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 10:00 a.m.

Sun., Feb. 27 | 10:00 a.m.

Parish forum with U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky 

Our parish forum on Sun., Feb. 27 at 10:00 a.m. with be with Rep. Jan Schakowsky, our representative in the U.S. House. She will talk with us about legislation currently before Congress. Rep. Schakowsky has been a member of the House since 1999.


Sun., Mar. 6 | 10:00 a.m. 

Desert Spirituality: Solitude & Solidarity

Christ in his temptation, the desert fathers/mothers of the early Church, and spiritual writers such as Terrry Tempest Williams have this in common:  they spend time in solitude but remain in solidarity with their people and their traditions. ​Facilitator: Richard Kieckhefer


Sun., Mar. 13 |10:00 a.m.

The Poetry of Lent

There is a rich and diverse history of poetry on the joys and struggles of Lent. Themes of waiting, pain and darkness predominate. Hope, sometimes, get to have a say as well. Please join us for a discussion of Lent-themed poems by Gerard Manley Hopkins, Langston Hughes, Madeleine L'Engle and others. Facilitators: Aron Dunlap & Pauline Sachar

Sun., Mar. 20 |10:00 a.m.

Who do you say that I am? (Mark 8:27)

Fellow parishioner Miguel Díaz and Professor of theology at Loyola University Chicago will lead a discussion on biblical and contemporary understandings of Jesus. He will invite us to reconsider the question that Jesus poses to his disciples: "Who do you say that I am" (Mk. 8:27). Díaz has a forthcoming book titled Queer God de AmorThis forum is the first of a two-part series. Later in the year we plan to organize a discussion group focused on his book.

Sun., Mar. 27 |10:00 a.m.

Saint Leonard’s Ministries

Representatives from Saint Leonard’s Ministries will talk with us about their work with formerly incarcerated men and women and the support they receive from the Episcopal diocese. They are expecting to bring alumni of Saint Leonard’s House to join them in speaking with us.