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,

Sunday, April 24 is the 20th running, (literally) of the Ravenswood Run! I am in awe of what the Honorable Mary Colleen Roberts started two decades ago. I remember we were thinking of ways to draw attention to the church, to raise some money for our ministries, and Mary said to me, "What about a 5K race?" I said, "Ok-go for it." And so she did in so many, many ways. After the first race that had 75 people at it—she said, someday this is going to be big! And so it is. We are close to 3500 people registered thus far, so we have not yet sold out. Click here to register and help us do just that!

The race benefits our community kitchen and food pantry, Ravenswood Community Services and the school based health centers at Amundsen and Lake View High School. And it is just tons of fun!

Our bishop Jeff Lee and a number of his staff will be running the race and then after, Jeff will be preaching and confirming at our 11:00 worship service. REMEMBER we will not have either our 8:00 or 9:00 worship services. Next week we'll return to our normal Sunday morning schedule of 8, 9, and 11:00.

Our Seeking God: Conversations on Benedictine Spirituality class got off to a good start, with great attendance on Thursday evening. We have two more classes so feel free to join us for one or both of them. We gather for the class at 7:30 and dinner in the neighborhood at 6:30.

I'm looking forward to seeing all of you tomorrow!

All my best,

There's still time to register!

MANY THANKS to all of you who have gotten the word out about the Run in one way or another! And thanks to all who have signed up to volunteer on race day!

And if you want to run/walk the race, register here—quickly!

Thursdays, April 21, 28, and May 5 at 7:30pm

seekinggodJoin Bonnie on Thursday evenings for a conversation on Benedictine Spirituality. The discussions will be based on the book The Way of St. Benedict by Esther de Waal with a forward by Kathleen Norris.

You don't need to know anything about St. Benedict or spirituality. Rather, envision this as an introduction and an opportunity to see how entering into this conversation might impact our own lives. We'll gather at the church at 6:30pm for dinner at one of our local restaurants, and then begin conversation at the church at 7:30pm. Feel free to come to just the dinner or just the conversation or both!

catchatSecond Meeting on May 1st at 10am

Thanks to everyone who came to our April 17th CAT Chat. We gained valuable insights and had a lively discussion about Spiritual Vitality and hospitality. Our second CAT chat will take place during coffee hour May 1st in the Reading Room. We'll be discussing the top priority identified by our congregation: Creating opportunities to form meaningful relationships with one another.

You can find the CAT results on the website. Hope to see you there!

Lost Boys of Sudan documentary screeninggodgrewtired

Join us Thursday May 12 at 7:30 for a screening of the documentary film "God Grew Tired of Us". We will be joined by Lost Boy John Dau, one of the film's stars, for a discussion following the film. You can read information on the quite innovative work John's foundation is doing in South Sudan is here.

We will also be joined by Sean Tenner from the Sudanese Community Association of Illinois.

Following the film and discussion folks can head over to O'Shaughnessy's Public House (aka - "The Annex") for drinks and continued conversation.

Friday, May 13th realityfair

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Reality Fair! On Friday, May 13th, RCS will bring this meaningful event to the seventh and eighth graders at Ravenswood School once again, and you can get in on the fun.

Not familiar with Reality Fair? It's a financial literacy challenge where students receive a fictional job and a paycheck and attempt to navigate real-world monthly expenses without going bankrupt. We need volunteers to serve as bankers, utility company reps, travel agents, car salesmen, financial counselors and more. It's a three-hour commitment you won't forget!

To sign up, go to this Signup Genius link. If you have questions about the event contact Helen Poot or Jennifer Simokaitis.

Saturday, May 14

fiesta16We are beginning to plan and prepare for this year's Mexican Fiesta to benefit our friends at Santa María Virgen in Xalapa, Mexico and are looking for items for our auction. We have a selection of lovely handicrafts from our trip last November, but we really need more to have a successful auction. Could you or anyone you know donate something to help us out?

Always popular are items such as meals (home cooked or restaurant) and stays in a vacation cottage. Are you regular patrons of a Mexican restaurant that might be willing to donate a meal for two? Or would you be willing to offer up a fabulous meal you will cook yourself? Do you have a cozy cottage in Door County that you would be willing to offer up for a weekend or a week?

Please contact Dave and Karen Howe if you can help.

Sunday, May 15

If you would like to have your child baptized at All Saints' on Pentecost, May 15, please plan to attend a preparation session on Saturday, April 30 or May 7 from 9-10:30am. To RSVP to the session, contact Andrew in the office.

For more information, or to see the full list of baptism Sundays for 2016, click here.

Sunday, May 15 12:30-2:30pm

brunchAre you new or new-ish to All Saints'? Would you like to meet people and learn more about this amazing community?

Please join us on Sunday, May 15 from 12:30-2:30pm at O'Shaughnessy's Public House (at Wilson/Ravenswood) for brunch, drinks, and great conversation.

RSVP to Emily or Bonnie if you can, or just show up!

Saturday, May 21, 2016 9:00am-12:00pm

St. Thomas Episcopal Church, our partner parish in Bronzeville, Chicago, invites you to their Spring Prayer Breakfast entitled It Was Nothing But the Blood: The Power of Praise and Prayer with guest speaker the Reverend Valerie Landfair.

The prayer breakfast will take place at the Hilton at 9333 S. Cicero in Oak Lawn. Tickets are $30 per person and there will be door prizes and raffles.


Suggestions for Individual Actions & Education

The YWCA Evanston/North Shore has a deep and abiding commitment to working on issues of economic, gender and racial justice, particularly in the places where these systems of oppression overlap each other. There is little doubt that the systemic oppression of people of color in the United States remains painfully alive. To explore the realities of racial inequity that exist, and to reflect on our own role in preserving and/or dismantling those systems, YWCA Evanston/North Shore is pleased to present Mirrors and Methods: Tools for Creating Racial Equity, our first racial justice summit, on May 5-6, 2016. For more information and to register go to

The Chicago Episcopal Diocese's Anti-Racism Commission is offering a one-day workshop. You can sign up HERE for the Critical Cultural Competency training being held on Saturday, April 23 2016 from 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM at Grace Church in Hinsdale. Registration is limited to 50 participants.

The All Saints' Book Group's March 2016 book was Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates. This powerful book explores the issues of growing up African-American in the U.S.

For events related to African-American culture/racial justice in Chicago the website provides a lot of activities.


The Refugee Ministry is working to publicize and develop a series of activities to mark World Refugee Day on June 20, 2016. In the meantime there are several current and upcoming events that focus on dimensions of refugee and immigrant life:

refugeeSoul Asylum - an exhibit at the Weinberg/Newton Gallery (300 West Superior) through March 26 that gives voice to the immigration justice movement. Artists in Residence at the Interfaith Committee for Detained Immigrants (ICDI), Diaz-Lewis are growing one aspect of this exhibit, The 34,000 Pillows Project, through making pillows from donated clothing. These pillows, representing the 34,000 beds mandated for detainees in prisons in the US, will be sold to benefit Human Rights Watch and ICDI. Workshops Saturdays 2-4pm and Mondays 1-4pm through March 26.

The Iraqi Odyssey is a documentary film that chronicles the far flung dispersion of an Iraqi family over many years. A special showing of the film will take place on Saturday, April 9, at 2pm at the New 400 Theater, 6746 N. Sheridan Rd, Chicago. Tickets will be $10 through The Iraqi Mutual Aid Society. Tickets will go on sale March 21. Learn more about the film here. The film is 2 hours and 45 minutes long. A short reception will follow.

Questions? Contact Laura Youngberg or Barb Giloth.

 Workshop at St. James Commons, Saturday April 16

theend"It always seems too early, until it is too late."

Have you ever found yourself in a stressful health care situation? Have you ever wondered about the difference between a "Living Will" and a "Health Care Power of Attorney?" Have you ever wished for a little encouragement to tackle the conversation about end-of-life care in your family or your community? If so, Bishop Anderson House invites you to The End Is Where We Begin, a free workshop on April 16 that coincides with National Healthcare Decisions Day.

This workshop will prepare you to face stressful health care decisions with clarity and confidence. The first hour of the workshop will feature powerful storytelling and clear information about the various types of advance directives. In the second hour, you choose interactive stations where you can play games, learn more, and take action.

The End Is Where We Begin will be held at St. James Commons, 65 E. Huron, on Saturday, April 16, from 10am-12pm. Free food, hot and refreshing drinks. Attendance is free, but space is limited. Register by emailing Paul Goodenough.

Fridays 10:00-11:30am, beginning February 12 

Attention parents of children ages 0-4!  An open play group will be starting in the church nursery on Friday mornings, beginning this Friday, February 12. 

Enjoy coffee and conversation while the little ones play! Drop in whenever you can, for as little or as long as you like. Contact: Sarah Mitchell-Mace or Emily

Here is a link to download Bonnie's address.

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 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


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Bonnie on Huffington Post

Occasionally Bonnie's sermons are published on the Huffington Post. Here are some links.

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