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 am sad to tell you that long time parishioner, Dorothy Adams died Wednesday afternoon. Dorothy's memorial service will be on Saturday, June 18th at All Saints'. I do not yet have an exact time for that service but I'll let you know as soon as I do. Dorothy taught church school, helped with rummage sales, participated in Education for Ministry (EFM) and came to church as much as her life permitted. She was a faithful, faithful Christian, with a love of all things art.

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

We need your help on Sunday mornings.

As the summer approaches, I will be doing some traveling, as will Emily. As a result there will be many Sundays when we will have only one priest. The time when we could most use your assistance is on Sunday morning before the 8:00 am service. Specifically an incredible help would be to have a person or a couple of people who would commit to opening the church and setting up for the 8:00 service each week. Although it is early on a weekend, (between 7:15 and 7:30) I can promise the lucky individual who answers this call some wonderfully peace-filled, light-drenched time in our sanctuary. Let me know if you feel you might be called to this ministry. Shelly Burke has graciously offered to assist this person on many Sundays.

Enjoy the weekend! It looks to be another Chicago rain-drenched Memorial Weekend! I'll be celebrating and Emily will be preaching and Scott and the choir will be offering some lovely music. I look forward to seeing you all.

All the best,


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.


coffeecupPlease sign up to host!

Hello coffee fans -

It's been a whole four months since you have heard from me... Guess what - it's time to sign up to host Coffee Hour for the next four months (June-September). The emphasis is on filling the slots in June and September. We will have Coffee Hour in July and August as often as we can find a host.

Please check your calendar and sign up here.

Many thanks,

tinaParishioner, Tina Tchen, accepts Bishop Maryann Budde's invitation to preach at the National Cathedral Sunday, May 8. Click here to see the video.


Saturday, May 21

pollyMany of our atrium III children (ages 9 to 12) have expressed a desire to extend the experience of Solemn Communion.

On Saturday, May 21st from 9am-1pm Ahn Gallagher and Polly Tangora are inviting children from atrium III to join them for a morning of reflection in preparation for Youth Sunday on June 5th.

Similar to preparing for Solemn Communion, this will be a time to examine the liturgy and readings for the June 5th service in order to deepen and enrich our response as well as to prepare for the roles we hope these children will take in leading the service on the 5th.

The group is not limited to children who have participated before in Solemn Communion or those who will be available for the June 5th service though it would be most helpful if children could attend one or both of the services on the 5th. Children who have their Bibles and stoles from Solemn Communion could bring them for this retreat.

The morning will end with lunch and a brief closing prayer.

Please let us know if your child/ren are able to join us so we have enough food and materials ready - RSVP by email to Polly Tangora by Thursday May 19th if you haven't already told Ahn your child is coming.

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.

bibleWednesdays June 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29 at 7:00pm

On Wednesdays in June, join Emily for an engaging yet relaxed study of the Psalms, the "prayer book" of the Bible. In each conversation, we'll read and discuss a psalm or two and even explore musical or artistic versions of the psalms.

Conversations will be held in the reading room or (weather permitting!) on the front lawn. Come to one, or a few, or all five! 

Sunday, June 5theating

Volunteer sign-ups for the All Saints' Spring Cafe on June 5th are now open! The Cafe is a bi-annual event where our kitchen and parish hall are transformed into a gourmet restaurant complete with a menu with entree options, servers, bussers, and musicians. This event also tends to fill up quickly, so please sign up as soon as you are able.

To sign up, click here to visit our Sign-Up Genius page and to reserve your volunteer position. Please specify in the comment section if you're an adult or if under 18. If you are interested in signing up a larger group (8+) please get in touch with Parker first.

If you are interested in helping prepare the meal on Saturday 5/4 and 5/5, you can also sign up to do that! Please click here to sign up for a shift on Sign-Up Genius.

Sign up to walk on June 25th!hungerwalk

Simply go to our sign-up page and reserve your spot. Bus transportation will be provided to and from the event (All Saints' to Jackson Park) and we will depart at 7am and return at approximately 11:30am.

If you do not plan on taking the bus, please email Parker and he will get you the appropriate registration form.

Every walker that joins us means the GCFD will allocate $12 to our account. This money is used throughout the year to purchase pantry staples that we hand out on Tuesday evening!

If you cannot join us on the 25th and would like to make a donation to support our team, please make checks payable to Ravenswood Community Services and put Hunger Walk in the memo line. For online donations, visit our Hunger Walk Page and select the blue DONATE button.

Suggestions for Individual Actions & Education

"Crook County: Racism and Injustice in America's Largest Criminal Court" by Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve.

This book was published just this month, by Stanford University Press. Tribune reviewer Rob Warden, described it this way "...a powerful book, grounded in nearly 15 years of field research by Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve, an assistant professor of criminal justice at Temple University, exposing the racialized culture that permeates the Cook County criminal courts and state's attorney's office."

Race Against Hate - Sunday, June 19, 2015. Now that the Ravenswood Run has you in shape, consider this 5K/10K opportunity. The race honors the life of Skokie resident Ricky Byrdsong, who was murdered in 1999 while walking in his neighborhood with two of his children. Proceeds support the work of the YWCA Evanston/North Shore racial justice and violence prevention programming. Information and registration at

Karen Schrage attended the Friday, May 6 session of the YWCA Evanston/North Shore Racial Justice Summit, “Mirrors and Methods: Tools for Creating Racial Equity,” in case anyone would like to ask her any questions

The Little Free Library near you could be a good place to leave a copy of any books on institutional racism which you may have appreciated - like The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander; Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson; or Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, or another title that’s moved you.

Please contact Mike MattsonBarb DuffordBetty Douglas or Alice Wozniak with any other suggestions. 

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

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.

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