks hang in the hallway between the church and the parish hall–check them out! If you want to participate in the next day, you can sign up HERE.

We hosted these conversations as a way to encourage All Saints as a refugia, a thriving micro-culture where people flourish and which can spill out to help the surrounding community flourish, too. Another way to nourish these connections is through small groups, which we are experimenting with this spring. You can read more and sign up in the newsletter.

One way to help our surrounding community flourish is through community organizing, and our work with United Power to Reclaim Chicago is bearing fruit! Our action last summer with Mayor Johnson led to a staff position focused on cutting red tape and to legislation introduced last week to release 500 vacant lots to build affordable homes. So, now we have some homework! Please contact your state legislator and alderperson to support this work; read the newsletter for more information and the wording for your email or phone call.

Finally, don’t forget we have The Ravenswood Run this Sunday! It’s not too late to sign up to run or to volunteer at the run or in the church welcoming folks and telling our story (email me!). But don’t forget: we only have ONE service this Sunday at 11 am! 

So, come to church at 11 am and come back at 3 pm for the annual Bach Week Concert at All Saints. See you in church!

Faithfully, Suzanne+