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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Staciey

Dear Friends,

As the political climate, both domestic and worldwide, grows ever more confounding and unsettling, the best thing to do--at least certainly one thing within our power--is to come together and move. 

Tomorrow morning, walk with Ravenswood Community Services toward economic justice for all at the Hunger Walk in Jackson Park. Sunday morning, walk with All Saints' and friends from around the diocese in love and support of the LGBT community. Your presence at these events--especially the Pride Parade--is more important than ever this year. Find out more below.

If you are walking in the Pride Parade, you still will have time to come to church at 8am or 9am! And you won't want to miss it.

Staycie Flint, our guest preacher, leads the Race Matters group that led conversations on racism this past year. She is a parishioner here and a staff chaplain at Advocate Children's Hospital in Oak Lawn. Previously, she has worked in the inner city, journeying particularly with under-served youth and those involved with prostitution, and in correctional facilities, helping inmates move from life in prison to life outside of prison. 

Conversations with Staycie always are marked by wisdom, compassion, and justice. But the main thing to know about Staycie is that she walks the talk. 

Friends, let us "walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself for us, and offering and sacrifice to God" (Ephesians 5:2).

See you soon,
Emily

churchschoolThe Church School has started its new summer schedule. There will no longer be any 10am classes, however children are welcome to come and help work in the garden during this hour.

Atrium I will continue to be open during the 9am service until July 17th.

backpackThursday, July 14 7:30pm

Preparation for the 2016 Backpack Blessing is underway! If you are passionate about public education in our city, please join the planning discussions. The next conversation will be on Thursday, July 14 at 7:30pm in the Reading Room.

There will be a subsequent meeting on August 4, also at 7:30pm. Contact Emily for more information.

The Backpack Blessing itself will take place on Sunday, September 25, at the 9am and 11am services with a 10am coffee hour forum.

prideparadeSunday, June 26. Staging begins at 10am

In 2015, nearly 1 million people attended Chicago's annual Pride Parade, and with an even larger turnout expected this year, this is an amazing opportunity to deliver our message of hope in Christ, of complete love and acceptance in God, and of changing the world through the Holy Spirit to a massive audience. While the world hears many stories of religion on the side of exclusion, we mean to show our Church on the affirming side of inclusive love.

This year's parade is the same deal: about 2.5 miles long, beginning at Montrose and Broadway and ending at Diversey and Sheridan. If you've never marched before, it is an amazing experience you'll never forget.

To march with us, please email Matthew Zaradich for more information at matthewzaradich@gmail.com. Please put "Episcopal Pride" in the subject line. Further information will be provided as it comes available. We need an accurate count of marchers, so please email as soon as possible!

Join (and share!) the Facebook event here!

bibleLast session! Wednesday, June 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. This Wednesday, June 22,
we'll be considering Psalms 13 and 88 - psalms of lament and outrage - in light of the Orlando massacre.

All are welcome, even if you haven't been able to make it to a previous session. We'll meet in the reading room or (weather permitting!) on the front lawn. Refreshments will be provided!

Wednesdays, July 13, 20, & 27 at 7:30pm at O'Shaughnessy's

Does it matter what we believe? Where is God in times of loss? How do we engage Christianly in politics?

Ever have questions like these? You're not alone. Join Emily and parishionerAlex DeMarco for deep conversations over a tasty beverage at "the Annex", O'Shaughessy's Public House. Come to one evening, or all three!

Join the All Saints' Care Ministry!

casseroleThe Care Ministry at All Saints' is a quiet one, simply providing meals after a new baby arrives, after surgery, during an illness. Because when life gets complicated, dinner is often the last thing on our minds--but sometimes a meal and visit from a friend is exactly what we need!

If you can provide a meal, give someone a ride, or run an errand once in awhile, please email care@allsaintschicago.org. You'll be contacted when a need arises and you can sign up to help at your convenience.

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.

Monday, July 18

sixflagsIs your child interested in serving as an acolyte? It is a great way for them to enjoy church. Join our All Saints Acolyte team. We are holding training for new and experienced acolytes. New acolytes will learn what to do. Experienced acolytes will learn new roles, brush up on liturgical behavior, and help new acolytes.

And.... Then we all go to GREAT AMERICA!!!!!

Who: Kids 8 years or older who are interested, and can participate productively and respectfully in the acolyte ministry.

When: Date is July 18th, 8AM. We will leave around ~10 AM for Great America. Returning for a pizza dinner.

Where: Meet at All Saints

Cost: Training is free. Great America is $36/kid, but we have subsidies to make sure everyone can go. Let us know if you already have a season pass.

Help Needed: We need some adults who are willing to drive, chaperone the kids, and ride the rides at Great America.

RSVP: Please contact Ken Jones by June 24th so we can plan for transport and tickets: kjones60625@gmail.com or (773) 575 1629

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

 

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

Do you have Hidden Bias?

Click here to read an interesting article about stereotypes and prejudices. It talks about a tool to test yourself for hidden bias. Here is the link to the test...try it for yourself!

YWCA Evanston/North Shore (1215 Church St, Evanston, IL)
"Reel" Talk Movie Nights

Watch, think, react, share, listen, learn! "Reel" Talk movie nights provide another forum to challenge your thinking and deepen your understanding about issues of race and racism. Our bi-monthly "Reel" Talks feature a movie or video followed by facilitated discussion. Movie Nights take place in Room 207 at YWCA Evanston/North Shore. We'll provide popcorn and beverages! Suggested donation is $3. No reservations necessary. 
Summer Movie Madness!

"Reel" Talk Movie Nights this summer are:

  • Thursday June 23, 6:30-8:30 pm: Race: The Power of an Illusion, Episodes 3
  • Tuesday, July 12, 6:30-8:30 pm: Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity Pt 1
  • Tuesday, July 12, 6:30-8:30 pm: Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity Pt 1
  • Tuesday, July 19, 6:30-8:30 pm: Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity-Pt 2 
  • Tuesday, July 26, 6:30-8:30 pm: Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible

If you have not yet read The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander, you may be interested in the following review by U.S. Senator Cory Booker, published in the NYT book reviews "By the Book" column, of Feb. 4. He wrote: "I opened it feeling like I knew a lot about mass incarceration, but she presents her case with such an unrelenting avalanche of evidence and data that I found myself even angrier at the depth and breadth of the problem. It is the one book I have given to my whole staff, and along with Senator Tom Harkin, I bought copies for every one of our Senate colleagues."

"From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation" by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor 

Paperback, Published in February, 2016. Reviewer, Steven Thrasher of The Guardian, writes: "Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor's has not written the average rushed first-wave book on a social movement. Taylor, a professor of African American studies at Princeton, is the rare academic writer whose sense of humor is as sharp as her scholarship. She's written a sweeping yet concise history not just of the Black Lives Matter movement, but of the past seven years under the first black president and of how the 20th century led to our current state of woke uprising. It's full of gems of historical insight and it fearlessly tackles what black liberation looks like when it happens in a black-governed city 40 miles from a black-occupied White House."

"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 www.ywca.org/RAH2016

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.

Do you have Hidden Bias?

Click here to read an interesting article about stereotypes and prejudices. It talks about a tool to test yourself for hidden bias. Here is the link to the test...try it for yourself!

 

YWCA Evanston/North Shore (1215 Church St, Evanston, IL)

"Reel" Talk Movie Nights

 

Watch, think, react, share, listen, learn! "Reel" Talk movie nights provide another forum to challenge your thinking and deepen your understanding about issues of race and racism. Our bi-monthly "Reel" Talks feature a movie or video followed by facilitated discussion. Movie Nights take place in Room 207 at YWCA Evanston/North Shore. We'll provide popcorn and beverages! Suggested donation is $3. No reservations necessary.

Summer Movie Madness!

 

 "Reel" Talk Movie Nights this summer are:

  • Thursday June 23, 6:30-8:30 pm: Race: The Power of an Illusion, Episodes 3
  • Tuesday, July 12, 6:30-8:30 pm: Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity Pt 1
  • Tuesday, July 12, 6:30-8:30 pm: Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity Pt 1
  • Tuesday, July 19, 6:30-8:30 pm: Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity-Pt 2 
  • Tuesday, July 26, 6:30-8:30 pm: Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible

If you have not yet read The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander, you may be interested in the following review by U.S. Senator Cory Booker, published in the NYT book reviews "By the Book" column, of Feb. 4. He wrote: "I opened it feeling like I knew a lot about mass incarceration, but she presents her case with such an unrelenting avalanche of evidence and data that I found myself even angrier at the depth and breadth of the problem. It is the one book I have given to my whole staff, and along with Senator Tom Harkin, I bought copies for every one of our Senate colleagues."

 

"From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberationby Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor 

 

Paperback, Published in February, 2016. Reviewer, Steven Thrasher of The Guardian, writes: "Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor's has not written the average rushed first-wave book on a social movement. Taylor, a professor of African American studies at Princeton, is the rare academic writer whose sense of humor is as sharp as her scholarship. She's written a sweeping yet concise history not just of the Black Lives Matter movement, but of the past seven years under the first black president and of how the 20th century led to our current state of woke uprising. It's full of gems of historical insight and it fearlessly tackles what black liberation looks like when it happens in a black-governed city 40 miles from a black-occupied White House."

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 website@allsaintschicago.org 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

Email info@allsaintschicago.org 

Information about pastoral care.

 

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