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, 

Tomorrow at 11:00 am we will offer a service of Hope and Remembrance for parishioner Yvette Hernandez, who died after a five-year struggle with melanoma. Yvette leaves behind her husband Jason, her 4-year-old son Sam and many, many broken hearts. Here's a link if you'd like to donate and help alleviate some of the family's medical expenses. Thank you so very much to everyone who has jumped in and assisted with Yvette's service and reception.

On Sunday the 22nd, we'll have our congregational annual meeting. Since we will be gathering two days after the presidential inauguration, it is possible that the mood and tone of the meeting may be somewhat somber and reflective. We'll still have our amazing year-in-review slide show and recognize outstanding volunteers, but we'll also provide, (amidst the doing of our church business) a space and time for us to reflect on the year that has been and what we hope and fear may come in 2017. I invite you, if you are in town, to please come. We'll be done with all of our reflecting, thanking and voting by noon and you will leave, fed, hopefully both physically and spiritually.

I'm looking forward to seeing you this Sunday. It will be a "normal" day: I'll be preaching and Emily, Colin and I will be leading us in prayer: sung, written and spoken.

All my best,

If you have made a financial pledge supporting our mission and ministry for 2017-THANK YOU! If you have not yet done so, I invite you to give generously, because there is much God is calling us to do in the fragile world of our. Here's the link to pledge.


stewpartySaturday, January 7, from 6-9pm in the Rectory

We invite you to join Bonnie and her spouse Susan Harlow, along with the members of our vestry, for dinner and conversation Saturday evening.

This is a low-key event in which you may eat some wonderful food specially prepared by Joe Harnden and members of the vestry and congregation, meet new people, and hear about our hopes for our ministries in 2017. Childcare will be provided.

Looking forward to an inspiring year in 2017! If you haven't already done so, please click here to make your 2017 pledge to support our ministries.

Saturday, January 14 from 2pm-6pm

epiphanyChildren ages 4 to 9 are invited to an Epiphany Day on Saturday, January 14th from 2pm to 6pm at All Saint's Church in celebration of the seasons of Christmas and Epiphany. Please note this time change from the original schedule!

We will gather in the Parish Hall at 2pm. The day will include reflections on prophecies of the Messiah and Gospel readings telling of the birth of Christ, with candle decorating, spaghetti lunch, singing, and simple crafts to reflect on the season.

We are also looking for some older children (10+) to assist with the day, especially in preparing the liturgy for the end of the day.

Please R.S.V.P. to Polly Tangora (773-878-7118 or by Wednesday, January 11th if your child would like to attend or assist so that we can plan for food and materials.

We may not be able to accept reservations for more than 20 children, so please call to reserve as soon as possible. Friends and neighbors (4 to 9 years-old) are welcome to join us. We ask for a $5.00 fee per child to cover the cost of materials and lunch.

Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 10am

After some in-depth discussion, the vestry and staff have decided it is appropriate to hold our Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 22 at 10:00 am. It is our hope that with the inauguration taking place on Friday, January 20, and many, many people marching in Washington and here in Chicago on Saturday the 21st that Sunday would be an appropriate day to respond to the inauguration and build upon the protests and move forward as a congregation articulating and enacting the Gospel values, of inclusion, welcome and care for all people. All. All. All.

Look for more details in the coming weeks. If you are in town please plan on joining us at 10 o'clock (immediately following the 9 o'clock worship service).

In the course of our annual meeting - in addition to plotting our course for the next year - we will review this past year's finances, approve a 2017 operating budget, recognize some amazing leaders and volunteers in our congregation and elect a co-warden (co-president of the governing council) and new vestry members.

If you are interested in serving on our vestry (the congregations' governing council) please contact one of our wardens, Anne Cadigan or Karen Schrage or Bonnie. Each term is three years in length. Vestry members attend monthly meetings, pray for each other and the needs of the world, meet monthly with one or two parishioners whom they do not yet know, as well as leading, planning and assisting with a variety of programs and events.

To run for vestry you must have been a regular worship attender for the past 6 months, a known financial contributor to our operating budget, and at least 16 years of age.

breadbakersSignup online to bake for a month

Calling all bakers! If you love the smell of fresh-baked bread filling your kitchen, please consider signing up to bake communion bread for our services. This involves a one-month commitment that you'll share with another baker, and you can do all your baking at once and add to the reserves in our freezer.

Signing up is easy, just click here for our page on Signup Genius and reserve your favorite month.

Contact Jennifer Simokaitis, or Anne Ellis if you have any questions.

Sundays at 2pm

breakersbibleWe are very excited to announce that every Sunday at 2:00 pm, All Saints' offers something new at the Breakers - An Evening Prayer Service! Our first event was Sunday, December 4th, and went marvelously well - we had 13 attendees! Folks are very pleased that there's a Protestant service being offered in addition to the current choices (which are Catholic and Moody Bible.) The Prayer Service itself is printed in large print and in bulletin style with scripture taken each week from the Common Lectionary.

The weekly service starts at 2:00 pm, upstairs on the second floor Meditation Room, and lasts about 15 minutes. Please contact Paul Mallatt if you have questions, or comments at 773-860-4649. When you can, stop by the Breakers (5333 N Sheridan Rd) where the parking is free (for 2 hours), the coffee is hot, and the folks are friendly!

Volunteer Opportunities, Events, and Recommendations

Suggested reading: Non-fiction 
NOBODY, Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, From Ferguson to Flint and Beyond, by Marc Lamont Hill, African-American studies professor and political commentator. In the NYT Book Review (9/2/16), Bijan Stephen says “It examines the interlocking mechanisms that systematically disadvantage 'those marked as poor, black, brown, immigrant, queer, or trans’ " and calls it "a worthy and necessary addition to the contemporary canon of civil rights literature.” 
Suggested reading: fiction 
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. From the book jacket: "In Whitehead’s ingenious conception the Underground Railroad is not a metaphor—engineers and conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the southern soil“ — an adventure tale of one woman’s ferocious will to escape the horrors of slavery as well as a powerful meditation on the history that we all share. Recommended by reviewer Juan Gabriel Vásquez who called it "a brave and necessary book.” (NYT Book Review, 8/5/16).
Volunteer opportunity:
Non-profit Reading In Motion has successfully refined its mission over its 30+ years to help give kindergarten and first grade students foundational reading skills they need to start on a path for lifetime learning. They partner with public school teachers and have been extremely successful in making a difference in children’s lives.  Click here for more info. 


Yard Signs Available 

Grow Community has created yard signs for anyone who would like to display support for our local public high schools. Signs and sign holders are available in the Reading Room.



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.

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


Information about pastoral care.


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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