Upcoming Programs

We offer Adult Education programs that challenge us spiritually and intellectually, deepen our individual faiths, and develop deeper relationships with fellow Christians.

Kenilworth Union Church has long supported impactful outreach work across Greater Chicago. One of these remains our Centennial Scholar Fund, initiated the year of Kenilworth Union’s centennial celebration in 1992 when a group of families pooled their financial contributions to being funding of local seminary students focused on urban ministry in our city’s most challenged areas. Presently, we are providing scholarship assistance to four seminary scholars at various Chicago-area seminaries.

In conjunction with the Adult Education Committee, the Centennial Scholar Committee encourages you to join us Monday, April 25 at 7 p.m. in the Culbertson Room, or livestream, as two of our scholars talk about their studies, their work, and how the Church’s scholarship made a difference.

Nelson Sinchi graduated form Catholic Theological Union and now serves in a hospital chaplain training program.

Reverend Damon Smith graduated from McCormick Theological Seminary and currently works as Community Outreach Director for CHANGE Illinois.

You’re Invited…November 3–6

“In recent years Kathy and I have led pilgrimages to sacred sites like Jerusalem and Edinburgh. Please join us for a journey to equally holy shrines on American soil.”  —Reverend Bill Evertsberg

Lent in Your Backyard Devotional

Thursdays, for six weeks beginning March 2

The season of Lent may be a time to give something up; it may also be a time to look at something anew. The Kenilworth Union Church Adult Educational Committee and its Green Team invite you to join them for six weekly devotionals, beginning on Ash Wednesday, March 2, focusing on how we are called to be good stewards of God’s Creation. Each week’s devotional will be posted on the website and shared in the eNews. The devotionals contain invitations to read, reflect, pray, and take positive steps to be good stewards of the earth. Discover how caring for God’s Creation may begin in your own home or backyard.

Week 1 March 2–8

Week 2 March 9–15

Week 3 March 16–22

Week 4 March 23–29

Week 5 Mar. 30–Apr. 5

Week 6 April 5–13

Holy Week and Easter

Hybrid—Bible Read Along

Join Christine Hides for Wednesday Bible Study
Wednesdays, 9:15–10 a.m. April 20–May 25, 2022

New participants welcome! On Wednesday, April 20 our group will begin a six-week study of Paul’s letter to the Philippians. Using Cynthia Campbell’s guide, we will explore the importance of community, Christian joy, unity, and hospitality. All are welcome to attend the entire series or drop in as you are able. There is no homework or reservation required. If you have been meaning to read through an entire book of the Bible, this is a great place to start! Contact Christine Hides for additional information.

Join us in the Centennial Room or connect to class here.

Adult Education—Women’s Bible Study

Wednesdays, 12:45–2:30 p.m. March 2–May 4, 2022

Women’s Bible Study is an in house group that meets for a ten-week Bible Study from Beth Moore, Fruit of the Spirit, the study of the fruit of the Holy Spirit as presented in the book of Galatians. Please contact Carolyn Armstrong for more information about ordering the workbook and participating with the group.

Daily Lenten Devotional

Devotional from Katie Snipes Lancaster and Christine V. Hides

The 40 days of Lent prepare us to receive the story of Easter. We are made ready by the journey, day by day laying the groundwork for transformation. In the season of Lent, we draw near to the story of Jesus’ life in order to hold the mystery of his death, resurrection and promises of new life. Christine Hides and Katie Lancaster will offer a Lenten devotional called Circle the Stories: Parables of the Great Parabler.

They circled all the parables in the Gospel of Luke, in which Jesus offers 38 different tangible, mystery-laden (mystic?) stories of everyday objects and human encounters that push us to see the divine in life-transforming ways. Sign up to receive this daily devotional in your email inbox or follow along on social media.

Five Part Series—In Person or Online
Once a Month—Mondays at 7 p.m. or Thursdays at Noon

The Racial Justice Committee invites you to participate in an upcoming dialogue series beginning in January, Sacred Ground. This series, developed by the national Episcopal church and held in conjunction with our neighbors at Church of the Holy Comforter, will invite our two communities to participate in a conversation about race.

Does God Exist? Want to find out? Or offer your opinion? In September, Bill Evertsberg will begin a new study group to look at Hans Küng’s 1980 theological tour de force Does God Exist? It’s not for the faint of heart, but if you want to join a small group of other Kenilworth Union seekers, contact Bill to let him know of your interest of joining. We’ll meet monthly and take six or eight sessions to get through the book, taking turns moderating the discussion. The free books are gone but there’s space for you in the group!

The first meeting is Monday, September 20 at 7 p.m. in the Culbertson Room.

Past Programs

Monday, March 14 at 7 p.m. in the Culbertson Room

In response to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, Kenilworth Union’s Adult Education committee is offering an event on Monday, March 14 at 7 p.m.: “Understanding the Crisis in Ukraine.” Join us in the Culbertson Room or livestream to hear from three speakers:

  • Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins will share a brief history of Ukraine
  • Kateryna Biloshapka, is a Ukrainian student here, whose Grandmother and mother are trapped in Nikolaev, Ukraine
  • Hilary Scott, board chair for the UNICEF USA Midwest Region, will present UNICEF’s response to the humanitarian crisis

7–9 p.m. in the Culbertson Room
Cocoon: Tuesday, March 8

Join fellow Kenilworth Union members and art therapist and art explorer, Mignon Dupepe for an evening of art making, discussion, and connection.  No artistic skill is required to participate—just an interest in exploring art processes for expression and growth and opportunities to connect with others. Please register.

My Neighbor’s Prayer: The Vocabulary of Blessing as Common Bond

Monday – Friday Devotional from Katie Snipes Lancaster

A devotional teaching us the importance of our neighbors. If you’re new to devotionals and would like a Monday through Friday morning devotional from Katie please register here.

Hybrid—An Epiphany Bible Read Along

Wednesdays, 9:15–10 a.m. January 5–February 23, 2022

We will begin on Wednesday, January 5 with a eight-week series of  An Epiphany at 9:15 a.m. in the Centennial Room and online. We will use the Gospel text from the Revised Common lectionary the Sunday prior. To view the lectionary texts in advance, please visit Vanderbilt’s website. All are welcome to attend the entire series or drop in as you are able. There is no homework or reservation required. Contact Christine Hides for additional information.

Connect to class here.

The Story of Judah and his Family in Genesis

Online Tuesdays, 7 p.m. January 4–25, 2022

The story of Joseph and his brothers is one of the most beloved of the Bible. Our study will shift the focus to the other major player, Joseph’s brother Judah. He sold Joseph into enslavement, fathered a child with his daughter-in-law, and in the process became an ancestor of kings David and Jesus. As we look at his transformation, we can talk about persuasion, character, and unity, hopeful topics for our troubled time.

Paul Koptak

We welcome Paul Koptak to Kenilworth Union Church. Paul will guide us for four weeks in study and conversation of the Old Testament.

Paul grew up in New Jersey, taught communication and Old Testament in Chicago at North Park Seminary, and loves living the retired life in Waynesville. Paul is an ordained minister of the Evangelical Covenant Church and a volunteer chaplain at Haywood Pathways Center.

Study Notes

Connect to the online Story of Judah and his Family in Genesis here.

The Christmas Story Unmashed—Hybrid Advent Bible Read Along

Wednesdays, 9:15–10 a.m. December 1–22, 2021

All are welcome Wednesdays for the story of Jesus’ birth we know by heart is often a “mashup” of the gospels of Luke and Matthew embellished with animals from our imagination. During Advent we will “unmash” the narrative by reading the beginning of one of the four gospels each week. No preparation is required as we will read together and then discuss. Grab a warm cup of coffee or tea and join us online or in the Centennial Room. Please let Christine Hides know you are interested.

Connect to Bible Read Along.

Stephen Ray at Sukkat Shalom

“In honor of Rabbi Gordon’s retirement this coming June, Sukkat Shalom is putting together a series of speakers for the year that he has had a special connection with and who have spoken at our congregation in the past. Stephen Ray is a wonderful speaker and his topics are of interest to all.” 

Conversations with Rabbi Gordon, Guest Scholar Series: Dr. Stephen G. Ray, Jr.” on Sunday, November 14 at 7 p.m. Livestream will be on Sukkat Shalom’s website or YouTube Channel.

Stephen has written and lectured broadly in the areas of Systematic Theology, African American religion, human rights and the intersection of religion and politics, and his current work focuses on reinvigorating the public square as a place for all and reclaiming a vital expression of progressive religion in that project.

Adult Education Visits the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre

photo from Chicago Shakespeare Theatre

Sunday November 7
Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. in the Culbertson Room
Matinee at 2 p.m.

“Peace, Love, and Rock and Roll!”  Join Kathy and Bill Evertsberg for Chicago Shakespeare Theatre production of As You Like It. Come experience Shakespeare’s romantic comedy infused with music of the Beatles. Pre-theater lunch and discussion at Kenilworth Union Church prior to departure on you own to the matinee performance. We currently have 12 tickets reserved for this in person event.

For more information or to secure a ticket, please email Kathy Evertsberg.

Learn from Mark “Chaps” Schimmelpfennig about Moral Injury—what is it, how might it occur, how does it interact with PTSD, and what is a program for healing.

Mark “Chaps” Schimmelpfennig is the Staff Chaplain at the Rush University Medical Center Road Home Program, Center of Excellence for Veterans and Families. 

We welcome Mark “Chaps” Schimmelpfennig on Tuesday, November 9 at 7 p.m. in the Culbertson Room and online.

Click here to connect to this presentation.

Wednesdays, 9:15–10 a.m. September 15–November 17, 2021

The burning bush, the parting of the Red Sea, wandering in the wilderness—in this ten week study we will explore well known stories and “pivotal moments” in the first 15 chapters of Exodus. Walter Brueggemann’s new book, Deliverance Out of Empire, will guide us as we approach this fascinating text seeking to make sense of God’s transformative power in the midst of systems of domination and oppression. All are welcome to participate in this hybrid group. Please let Christine Hides know you are interested.

Tuesday, October 12 with Bill Evertsberg
Monday, October 25 with Sara Spoonheim Amit and Jims Porter

Two-part Speaker Series Adult Education on Refugees: On Tuesday, October 12, Bill Evertsberg will discuss scriptural background on how to receive refugees, and some history on the American welcome of refugees and immigrants. On Monday, October 25, Sara Spoonheim Amit, Director of Development and Jims Porter, Communications and Advocacy Manager, both from the non-profit Outreach agency RefugeeOne, will discuss how to get involved in service to refugee families.

Please join the Racial Justice Committee online next Monday, October 4 at 7 p.m. Learn about the holistic ways Christian organizations are working collaboratively to reduce violence and save lives. The presenters are Cliff Nellis, founder of the Lawndale Christian Legal Center and Yolanda Fields, Executive Director of Breakthrough.

Click here to watch the livestream event from Monday, October 4, 2021.

Varied days and times beginning the week of June 20

We will read about 50 or 60 pages each week from Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson and a facilitator from our congregation will prepare questions to consider and discuss. Sessions will be for six weeks and start the week of June 20. Please register for your preferred time.

Hidden Stories of the North Shore

This is a two-part event: a “Before the Walk” series of four online discussions to raise awareness of the history of race in our neighborhoods, followed by a community walk. Registration required

Wednesday, May 26, 7 p.m. Before the Walk: History
Wednesday, June 2, 7 p.m Before the Walk: Houses of Worship
Wednesday, June 9, 7 p.m Before the Walk: Education
Wednesday, June 16, 7 p.m Before the Walk: Community Action
Saturday, June 19, 9–10 a.m. HEROS Community Walk

Getting to Yes, And Podcast



Hosted by Kelly Leonard, Executive Director, Insights + Applied Improvisation, “Getting to Yes, And” features conversations with writers, thinkers, and business leaders who are using creativity to challenge conventional business approaches. A Second Citizen for over 30 years, Kelly is the co-author of “Yes, And,” a book that explores the power of improvisation to transform businesses and individuals.

Click here for podcast

Podcast with guest Ai-jen Poo of applying “yes and” principles of improv as a care giver, particularly for those with dementia.

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Dr. Sylvia Smith runs Giant Steps, an organization designed to provide vocational and educational services to individuals with Autism. Nick Johne is a longtime Second City actor and teacher who developed our Improvisation for Autism program.

Wednesdays at 9:15 a.m., February 17–May 26

All are invited to drop in as you are able to read select Psalms explore their poetry. The Rev. Christine V. Hides leads this Adult Education program.

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Online Spring Environmental and Racial Justice Speaker Series

Mondays, April 19, 26, and May 10 at 7 p.m.

Environmental Justice: Connecting the Dots This event will be co-sponsored by the Racial Justice Committee and Kenilworth Union’s Green Team, and will feature two speakers from Faith in Place—the not-for-profit organization which advises church-based Green Teams nationally.

Youth Guidance’s BAM (Becoming a Man) and WOW (Working on Womanhood) Programs This event will focus on the impact of COVID-19 on students in at-risk, under-served communities, and the rapid changes that BAM and WOW have had to undertake to support these students. This event will be led by Scott Myers and John Raitt, both past board chairs of Youth Guidance (one of the agencies supported by Kenilworth Union’s Outreach), and Susan Bondurant, a member of the WOW advisory board.

Martin Luther King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail Bill Evertsberg will lead a discussion of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s. famous letter. All of the three-part speaker series will be organized around a quotation from this letter: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

Parent Gatherings: Good for Grandparents, Aunts, and Uncles too!

Holy Listening Stones a Tool for Engaging Children in Spiritual Conversations
Parents, grandparents, and all those who work with children are invited to join Rev. Dr. Leanne Hadley, the creator of Holy Listening Stones for an online presentation. Holy Listening Stones are a tool to help children put their feelings, insights and thoughts into words. They also help adults to remember to listen to what children express.

March 4, 7:30 p.m. The Hopeful Family Book Part I: Book Discussion
Register to join us online for a casual discussion on spiritual practices from the book, The Hopeful Family: Raising Resilient Children in Uncertain Times. You do not need to have read the book to attend

March  11,  7:30 p.m. The Hopeful Family Part II: Author Discussion

The author of The Hopeful Family: Raising Resilient Children in Uncertain Times will join us for a conversation about cultivating hope. Weaving together story, data and traditional Christian practices, Richardson Dress will share insights about how parents and kids alike can live with meaning even in the pressures of our time.
Amelia Richardson Dress is a writer, pastor, parent and passionate advocate for children. In addition to ministry, Amelia has worked in Human Services and Education. She especially enjoys the intersection between these fields. She’s written for national magazines including Parents, Children’s Ministry and Exchange. You can find her online at

Living and Listening Well Through Lent Devotional Group

Tuesdays at 9 a.m., February 23–March 30

A new discussion group who reads and discusses select devotionals written by a  diverse group of writers for the Living Well Through Lent downloadable booklet. Lent is a time for introspection and self-reflection, a time to reflect on the core of what it means to live a Christian life in the midst of great change and uncertainty. When facing change and uncertainty, few practices are more central to that life than listening—listening to ourselves, listening to others, and listening to God. Download the free devotional here.

Connect to the class here.

Speaker Series from the Racial Justice Committee

Mondays, January 25, February 1, and 8 at 7  p.m.

Classes were recorded and can be found on under the Adult Education Playlist

Monday, January 25 at 7 p.m. Todd Maxman, New Trier Social Studies Faculty, will present on “Race on the North Shore: Some Local History in Our Community and in Our Schools.” Moderator is Scott Meyers, Racial Justice Committee.

Monday, February 1 at 7 p.m. Robin Steinberg, CEO of The Bail Project, will do a presentation on “Reimagining Justice in America.” Moderator is George Wishart, Kenilworth Union Board of Trustees.

Monday, February 8 at 7 p.m.  Rabbi Samuel Gordon of the Congregation Sukkat Shalom in Wilmette will lead a book discussion on Isabel Wilkerson’s book Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents. Moderators are Bill Evertsberg, Kenilworth Union Senior Minister and Dana Connell, Co-Chair Racial Justice Committee.

End Plastic Pollution Discussion

Wednesday, February 3 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Register here

Join the Green Team and other community and faith teams in a discussion. The focus will be on the problem of single-use plastics, framed by the movie The Story of Plastic, and how we can be part of the solution, framed by the Shedd Aquarium’s new initiative Let’s Shedd Plastic. Registrants for the February 3 discussion will receive a link to screen the movie “The Story of Plastic” approximately two weeks before the discussion, which may be viewed on your own anytime before the February 3 discussion.

This discussion is co-hosted by local community Go Green groups and faith house Green Teams.

Sunday, January 17 from 2–4 p.m.

Join the Racial Justice Committee for an anti-racism workshop to assess and honor Dr. King’s legacy in our community by learning to take action on how we can achieve Dr. King’s Beloved Community here in New Trier Township. Choose from five breakout rooms, each group will report their findings during the wrap up presentation. Click here for more information and registration.

Isabel Wilkerson, Photo by Joe Henson

Tuesday, January 12 from 6–7:30 p.m.

Join the RJC at a virtual presentation with Isabel Wilkerson, renowned interpreter of the human condition, gives MLK Commemoration and discussion with Regina Dixon-Reeves, Assistant Provost, livestream from the University of Chicago. Click here for more information.

Virtual: The Artist’s Way

Wednesday Mornings September 16–December 9

Join Leslie Holling and Laura Sterkel for twelve virtual classes to nurture self discovery through journaling. No writing experience needed—in fact those without experience may have the greatest delight. Class begins the morning of Wednesday, September 16.

Please click here for more information.

Virtual Social Justice Program

Monday, December 14 at 7 p.m.

The Racial Justice Committee would like to share that the Family Action Network (FAN) will be presenting a virtual program on Monday, December 14 at 7 p.m. where Alicia Garza (one of the founders of Black Lives Matter) will discuss her new book, The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart. She will be interviewed by Liz Dozier, Founder and CEO of Chicago Beyond. Those interested are required to register on the FAN website.

Thursday, November 19

The Color of Law: the Illinois Holocaust Museum will be presenting a free virtual program on Thursday, November 19 at 6:30 p.m. where Richard Rothstein will discuss his book, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America. Those interested can register on the Museum’s website.

Please contact Dana Connell, Co-Chair RJC with your questions.

Adult Education—Wednesday Morning Online Bible Study

Wednesdays, November 11 & 18

Christine Hides will lead  two sessions on “The Book of Jonah: Diving Deeper into a Familiar Story”

Click here at 9:15 a.m. to join this class.

Whose Bootstraps?

Monday, November 9 at 7 p.m.

In one of the early meetings of the Kenilworth Union Racial Justice Committee, Sally Campbell shared her moving poem “Whose Bootstraps?” The RJC thought Sally’s message was so provocative that we would use it to launch our first congregation-wide event on Monday, November 9, at 7 p.m., online. Bill Evertsberg will moderate the discussion and speak briefly about the synchronicities between Sally’s poem and Robin Dangelo’s findings in White Fragility.

Participate online, click here at 7 p.m.

Contact Karen Gaynor to make a reservation for this event.

Fall Faith Walks

Sundays, Mondays, and/or Thursdays, weather permitting 

Join with active members and friends of Kenilworth Union for a time of devotion followed by a brisk 60 minute walk, admiring God’s good gift of creation. Sundays are led by Kitty Bliss, Mondays  are co-led by Gretchen Bodum and Nancy Johnson and Thursdays are led by Kathy Evertsberg. Find your pace with another road runner or in a Winnie-the-Pooh speed as we will follow the guidelines for outdoor events during Phase Four.

Please click here for more information and register for this devotion.

Exploring Isaiah

Please click here for the Youtube recording of each class.

Wednesdays, September 30–November 4

Isaiah’s prophecy unveils the full dimensions of God’s judgement and salvation for the Hebrew people. Composed over an expanse of centuries, the messages are to bring a rebellious people back to obedience along with the promise of a messiah. Join the Reverend Dr. Jo Forrest and friends in this journey of major prophetical writings. All are welcome.

Click here at 9:15 a.m. to join this class.

Communal Trauma

Wednesday, October 21 at 7 p.m.

Click here to replay the class from Oct. 21

Communal Trauma: Although our surrounds do not reflect the damage from bombs or floods, the fabric of our lives seem to have been shredded by the recurrent and persistent challenges of COVID, quarantines, and protests, to name the most obvious. This online class will explore the spiritual foundation our faith provides, practical approaches as we encounter stress and trauma, and seek to strengthen us for the road ahead. Join class leader, the Rev. Ruth Sorenson-Prokosch.

The Climate Crisis: The Solutions Are In Reach

This presentation is Co-hosted by the Go Green groups in Winnetka, Wilmette, Northfield, and Kenilworth. Click here for a print friendly flyer.

Tuesday, October 20 at 6:30 p.m.

Founded by Nobel Laureate and former US Vice President Al Gore, The Climate Reality Project works to catalyze a global solution to the climate crisis by making urgent action a necessity across every level of society. With a global movement are spreading the truth about the climate crisis and building popular support for clean energy solutions. For more information, visit or contact King Poor with your questions.

Online Presentation led by Jane Goldenberg. Please RSVP: Go Green Winnetka.

Imagined Scarcity, Abundant Reality

Mondays, September 14, 21, and 28 at 7 p.m.

“Imagined Scarcity, Abundant Reality,” taught by the Reverend Dr. William A. Evertsberg, will complement the September sermon series. Each session will thematically explore the scripture from that week’s sermon and feature videos, literature, discussion, and prayer on atypical perceptions of abundance. Ami Campbell will provide relevant social science and generosity data, enriching the conversation.

Please click here for more information and make a reservation.

Virtual Green Team Summit

Sunday, September 13 to Thursday, September 17

Invitation from King Poor

Join Kenilworth Union Church Green Team
A Just Recovery 2020 Green Team Summit
“connecting the dots between the pandemic, climate change, and racial justice”

Click here here for more information and registration.

Online Bible Study: A Story of Homecoming

9:15 a.m. Wednesdays, January 13–February 10

The parables of Luke 15 invite the reader to experience home not as a place, but a relationship. Join the Reverend Christine V. Hides and friends online. Henri Nouwen’s book, The Return of the Prodigal Son will support this study, however it is not required reading. All are welcome.

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The Lord’s Prayer

Prayer remains the ancient and ever present way to connect with God. In this intimate and mysterious time we offer gratitude, plead for God to intervene…and receive God’s guidance. Join Bill Evertsberg, Jo Forrest, and Katie Lancaster on Wednesdays at 9 a.m. from June 3 to July 29 to explore scripture through the prayer Jesus teaches us: The Lord’s Prayer. Too often these familiar words may fall from our mouths and minds without thinking. Yet with each word and phrase, Jesus points us closer to God. Please contact Jo Forrest for more information. Check the calendar to connect.

Join this virtual pilgrimage to move from the empty tomb of Easter morning to the fire of Pentecost on May 31. Each day of this pilgrimage a video of a scripture reading by a Kenilworth Union member and an accompanying prayer will be distributed. To mark your progress in the pilgrimage, you will receive a badge in recognition of your commitment, leading to the final destination. Join in this new community. Offer to read a day’s passage by sending an email to Katie Lancaster, Silvi Pirn, or Jo Forrest. Subscribe to receive the daily email. Volunteer to do a reading.

On Friday, April 17 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Kenilworth Union Church learn how to talk with your leadership teams, Sunday school teachers, and youth leaders about inclusion in your faith community. All are welcome, please RSVP on line or with Katie Lancaster.

Join the ministry staff during Holy Week to reflect on Jesus’ journey from triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday to an empty tomb on Easter morning. The Last Week: A Day-by-Day Account of Jesus’ Final week in Jerusalem by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan will support this study however it is not required reading. Online sessions will be held April 6–10 at 9 a.m. Each lecture will stand-alone and allowing you to participate as you are able.

Date Topic/Contents Topic/Contents Presenter
Monday Palm Sunday Preface & Chpt 1 vvi–54 Bill
Tuesday Mon & Tues Chpt 2 & 3 pgs 55–84 Jo
Wednesday Wed & Thur Chpt 4 & 5 pgs 85–136 Jo
Thursday Fri & Sat Chpt 6 & 7 pgs 137–188 Katie
Friday Easter Sunday Chpt 8 pgs 189– Jo

Mental Health First Aid

Our own Leslie Holling and a colleague from The Josselyn Center will conduct this 8-hour certificate course in the Culbertson room on Saturday, May 2 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m, refreshments and lunch is provided. Enrollment is required since space is limited. More information and registration are at Mental Health First Aid Portal and enter Course ID 00160440 or contact Jo Forrest. Once your registration is complete, you will receive a confirmation notification on the portal.

On Wednesday, April 1 at 12:45 p.m. in the Centennial Room join a six-week course from bestselling author Beth Moore in her life-changing quest of Chasing Vines. Learn how everything changes when you discover the true meaning of a fruitful, God-pleasing, meaning-filled life. Reservations for this class are closed.  Please contact Michelle Astolfi for more information.

A practical approach to exploring one’s personal creativity and spiritual connection with God. Begin your own discovery. Reservations for this class are closed. Please contact Jo Forrest. for more information.

Online Bible Read Along

We resume our informal classes Wednesdays at 9 a.m. online. All are welcome to join as we continue to read from The Gospel of Luke. Drop in for as many as your schedule permits—no homework or reading assignments. Contact Jo Forrest for additional information.

Adult Education with Ruth Everhart

On Sunday, March 15 from 3–4:30 p.m. in the Culbertson Room, Adult Education presenter Ruth Everhart candidly discloses stories of how she and others have experienced sexual assault in church settings, highlighting the damage done to individuals, families, and communities, and her solidarity with other survivors. All are welcome to attend. More information can be found here.

New Member Information Class

Introduction to Kenilworth Union Church

We invite those interested in becoming members of Kenilworth Union to attend the information class. Spring classes begin Sunday, March 8 at 2 p.m. or Monday, March 9 at 7 p.m. or Wednesday, March 11 at 9:30 a.m. or Those choosing to become new members will be recognized on New Member Sunday, March 15 at 10:30 a.m. worship in the Sanctuary. Please contact Jo Forrest to find out more.

Introduction to the Bible

Sundays March 1 and 8 in the Centennial Room 9 to 9:50 a.m. Parents, Sunday school teachers, and all adults are invited to these introductory sessions to to learn about the Bible. We’ll discuss what the Bible is, how it was compiled, and explore a few texts in details. Drop in for one or both of the interactive sessions. No homework and no prior knowledge is expected. For more information contact either of the co-leaders Christine Hides or Jo Forrest.

Desert Island Book Club

Godric, by Frederick Buechner

Our inaugural book will be Godric, which almost, and should have, won the 1981 Pulitzer Prize. Our first meeting will be Wednesday, March 4, 7 p.m., at Bill and Kathy Evertsberg’s house. We’ll serve simple nourishment, wine, and LaCroix. Please RSVP to Karen Gaynor. More information is here or contact Bill Evertsberg.

Andrew R. McGaan, P.C.

This Adult Education course will explore the Grateful Dead’s robust and surprising use of biblical themes and imagery. Please join us in the Culbertson Room on Monday, March 2 at 7 p.m. More information is here or contact Jo Forrest.

Transcending Darkness
A Girl’s Journey Out of the Holocaust

Estelle Glaser Laughlin survived the Warsaw Ghetto, the Uprising, and concentration camps. At eighteen she  immigrated to America with only three years of public school education and earned a master’s degree in education. She had a long career in teaching and now, in retirement, writes and lectures about her experience and survival. Join us on Monday, February 10 at 7 p.m. for Estelle’s book event and discussion in the Culbertson Room.

For more information on Estelle’s program please contact Julie Peterson.

The Spirituality of Sewage:
The State of Our Water Stewardship

Cameron Davis, J.D.

Cam will kick off our “The Elemental Spirits” sermon series with an Adult Education presentation on Monday, February 3 at 7 p.m. in the Culbertson Room. He will also do a dialogue sermon with Bill Evertsberg on Sunday, February 16.

Cam is a public interest Clean Water Act attorney and in 2018 was elected commissioner at the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) for a two-year term, in what was one of the most unusual races in Illinois history. Read more about Cam here.

The Faith Circle

The constant pressure to succeed, the presence of so much affluence, and the voices of doubt can drown our sense of strength. Join a group of women to read and reflect Barbara Brown Taylor’s Holy Envy. Taylor’s newest book examines other faith traditions, admiring (envying) aspects of connecting with the divine, and nourishing a sense of trust in Christianity. We will meet from 9:15–10:30 a.m. beginning on January 16 and meet every other Thursday. Please contact Jo Forrest for more information and to confirm your attendance.

Bible Read Along

The Gospel of Luke

New Bible Read Along begins November 6. All are invited to drop-in as you are able to read from the beginning of The Gospel of Luke. As we prepare for Advent and Christmas, we will hear again Luke’s words for a weary world. Drop in as you are able to the Library on Wednesdays at 9:15 a.m. Contact The Reverend Dr. Jo Forrest for more information.

Matt, Luke, and Chuck:  The Guys Who Invented Christmas

In the New Testament, only Matthew and Luke bother to tell the story of Jesus’ birth, and they tell two different stories. Closer to our own day, Charles Dickens almost all by himself determined how we celebrate the holiday in England, and later in America. Mondays, in the Culbertson Room. Three authors—the evangelists Matthew and Luke and the novelist Charles Dickens—are entirely responsible for the way we tell and celebrate the Christmas story. Please join Bill Evertsberg’s Adult Ed presentation served nourishing convivialities and seasonal libations like figgy pudding and mulled wine will accompany this feast for the mind.

Monday, November 11 Matthew and Luke: The First and Third Gospel
Monday, November 18 Charles Dickens: The Fifth Gospel

Ash & Starlight Book Event

Friday, November 15, 9:45 a.m. in the Centennial Room, Arianne Lehn will discuss “prayerful parenting” using her book, Ash & Starlight and we will explore ways prayer can center and ground us as we approach the holidays! Meet in the Culbertson Room. Babysitting is available in AJN Preschool Room 26 with Monica and Patti Leon. Please contact Kim Crossgrove.

Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Don Geovanni Opera Class: Interested in knowing more? In seeing the opera? Join John and Kathy Piepgras as their home, with Bill and Kathy Evertsberg on Sunday, November 10 at 3 p.m. for a presentation and discussion of the opera. Bill and John will summarize the background and the story of the opera and play musical excerpts. Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Please RSVP to Kathy Piepgras.

Kenilworth Union Church Goes to The Opera to see Don Giovanni by the Lyric Opera of Chicago on Thursday evening, November 14. We will share dinner beforehand at One North Kitchen and Bar across the street from the Civic Opera building. The cost for dinner and the opera will be $180 per person. Please contact Kathy Evertsberg by Thursday, October 31 to reserve.

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One of our very own, Tom Cole is a member at Kenilworth Union Church. Currently, he is senior counsel and chair emeritus of the executive committee of Sidley Austin LLP in Chicago. Tom has led seminars on corporate governance at both the University of Chicago and Harvard law schools. Tom will present Corporate Social Responsibility: Perspectives of a Christian Corporate Lawyer  in the Culbertson Room on Monday, November 4 at 7 p.m. For more information please contact the Reverend Dr. Jo Forrest.

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This new series is a practical approach to exploring one’s personal creativity and spiritual connection with God. Begin your own discovery. Please join our circle of men and women to support each other. We meet on Wednesdays, October 2—December 18 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Second Floor Conference Room. Please RSVP to the Reverend Dr. Jo Forrest.

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Women’s Faith Circle

The constant pressure to succeed, the presence of so much affluence, and the voices of doubt can drown our sense of strength. Join a new, small group of women to read and reflect how to anchor ourselves with hope during turbulent times. We will meet from 9:15–10:30 a.m. on October 3, 17, 31 and November 7 and 21 this fall. Contact the Reverend Dr. Jo Forrest for more information and to confirm your attendance.

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This two-part study, each part is six-weeks, Wednesdays from 12:45 to 2:45 p.m. Reservation for the study must be made to Carolyn Armstrong.


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Deeper Connections Series

The Deeper Connections series is unique. Don’t let the word deeper scare you. These engaging and accessible studies are for everyone who wants to deepen their understanding of God’s word and apply it more faithfully and effectively. In fact a full one-third of each study is centered on modern application of Jesus’ life and teachings.

Parables Of Jesus
We will meet  10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, SKIP 11/27, 12/4 and 12/11.

Pia Justesen’s new book From the Periphery, is full of real-life stories of disability and will release in October. All are welcome to discuss disability oppression, inclusive societies, and equality at this presentation in the Culbertson Room on Monday, October 28.

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Vaping is a growing problem with today’s youth, and many parents are at a loss to understand what it is and how to prevent their teens from partaking. In response, Kenilworth Union Church is hosting a program for adults on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. led by Andy Duran, executive director of Lake Forest-based Linking Efforts Against Drugs (LEAD). The program is free and is sponsored by the Alison Tobey Smart Memorial Fund.

Stewarding Well

Sundays, October 20–November 3 from 9–10 a.m. in the Centennial Room.

For many of us, the word “stewardship” is code for “give money to the church,” a limiting and incomplete definition. In this three-class series, we will explore what it means to be good stewards, to build a legacy for future generations, and to enrich others and ourselves by living more generously. Throughout we will anchor ourselves in gratitude and scripture. Join stewardship educator and author Ami Campbell and George Wishart, Kenilworth Union’s stewardship committee chair, from 9–10 a.m. in the Centennial Room on three consecutive Sundays, Oct. 20, 27, and Nov. 3. Please contact George or Ami for details and to register.

For this three-part series, the Reverend Dr. Bill Evertsberg and other panelists will discuss the connections between faith and the environment, and share steps that can be taken on a local and global scale to be stewards of God’s earth, and therefore each other.

These classes are from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Culbertson Room. All are welcome.

September 9: Brian Sauder, Faith in Place
September 23: Bill Evertsberg on theology of environmental stewardship
September 30: Panel discussion including scintillating and knowledgeable experts on local conservation efforts.

The Reverend Dr. William A. Evertsberg

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Dr. Nicholas Pearce teaches business at Northwestern and serves as an associate pastor on Chicago’s South Side

Adult Education conversation with Dr. Nicholas Pearce on Monday, September 16 at 7 p.m., in the meantime please enjoy this Second City, Getting to Yes, And podcast. Kelly Leonard, the host of the show talks with Nicholas Pearce about his new book “The Purpose Path.” Kelly also gives a shout-out to Kenilworth Union and Jo Forrest at the end of the broadcast. Dr. Pearce has accepted an invitation to preach at Kenilworth Union Church at 9 and 10:30 a.m. worship on October 13. All are welcome.


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Women’s Bible Study


Everybody, Always: Becoming Love in a World Full of Setbacks and Difficult People

Bob Goff takes readers on a journey into the secret of living without fear, constraint, or worry. The path toward the liberated existence we all long for is found in a truth as simple to say as it is hard to do: love people, even the difficult ones, without distinction, and without limits. This five week study begins on Wednesday, April 10 from 12:45 to 2:45 p.m. Reservation for the study must be made to Carolyn Armstrong.

“Getting to Yes, And” with Kelly Leonard


Tuesday, March 12 at 7 p.m. in the Culbertson Room

Kelly Leonard is a Kenilworth native and a longstanding executive with The Second City, wrote the self-help, improv-inspired book “Yes, And” in 2015. He speaks about how the principles of improv—working within an ensemble, embracing failure, and looking forward—can equip us to navigate change in our lives.

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Presented by The Reverends Dr. William A. Evertsberg and Dr. Jo Forrest

A new winter class with the Reverends Bill Everstberg and Jo Forrest team-teaching a five-part series of God’s Presence and Power in the Old and New Testaments. These classes will be offered at two day time slots in the Centennial Room beginning Monday, February 4 at 7 p.m. and repeated on Wednesday, February 6 at 9:15 a.m. Please find more information and a class syllabus in Jo Forrest’s blog, God’s Power and Presence here.

Empowering Resilience

Presented by Ruth E. Field, LCSW

Please join therapist and author Ruth E. Field in learning how to build resilience and find growth in the face of grief. Field and her book, The Four Facets of Grief, teach how to find acceptance and even joy following a crisis, whether it’s the loss of a loved one, financial or relationship struggles, and all the myriad ways we are challenged. All are welcome to this interactive class, jointly sponsored by Stephen Ministry and Adult Education, on Tuesday, February 26 at 7 p.m. in the Culbertson Room.

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Adult Education with Phil Andrew and Dave Kelly


Think Again. Join us Thursday, November 8 at 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary to learn to respond and stand against violence. We will hear from Phil Andrew, Director of Violence Prevention for the Archdiocese of Chicago, and Father Dave Kelly of the Precious Blood Ministry. The event is jointly sponsored by Kenilworth Union Church, Saint Francis Xavier Parish and Saint’s Faith, Hope and Charity Parish.

The Reverend Dr. Jo Forrest

Sanctuary & Culbertson

Event video of  “Think You’re Helpless Against Chicago’s Violence? Think Again.”
What Two Decades Walking the Bible Taught Me About Life, Land, Love, and Camels

The November 4 lecture with Bruce Feiler aims to unite the community through learning about Feiler’s decades of travel and the numerous cultures he has immersed himself in. As the writer-presenter of the PBS miniseries Walking the Bible, Feiler has an international audience, but this evening promises to be a more intimate venue. Come to Congregation Sukkat Shalom, 1001 Central Ave. in Wilmette at 7 p.m. for an evening of fellowship and enlightenment. Ahead of this main presentation, Rabbi Gordon and the Reverend Van Slyke will lead two classes at First Congregational Church of Wilmette on Feiler’s teachings. The classes will be on October 4 and 11 at 7 p.m. and interested participants for the lecture or the classes can RSVP to

Bible Read Along


All are invited to read along The Book of Ephesians which presents a sweeping portrait of God’s plans and purposes that is both cosmic in nature with Christ as the head of the church and deeply personal as known through baptism. Join us to read this inspiring letter in a three-session program led by Jo Forrest on Wednesdays, October 17, 24, 31, and November 7 at 9:15 a.m. in the Library. All are welcome to attend the entire series or drop in as you are able. There is no homework or reservation required. Contact Jo Forrest for additional information.

The Conversation No One Else Is Having


Think your teen athlete is safe from opioid abuse? Church and community, teen and adult are gathered to this expert forum about how sports injury can inadvertently lead to opioid abuse and how this already affects young lives on the North Shore. The event is brought by the Alison Tobey Smart Memorial Fund.

Event video of  “The Conversation No One Else Is Having”