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 Fourth Sunday of Advent           

Almighty God,
you brought forth a royal branch
from the ancient stock of Jesse’s line:
Grant that we who have been grafted into this heritage
may bear fruit worthy of Jesus Christ;
who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns,
one God, now and forever.  Amen.


All Saints Episcopal Church

4550 N. Hermitage Avenue, Chicago IL 60640


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Dear Friends,
Again. Pain. Again. Death. Again. Murder. Paris and Chicago. Death.
People are being shot.
I am angry, sad, and overwhelmed.
This Sunday Alderman Pawar will be with us at 10:00 to join in our conversation of what we as individuals and as people of faith can do to address Laquan McDonald’s murder and the blatant issues of institutional and systemic racism at work in our city government that make it possible for a tragedy like this one (and so many others) to continue to occur.
Although we have done a piece of work on the sin of racism, the events in our city are demanding that we do more. Join me in this conversation and movement for change and transformation.
Each conversation, each gathering is one more step on the path toward realizing a “Beloved Community of God.” I’m preaching on Sunday and I will spend the next few days seeking words that will matter for my sermon. Words that may elicit thoughts and actions from all of us so that our community of faith may take a step toward justice and mercy for all. 
In the midst of these darkening days may we give thanks and find hope.
All my best,
P.S. - Click here and here to view two links that have informed my perspective as of late.
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.

Wednesdays, December 2, 9, 16, and 23 at 6:00pm 
Evening Prayer will be offered at the High Altar on Wednesdays in December. These brief services will be full of candles, song, and silence.
Afterwards at about 6:30pm, everyone's invited to grab dinner together at a neighborhood restaurant, like O'Shaughnessy's or Fin. 

Come find rest for your soul and food with friends.

A group will be gathering on December 9 at 7:00pm in front of the church on Hermitage as part of a national vigil for those affected daily by gun violence in America. The unifying theme for the vigils is #End Gun Violence, reinforcing the fact that gun violence affects all of us, regardless of age, income, location, religion, and race.
Questions? Contact Steve Pike via email or phone: (773-829-7645).
Saturday, December 12, 11:00am 
God willing and the people consenting, Bishop Jeffrey D. Lee will ordain our Associate Rector Emily Williams Guffey to the priesthood on Saturday, December 12 at 11:00am right here at All Saints'. The preacher will be Beth Taylor, former All Saints' intern and current rector of St. John's Episcopal Church, Royal Oak, Michigan.  
Children are welcome and encouraged to attend, and the nursery will be open. A festive reception will follow in the parish hall.
We Need Your Ugly Christmas Sweaters!
The script writing is underway, rehearsals start the week after Thanksgiving (Dec. 6), and we are going to need to borrow some ugly Christmas sweaters. If you have one you would be willing to loan please talk to Polly Tangora.
Also, parents of potential cast members are asked to RSPV to Polly if your child is available for rehearsals on December 6, 13 and the mandatory rehearsal Saturday the 19th. Speaking parts need to be able to attend both the 9 and 11 service on December 20th for the performance. This will help us begin to assign parts.
A new Refugee Ministry has begun at All Saints' with some ideas about how to engage the congregation in helping to address the diverse needs of refugees from around the world. This week we are featuring Heshima Kenya, a Chicago- and Nairobi-based organization that serves unaccompanied refugee minors, most of them girls and young women. 
For wonderful Christmas presents that also support this organization go to the Buy a Scarf Maisha Collective.    
For those who are interested in responding to the dire predicament of Syrian refugees, you can donate to the Syrian Network GoFundMe page.

Look out for more information about refugees and opportunities to volunteer in this newsletter or contact Laura YoungbergBarbara Giloth, or Anya Leist.
Suggestions for December 2015
Following the racial justice workshop this past fall, a small committee was formed to find and share resources for individual actions we can take in our commitment to pursue racial equality: authors to read, events to attend, and existing initiatives to support, whether by volunteering, letter writing, or financial contribution. New initiatives will be shared each month. 
Here are some ideas for this month:
BOOK: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
DISCUSSIONS: Lets Talk at Lunch. The Evanston YWCA has discussions three times per month at lunch time in rotating locations in  Evanston. Contact Eileen Heineman, co-director of the Racial Justice Program, for information and to receive email notifications. 
ATTEND our Tuesday 4PM community service to meet our neighbors and continue in creating community. 
We invite your suggestions! Ideas or information can be sent to any of the following: Mike MattsonBetty DouglasBarb DuffordAlice Wozniak.  
February 17 through May 11, 2016
Bishop Anderson House will be offering volunteer chaplain training this coming spring. The 13-week course equips students with appropriate tools for serving as a volunteer visitor to the home-bound, hospital patients or folks in personal crisis. Students learn how to listen, what to say and what not to say, and how to recognize signs of addiction, cognitive distress or spiritual crisis.
Classes take place Wednesday evenings, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. beginning February 17 and are held at Bishop Anderson House offices 707 S Wood Street, Chicago, 60612.
About the course:
  • Application period open through January 30, 2016
  • Class is open to members of all faith traditions
  • Students are recommended by congregational leader or professional chaplain
  • Weekly field work site determined by student and supervisor
  • 2 hours of class time and 2 hours of field work each week
  • $300 tuition+ $25 application fee
  • Download application here Application Spring 2016
For more information please call Cherryl at 312-563-4825 or

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

1883 Construction web 

Want to know the Bible a little better? Wonder what the Bible has to do with everyday relationships and decisions? Want to learn in a safe, flexible, yet challenging atmosphere? 
Join us for an 8-week, in-depth Bible study course in which we’ll read parts of Genesis, Exodus, Matthew, Mark, and other books, to explore the nature of covenant with God and one another. We’ll meet on Thursdays from 7:00-8:30pm in the Reading Room, September 24 through November 19 (no class October 29). 
To sign up or ask questions, contact our Associate Rector Emily Williams Guffey.

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.

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.

The book club continues to meet on the second Tuesday of the month at 8:00 PM rotating among the homes of participating members.  We post the details of the club on Facebook. Currently we have 5 active members. Anyone who likes to read and share their thoughts on what they read is welcome. Here is the lineup of books for the coming months:

October 8, 2015

 "Empire Falls" by Richard Russo

November 12, 2015 

"A Fighting Chance" by Elizabeth Warren

December 10, 2015

"Three May Keep a Secret" by Susan Van Perk

January 14, 2016

 "A Week in Winter" by Maeve Binchy

Contact Mike Burke here with any questions. 

This is the handout from the Annual Meeting that explains the development of our new logo.

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


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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