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,

Some of you may have seen the incredibly powerful article in the New York Times, "Fraying at the Edges" by N. R. Kleinfield. This piece profiles a woman who has been recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's. The author makes the point that many of us have an image of what an individual looks like at the end stage of this disease, but very little has been written about individuals who are early on in the process. I was so struck by the article I decided a couple of weeks ago that I wanted to use it as a basis for a sermon. So that is what I will be doing this Sunday.

Then, as providence would have it, last week at our newcomer brunch, I was privileged to sit next to a new couple, Ben and Robyn Ferguson. In the course of conversation Ben mentioned to me that he and his wife Robyn have moved from Texas to Chicago to be with their daughter and grandchildren. He went on to say that they made the move not long after he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. I did a double take as Ben matter-of-factly mentioned this to me. We talked more and then his wife Robyn said that they have written and told their story to thousands of people. That's when I decided that for sure I was going to try to create a sermon on dementia, love, loss, and life. I told Robyn and Ben what I had been planning and then later met with them. In our later conversation I was struck by their poise, steadfastness, and abiding desire to be advocates for all people and families living with dementia.

I know a number of us have family members who are living with some form of dementia. And on more then one occasion I have said, or heard someone else wonder aloud about the condition of their own memory. Fear of this disease is in our collective psyches. So let's fasten our seat belts. I'm going to do some preaching on the topic, and then following the 9 o'clock worship service let's gather in the Reading Room for conversation. Ben and Robyn have graciously offered to tell a bit of their story and entertain some of the hard honest questions we may have about Alzheimer's and dementia.

The question that I will wrestle with in the course of the sermon is the one I find myself most frequently wrestling with: "Where is God in this?" Come, let's pray and talk and have some conversation.

On a completely different topic-I'd love for all of us to make a note of and mark off the 23rd and 24th of September. The 24th will be our annual Backpack Blessing and on Saturday, September 23 the vestry has decided that very little would be more fun then throwing a good old-fashioned "Homecoming Dance." There have been rumors about decorated wagons as floats and having a mini-parade. Nothing is completely set, but what I do know is we are planning a very entertaining weekend in the Fall and I wanted to get it out and about so as many of you as possible will be able to join us for the festivities. Shall we have a football game? Or maybe an ultimate frisbee game is more our style... homecoming king-queen? Who knows the sky is the limit! Let me or Matt Schuneman or Matty Zaradich (Student Council Co-Presidents) if you'd like to help!

We've started work on the South wall of our church! The new bathroom in the rectory is finished and Spring may finally have arrived. Enjoy the weekend!

I'll be preaching and celebrating, Scott and the choir will be creating some wonderful music and Emily will be enjoying some time away.

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