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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Pulpit Swap

The Pulpit Swap between St Thomas and All Saints is part of our ongoing effort to bring our parishes closer together as we engage in a conversation about systemic racism and how we can work together to forge new possibilities and outcomes.

Going Home—Changed

Pulpit Swap Sermon By The Rev Bonnie Perry of All Saints Episcopal Church on October 16, 2016.  

When Prayers Go Unanswered

Pulpit Swap Sermon By The Rev Dr Fulton L Porter celebrating at All Saints Episcopal Church on Oct16 2016.

Dear Friends,

fultonI am honored and delighted that the Rev. Dr. Fulton L. Porter, III, M.D., M.Div., rector of St. Thomas Episcopal Church will be our guest preacher and celebrant this Sunday. I, in turn, will be preaching and celebrating at St. Thomas Church. Fulton is an amazing person with two vocations, he is both a priest and a physician. Here's a bit about Fulton, after reading this I am sure you all will be anxious to hear him preach.

Fulton, born in Mississippi, was raised Roman Catholic. He has an undergraduate degree from Morehouse College and his medical degree is from Northwestern University. He attended medical school on an ROTC scholarship and served as an officer in the United States Army. He was stationed in Georgia, South Carolina and Kuwait. He was honorably discharged from the Army having attained the rank of Major.

Fulton is now the medical director of the Hospitalist Program at the Community Hospital in Munster, IN, in addition to being the Rector of St. Thomas Church. Fulton is also married and has two children, in his spare time-I suspect he sleeps....!

For the last 18 months All Saints and St Thomas have been working on creating a deeper connection between our two congregations. This pulpit switch is one more way for us to get a better sense of each other. Please come and give Fulton a warm welcome. I've told him how much fun we are, please do not disappoint!

This Saturday and Sunday All Saints' will be one of 200 architecturally significant sites featured in OPEN HOUSE Chicago. I cannot tell you how exciting it is to have our church building featured in this prestigious event.

We hope to have several hundred visitors coming through this weekend. Anne Cadigan, who has worked so very hard on this project is in need of a few more people to greet our visitors. Here's when she is in need of volunteers:

* Saturday, 1-3pm
* Saturday, 3-5pm
* Sunday, 12:30-2:45pm
* Sunday, 2:45-5pm

Please contact Anne if you can help! I'll be doing bell tower tours both Saturday and Sunday, so stop by if you've never been to the top of our amazing building!

Lastly please buy your tickets to Spirits of Ravenswood! This is an incredible pairing of wonderful food with pourings from a number of our local breweries and distilleries. We'll also have a number of equally attractive non-alcoholic beverages. Silent auction, photo booth, great dance music all to benefit our community kitchen and food pantry. Please come out and join me and Susan on Friday, October 21 at 7:30.

Enjoy the awesome weather!

All my best,
Please mark your calendars for our amazing All Saints’ Day, Day of the Dead festival on Sunday, November 6th. We’ll be celebrating the nearing completion of our church renovations by placing the church cross on the top peak of our east wall. It’s been more than 40 years since a cross occupied that peak. Our Bishop, Jeff Lee, will be with us as we use a cherry picker to get the bishop and me close enough to bless the newly placed cross! Prior to the cherry picker and cross blessing, we’ll have a parish-wide celebratory lunch and I’m delighted that BS Brass Band will stay with us throughout the lunch and our rooftop-peak liturgies! Come to the 11 o’clock service that morning and enjoy a great lunch and a fun time as we celebrate an unbelievable accomplishment! If you’d like to make a pledge to help us finish this amazing work, please click here.

Congratulations to parishioner and our very own visual historian, Charlie Simokaitis. His photos will appear in this week’s New York Times Magazine in conjunction with an article on former Wheaton College professor, Larycia Hawkins. What a wonderful honor for a man with a stunning ability to capture the essence of most any situation.
If you are new or “newish” to All Saints’ we have several opportunities for you to meet other new people, meet members of our governing council, and learn more about the history, spirituality and whimsical nature of our faith community. Sunday, October 23we’ll have a newcomer brunch at 12:15 at our official “annex”, O’Shaughnessy’s Public house located just west of our parish hall on the corner of Wilson and Ravenswood. We’ll also have a five-week newcomer class that will begin Tuesday, October 25th and run through much of November. Speak with Bonnie or Emily or parishioner, Alex DeMarco if you have questions.
Enjoy this amazing weather! This Sunday, I’ll be preaching and my Australian Shepherd, Izzy, and my miniature, long-haired Dachshund, Owen will be co-officiating....
All my best,


 Saturday October 29th, 10am-2pm

Adult helpers are needed for the All Souls’ Saturday camp on October 29th from 10am to 2pm.  Anyone who would like to help for all or part (morning, afternoon, lunch or clean-up) of that event would be most welcome. 

These special days help to extend our Sunday program and provide the chance for the different age groups to work together on projects that we don’t have time for on Sunday mornings. 

Any members of youth group who would like to help would also be welcome. Please make a donation. Contact Polly Tangora with any questions.

Donations needed!
In our church school most Sundays we serve apple juice to go with snacks. With so many wonderful children coming each Sunday we are going through more than a gallon of juice!

Right now in apple season there are sales. If everyone with a child in church school brought us a gallon of juice we would be set for the whole year.  

Please make a donation. Contact Polly Tangora with any questions.

Tuesdays at 7:30 - 9 pm

Join us for a five week exploration of our identity as a Christian church in the Episcopal tradition and a local church in the city of Chicago. 
We will be meeting from 7:30-9pm in the Reading Room on Tuesdays: 10/29, 11/1, 11/15, 11/22, and 11/29. 
This class is for newcomers and anyone interested in reflecting on our roots or the particular way in which we at All Saints embody the Christian identity. Whether you can come for the whole class, or just a week or two, we'll be happy to have you! 
If you have any questions, contact Alex DeMarco.

Volunteers Needed!

Big news! We are thrilled to announce that All Saints' will be an included site in Open House Chicago 2016, a free event put together by the Chicago Architecture Foundation that takes the public behind the scenes of more than 200 of Chicago's and the near suburb's greatest spaces and places. 
The Open House will take place on October 15th and 16th. We need help signing people in! If you'd like to volunteer please email Anne Cadigan
Share the excitement! The listing for our site online is here.



Please note: The pulpit switch with the Rev. Dr. Fulton Porter III of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Bronzeville has been postponed from September 18 to October 16. 

On Sunday, October 16, Fulton will preach with us at All Saints' while Bonnie preaches at St. Thomas. This exchange is an initiative of the Race Matters team. 

Pre-Baptismal Sessions October 15 and 29 

Our celebration of All Saints' Day on November 6 is quickly approaching! Each year on this special Feast Day, we celebrate the sacrament of baptism. If you would like to have your child baptized this year, please let us know, and plan on attending one of our pre-baptismal sessions on either Saturday October 15 or 29 from 9-10:30am. 

Babies and children - including siblings of little ones being baptized - are entirely welcome at the pre-baptismal sessions!

Adults who wish to be baptized should speak directly with Bonnie or Emily.  


Sunday, October 23 at O'Shaughnessy's 
Are 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, October 23 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!

October 28 - November 4
Again this year, we are planning a trip to visit our friends at Santa María Virgen, and to experience the traditions of Día de los Muertos. The visit includes a home stay with a parish family and tours of the historical 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 airfares).
If you would like more information about this trip or just want to learn more about our parish relationship with Santa María Virgen, catch us during Coffee Hour on Sunday (October 2). We will need to make flight reservations soon so let us know right away if you are interested in this year's trip.
Contact Dave or Karen Howe at 773-539-1124 or via email if you have any questions.

Save these important dates!


We have quite a few updates and announcements about South Sudan!

Save the date - Sunday, November 6 - Bishop Joseph will visit All Saints' for the 9am service, coffee hour and to meet with Atrium III. We hope you will join us.

AFRECS Conference in Des Moines, Iowa, October 21 - 23. Bishop Joseph and other South Sudanese leaders will be at the conference to speak about what is happening in South Sudan. We've been asked to present about our long standing partnership with the Renk Diocese and St. Peter Church in Geiger with Father Isaac. Thank you Julie Donalek, for giving this presentation and representing us. I encourage others to attend the conference, especially since it is "local" this year rather than being in Virginia. Reach out to Abigail Sylvester if you have questions or would like to attend. 

Sunday, September 25 at 3:30pm!

All Saints' Youth Group (ASYG) kicked off last Sunday, September 11th. Here's the calendar of dates for the rest of Fall 2016:
  • Oct 9 and 23
  • Nov 6 and 20 
  • Dec 4 and 11
As in past years, we will meet from 3:30-7:30 on these dates in the Parish Hall (unless we indicate otherwise). 

Please contact Hilary Waldron via email or 773-484-3829 if you have any questions or concerns.



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.


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.

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. October 4.
  • Curt's Cafe, 2922 Central St., Evanston. 2nd Wednesday of the month. 1:30-2:30. October 12
  • Skokie Public Library, Book Discussion Room, 2515 Oakton St., Skokie. 3rd Tuesday of the month.12:00-1:00. October 18
  • YWCA Evanston/NorthShore, 1215 Church St.  Evanston. 3rd Thursday of the month. 12:00-1:00. October 18. [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."

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

Tuesdays 6:15-8:00pm 


RCS is looking for help serving and cleaning up after dinner on Tuesdays from 6:15-8:00pm.
If you're able to volunteer, contact Emily or Operations Manager Parker Callahan, or call 773-769-0282.


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.

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.

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.

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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Pulpit Swap

The Pulpit Swap between St Thomas and All Saints is part of our ongoing effort to bring our parishes closer together as we engage in a conversation about systemic racism and how we can work together to forge new possibilities and outcomes.

Going Home—Changed

Pulpit Swap Sermon By The Rev Bonnie Perry of All Saints Episcopal Church on October 16, 2016.  

When Prayers Go Unanswered

Pulpit Swap Sermon By The Rev Dr Fulton L Porter celebrating at All Saints Episcopal Church on Oct16 2016.

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