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Come to Harvest Festival Oct. 13-15

JOIN US as we celebrate the blessings of the harvest season and our call to serve the community. Harvests have been celebrated since man began to cultivate the land and gather in a harvest of the crops planted. Harvest festivals typically feature feasting, music, and religious ceremonies to celebrate the end of an intense period of work in the fields. Preparations are underway. All are welcome!more...

Join the Conversation Sat., Sept. 30

An open discussion on racism, poverty, and gun violence led by the Rev. Julian DeShazier at St. James Commons, 65 E. Huron, will be hosted by the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago and its Peace and Justice and Antiracism Committees on Saturday, September 30, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. DeShazier is senior pastor of University Church, Chicago and is also a hip-hop artist known as J.Kwest. MORE INFORMATION HEREmore...

NEW Adult Forum Series

This fall, St. Chrysostom’s Adult Forum will feature distinguished speakers on the history and causes of mass incarceration in our country: on the harm it has caused especially in African-American communities, and on some of the efforts to improve the criminal justice that are now underway in Illinois and elsewhere.  more...

Fall Kickoff Sunday, Sept. 10

We begin a new season of formation programs for all ages Sunday, Sept. 10. We look forward to welcoming everyone—familiar, new-ish, and new—as our community re-forms for worship, spiritual growth, and service to our neighbors. Learn more at any of our three regular Sunday services—at 8, 9 & 11 a.m.—complimentary valet parking available.more...

The Trinity is a Trick Question

Long ago, my father’s family attended the church in rural Iowa where his grandfather was senior pastor. One week, his Sunday School teacher asked the class to tell her what the Trinity was; foolishly thinking the Pastor’s grandson would give an excellent answer to that question, she called on Dad. He answered without missing a beat: “It means that God is two-faced.” Needless to say, she sent him out to sit in the hallway. more...

In the Loop

Sermon by the Rt. Rev'd. Dr. Stephen Platten — There’s something faintly embarrassing about admitting I remember when the film of the musical Calamity Jane was first released. It’s particularly embarrassing when I tell you that Doris Day, the star of the film has just passed the milestone of her ninety-fifth birthday! I feel like a dinosaur. The music from Calamity Jane was of a high quality, but more to the point, it was also the first I learnt of this great metropolis on the shores of Lake Michigan. One of the songs was, of course, Just Blew in From the Windy City. It paints a wonderful picture of mid-nineteenth century Chicago. The song contrasts this place’s vitality with the pioneer country, even the hillbilly life of the cowboy locals of Kansas.more...

Christ Will Come Again

Sermon by the Rev. Roger Ferlo — It’s relatively easy to celebrate redemption on Easter Day. But it’s harder and harder to sustain the Easter spirit as Sunday passes into Sunday. It’s especially hard in these latter days, when for many people the days are shadowed by uncertainty and anxiety about where the country or where the world is headed, no matter where we find ourselves on the political spectrum.more...

Interrupting a Perfectly Good Cry

“But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look inside the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. They said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping?’” (John 20: 11-13a) more...

Guilty as Charged

When Jesus enters the holy city of Jerusalem atop his trusty steed, it’s to cheers and cries of “Make Israel great again.” It’s a demonstration, a march, a rally. There’s no doubt this event has political, religious, and economic implications. But there is ambiguity here: is this a military coup or is it a peace demonstration? Is this about civil disobedience a la Henry David Thoreau or is this about religious reformation a la Martin Luther? Is Jesus making a run for president here or is he lampooning the whole politico-religious system? Think of the great prophet Moses delivering the people from the oppression of Pharaoh—or the great King David fighting against Goliath and defeating the Philistines. There were ancient symbolic resonances of Jesus’ action here.more...

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