Upcoming Parish Forums

Atonement organizes a number of parish forums to explore our common faith, expand our thinking, and examine our place in God's creation. Please join us for these forums held on Sundays at 10 a.m.

July 17

Taylor Walters-Chapman

Sarah’s Circle

Our parish has been involved for some time with this Chicago-based organization, which “provides a full continuum of services for women, including housing, life necessities, and supportive services, to help them permanently end their homelessness.”  Come and hear more about this side of Atonement’s outreach from a speaker who works at Sarah’s Circle–and at Second City!


July 24

Richard Kieckhefer

Stained Glass and Sacred Art at Atonement

Why exactly is there a snake on the West window of the church? Why is there a waxing moon on one window but a waning moon on another?  What’s going on with the particularly beautiful window in the north transept?  Why is Jesus shown suffering on some crucifixes but triumphant on others? Come to the forum and hear answers to all these questions and more!


July 31

Susanne Sklar

Happy Apocalypse

The Book of Revelation is not all doom and gloom. Far from it, the last book of the Bible offers the promise of renewal, a new heaven and a new earth. Susanne Sklar is celebrated as a Blake scholar, but her work at Oxford exposed her also to the latest thinking about this provocative book of the Bible.


Aug. 7

Jiane Shi

The Spirit of Buddhist Meditation

Christians who practice contemplative prayer are often deeply aware of related practices in other religious traditions, especially Buddhism. Jiane Shi is a Buddhist nun from Taiwan who holds a doctorate from Northwestern and is well positioned to help us understand the spirit of meditation from a Buddhist perspective.


Aug. 21

Barbara Newman

Modern Saints of the Resistance

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Simone Weil, Maria Skobtsova, Oscar Romero, and others have in their various ways modeled heroic resistance to unjust and brutal authority. Resistance to injustice is always needed—and those of us who are not called to heroic resistance can be inspired by those who are so called.