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,

This Sunday I'm excited to welcome Vicki Garvey as our guest preacher, and I know we all will learn a lot from her. An educator through and through, Vicki most recently has served as Bishop's Associate for Lifelong Christian Formation in our diocese. She regularly speaks, facilitates workshops, and leads retreats on local, national, and even international levels.

Read more about Vicki and catch up on other recent sermons on our Summer Guest Preachers page.

Also this Sunday, in response to the devastating flooding in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, we will send monetary offerings not explicitly marked "pledge" to the US Disaster Fund of Episcopal Relief and Development. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Speaking of generosity: many, many, thanks to all who came last Sunday afternoon to celebrate Lisa Russell's amazing life and to support her beloved family. Additional thanks to all of you who helped in many ways behind the scenes, from stuffing worship bulletins to vacuuming the parish hall. Your contributions meant so much and did not go unnoticed.

If you wish to make a financial contribution in loving memory of Lisa, her family has asked that donations be made to Ravenswood Community Services, our Community Kitchen and Food Pantry, at which Lisa was a passionate and faithful volunteer.

Bonnie is headed out to Scotland, returning on September 7th. In the mean time, I am delighted to be around, soaking up these last couple weeks of summer in Chicago. Please do reach out if I can be of any help.


Join us Sunday, September 25 at 9am & 11am for our annual Backpack Blessing service, a vibrant celebration of education in our community, with recognition of the many gifts of our students, parents, teachers, and administrators. This year's preacher will be Anna Pavichevich, principal of Amundsen High School. A slate of panelists will offer thoughts on education during a special 10am coffee hour. This is not to be missed!

Paper Donations Needed! 

Since our September 25th Backpack Blessing is just FOUR weeks away, it's time for our annual collection of a ton--yes, a literal ton!-- of paper for our neighborhood public schools. 

Staples is currently selling cases for $19.99, which is a great price. If you order online, you can simply have it shipped to the church and spare yourself some heavy lifting!

bandgeeksHomecoming Halftime Show

Homecoming for All Saints wouldn't be the same without a halftime show! We are looking for some band geeks to perform a short routine. Whether you play drum, trombone, kazoo, flute, violin, didgeridoo, you can help us put on a show that will be unlike anything you have ever seen. Ability to glide march a 22.5" stride is required (joking).

Please contact Ken Jones if you're interested in joining the band.

October 28 - November 3

Again this year, we are planning a trip to visit our friends at Santa Maria Virgen, and to experience the traditions of Dia de los Muertos. The visit includes a home stay with a parish family and tours of the historic city of Xalapa and outlying areas. But most important are the new friends and enduring memories we will make while we eat, pray, and laugh together.

The total cost per person will be less than $1000 (depending on airfare).

If you would like more information about this trip or just want to learn more about our parish relationship with Santa Maria Virgen, join us in Bonnie's office after the 11:00am service on August 28.

Contact Dave or Karen Howe at 773-539-1124 or if you have any questions.

All Saints' is excited to be a site along the Ravenswood ArtWalk on Saturday, September 10 11:00am-6:00pm and Sunday, September 11 12:00-6:00pm. Our building will be open to visitors curious to explore our amazing historical restoration--and Bonnie is especially excited to offer tours of the bell tower! 

We're looking for volunteers to help welcome guests and answer questions about our gorgeous building and even more vibrant community. (There will be a brochure with talking points!) Shifts will be about 2.5 hours each. Contact Diane Doran if you're interested in participating.

Carpools available

All are invited to the St. Thomas Episcopal Church Homecoming Cookout on Sept. 11! Please join us in this opportunity to get to know parishioners at our southside sister parish.
Carpools are available after the 11 am service to St. Thomas so no need for a car or directions.

The Rev. Fulton Porter said there was no need to bring anything, but feel free if the spirit moves you. The cookout starts at 1 p.m. If you travel to it on your own, the address is: 3801 S. Wabash Ave. If you can be one of the carpool drivers or have any questions, please contact Lynne Marek at 312-656-7933 or or Abby Wentworth Joseph at 732-778-5526 or



Rehearsals resume Sept. 7th

Many thanks to those who sang and played instruments for worship over the summer, I’m excited to announce that the choir season will begin again just after Labor Day! The choir for the 9:00 liturgy meets on the stage at 8:00 am for a rehearsal prior to singing at 9:00. The choir for the 11:00 liturgy meets on Wednesday evenings in the church from 7:30 to 9:00 and gathers again before the 11:00 service each Sunday. Singers for 9:00 are welcome to be part of the Wednesday rehearsals, as well. 

Both choirs will begin singing on Sunday, September 11 when we will commemorate the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Wednesday rehearsals will begin on September 7th. We will begin working on music, not only for each Sunday, but especially for All Saints Sunday on November 6. For more information, please talk to any choir member or contact Scott at If you are interested in singing, it would be great to hear from you whether you can commit to every Sunday or not. I look forward to hearing from you.

-Scott, Church Music Director

Volunteers Needed 

pet blessing

Our annual Pet Blessing will take place on Sunday, October 9th. This year, we are organizing an adoption event and raffle. We're looking for volunteers to be foster animal handlers and raffle ticket sellers. 

If you are interested, please contact Susie Griffith

Sundays at 10am

The phrase Imago Dei means the Image of God. Specifically, the image of God as it is found in humanity. The image of God in us - it is what makes us spiritual people - valued as whole and complete. What does it mean to creatively live as whole people? How do we live in relationship with others - respecting and sharing one another's security and one another's discomfort?

Join us on Sunday mornings between services as we figure out together how to help one another take practical responsibility for living in this world - especially as racial and spiritual beings.

True - our time will be uncomfortable because it will mean talking about race, violence, personal helplessness, and personal failure. Also true - this will be comforting and supportive because it will mean getting to be honest, practicing together, and caring for one another.

Every week we will ask one another "What have you done in these past 7 days with who you are and within your sphere of influence when it comes to the realities of race?" the answers will be different for each person and it won't be a competition. We will be lifting up the everyday choices we make and don't make. Sometimes we will like what happens and sometimes we won't.

And - we will be doing it together.


Get ready for the first annual All Saints' Homecoming! On Saturday, September 24, a day of fun awaits everyone with a flag football game (for kids and adults) with floats and a half-time show, and a Homecoming Dance complete with drinks, dancing, music from the 50s to today--and childcare!

Come home to All Saints', and celebrate the community you'll always be a part of. Visit the Facebook event page for more info and to invite friends! Hosted by your Student Council: Matty Zaradich, Matt Schuneman, Scottie Caldwell, Andrea Garland, Patrick Tucker, and Ben Tyson.


Wednesdays 6:30-9:30pm at St. Chrysostom's, Chicago 

Are you ready to explore your faith more deeply? Education for Ministry (EfM) calls all people to study the Bible, practice Theological Reflection, and understand Church history, in hopes of discerning what God is calling us to do in the world. The Rev. Kevin Goodman (former associate rector of All Saints') mentors a group that meets at St. Chrysostom's Episcopal Church, Chicago, on Wednesdays 6:30-9:30pm beginning September 14. The group includes participants from four different congregations. If you'd like more information, contact Kevin at

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, and the nursery will remain open for 0-4 year-olds from 8:45am-12:15pm all summer. 

Opportunities for Individual Action

Write Letters

Write letters to Senators and Congressmen across the political spectrum and well as Letters to the Editor in varied locations with feedback, thoughts and feelings on issues of importance. It is important that our officials get feedback from across the spectrum. Click here for a list of Representatives and click here for a list of Senators.

Through you can search for a particular cause and browse by area of interest including Advocacy & Human Rights.

Let's talk at Lunch is sponsored by the Evanston/NorthShore YWCA. It offers us to talk through the issue of racism and deepen our understanding by looking at events through a racial equality lens. 

Here is the upcoming schedule and locations:

  • YoFresh Yogurt Cafe, 635 Chicago Ave., Evanston. First Tuesday of the month. 1:30-2:30. September 6.
  • Curt's Cafe, 2922 Central St., Evanston. 2nd Wednesday of the month. 1:30-2:30. September 14
  • Skokie Public Library, Book Discussion Room, 2515 Oakton St., Skokie. 3rd Tuesday of the month.12:00-1:00. September 20
  • YWCA Evanston/NorthShore, 1215 Church St.  Evanston. 3rd Thursday of the month. 12:00-1:00. September 15. [Feel free to bring your lunch]


Here is the upcoming schedule and locations:
  • YoFresh Yogurt Cafe, 635 Chicago Ave., Evanston. First Tuesday of the month. 1:30-2:30. September 6.
  • Curt's Cafe, 2922 Central St., Evanston. 2nd Wednesday of the month. 1:30-2:30. September 14
  • Skokie Public Library, Book Discussion Room, 2515 Oakton St., Skokie. 3rd Tuesday of the month.12:00-1:00. September 20
  • YWCA Evanston/NorthShore, 1215 Church St.  Evanston. 3rd Thursday of the month. 12:00-1:00. September 15. [Feel free to bring your lunch]

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."

Tuesdays 6:15-8:00pm 

Starting this Tuesday, August 23, RCS is looking for individuals and groups to help as dinner servers and post-dinner clean-up helpers on Tuesdays from 6:15-8:00pm.

If you would like to volunteer, contact Emily or Operations Manager Parker Callahan, 
or call 773-769-0282.


The Spirits of Ravenswood will be on Friday, October 21st.
Beverage partners so far include:
Aquanaut Brewing Company
Begyle Brewing
Empirical Brewery
Few Spirits
Half Acre Beer
Koval Distillery
Letherbee Distillers
Metropolitan Brewing 
North Shore Distillery
Spiteful Brewing
The food will be amazing, from the catering crew at the Ravenswood Event Center.
Mark your calendars! You don't want to miss this one.


We want to hear from you!

We are seeking stories to be printed and/or shared at Backpack Blessing on Sunday, September 25.

Tell us your stories about a teacher who has inspired, challenged, or otherwise made a difference in your life. Tell us why you became a teacher. Tell us how your education or the idea of education has shaped you.

Please email us your story in whatever form - (poem, essay, short story, etc) -- to Paula Contey, Emily, or Bonnie by Friday, September 9.

The playgroup that meets on Friday mornings in the nursery is on hiatus for the rest of the summer, and intends to reconvene in September. For questions in the mean time, please reach out to Sarah Mitchell-Mace.

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.

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 You'll be contacted when a need arises and you can sign up to help at your convenience.

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


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