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Upcoming Programs

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

Mental Health First Aid

Adult Mental Health First Aid Training, Registration required
Monday, February 13, 9:15 a.m.–3:45 p.m. (30 minute break with lunch included) 
Culbertson Room 
Katie Nahrwold is a church member and Mental Health First Aid instructor with Josselyn. This course teaches early intervention skills to help someone who may be experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge. The course is open to Kenilworth Union’s Congregational Care members at a discounted rate of $20* and members at-large, 18 years of age and older for $40. Learn how to identify, understand, and respond to support those in need. Registration is required for course on Monday, February 13 from 9:15 a.m.–3:45 p.m. in the Culbertson Room.

More information and registration can be found by clicking here.

Monday, February 27 from 7–9 p.m. Culbertson Room

The Alison Tobey Smart Memorial Fund will be hosting a group of teen mental health experts to discuss key challenges facing our youth today, from anxiety and depression to eating disorders and self-harm to alcohol and drug abuse. The session is designed for Kenilworth Union Church parents and their friends.

We are thrilled to bring the expertise of five local experts to provide Kenilworth Union parents the latest in trends, approaches, and actions you can take to help your teen navigate these difficult times. The experts will provide an overview of each challenge—anxiety/depression, trauma/grief/loss, substance abuse, and eating disorders/self-harm—including what to look out for, alternate means of addressing, and where to go for help.

More information can be found by clicking here.

Bible Read Along—Parables

Wednesdays, January 11–February 15, at 9:15 a.m.
Jesus, the expert teacher, knew that stories are an entry into the deepest questions. In this new 6 week series, participants will read and discuss six different parables. Guided by the scholarship of Amy-Jill Levine, we will pay attention to how the first century Jewish audience would have heard these short stories by Jesus. This hybrid group welcomes new participants and delights in the new insights gained from one another and scripture. A Bible is all you need and lending copies are available. Please contact Christine Hides for more information.

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

Women’s Bible Study

Wednesdays, January 11–February 15

Please join us on Wednesday, January 11 from 12:45 to 2:45 p.m. in the Centennial Room for our six-week Fall Bible Study from Melissa Spoelstra, Romans: Good News that Changes Everything, explore the truths found in the book of Romans that will reframe the bad news and remind us of our hope for the future. The discussions will be led by Michelle Astolfi and Carolyn Armstrong, who will guide the group through weekly bible study homework, followed by a short video to round out the lesson. Please register with Carolyn Armstrong and she will send a link to buy the study guide.

Mondays, January 30, March 27, May 22, September 25, and October 30

Christian Education which featured a single imperious lecturer pontificating at students dozing in straight rows was probably dying long before the pandemic, but new habits born during our isolation hastened it demise, so we’re using 2023 to experiment with new pedagogy. Instead of a single authority, we’ll teach and learn together in a circle from the greatest contemporary (mostly) literature. Kathy and Bill Evertsberg will host at home at 7 p.m., unless the group is bigger than 15; then we’ll move to church. All are welcome; please RSVP to Karen Gaynor

Desert Island Books

Third Mondays, February 20, March 20, April 17, and May 15

We are reconvening the study group “Skeptics & Believers” in February and are looking forward to welcoming newcomers to study and discuss John Shelby Spong’s 1998 book Why Christianity Must Change or Die. If you’re discouraged by the hyperbolic title, just know that the content is less histrionic. We’ll meet on the third Monday of the month beginning in February at 7 p.m. in the Culbertson Room, taking four sessions to get through the book. Dr. Spong’s book is available at your favorite bookstore.

The Sermon on the Mount
Lent and Eastertide, Wednesdays at 9:15 a.m.

Beginning on Ash Wednesday, February 22 and through May 24, we will dive deep into Jesus’ illuminating Sermon on the Mount, using a collection of reflections from a variety of Christian thinkers over the centuries. Moore’s Following the Call: Living the Sermon on the Mount Together includes wisdom from Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Dorothy Day, Wendell Berry, Augustine of Hippo,Teresa of Avila and many more. “The pictures and examples Jesus gives not only cast a vision of God’s new kingdom of righteousness, peace, and love; they compel us to respond.” Please bring pen and paper to engage with short writing reflections. Purchasing the book is optional. All who seek this kingdom unlike any other are invited to join us. Contact Christine Hides for more information.

Connect to the class here.

A hope grew at Kenilworth Union—that we might be transformed by the daily rhythm of practicing our faith. Maybe the season of Lent would be a good time to experiment. Maybe a few people would join us. When 20 people became 50, we were encouraged. After Lent, the dream grew, 50 became 100, and interest is still growing. We are confident that the practice of daily devotional at Kenilworth Union has the potential to be life-giving to many. What will the next season of spiritual practice bring? What renewal, growth, or transformation might happen within you and within our collective community when we begin our day with a prayer, scripture, or poetry? We invite you to this daily practice by signing up for our email here or by following along on Facebook or Instagram. Click here to follow the blog roll.

Past Programs

Monday, January 23 at 7 p.m. Culbertson Room
Joan O’Neill is a member of Kenilworth Union Church and a therapist at Inspire Counseling Center in Kenilworth. She has developed a mindfulness practice of her own over the years, and now teaches many of her clients how to use mindfulness to regulate their emotions. She would like to share what she has learned and introduce you to some of the tools she uses during a presentation on Monday, January 23 at 7 p.m. in the Culbertson Room.

Monday, January 9 at *5 p.m. in the Culbertson Room
Bill Evertsberg and long-time Kenilworth Union Church member Tom Cole will engage in a “fireside chat” to discuss Tom’s  book Collaborative Crisis Management: Prepare, Execute, Recover, Repeat.  The book, written with co-author Paul Verbinnen (a leading crisis communications consultant), was published by the University of Chicago Press in September 2022.  Reviewers have called their book “an invaluable resource”, “a master class” and “a classic”.  Among the topics to be covered will be how adherence to Christian values help leaders of organizations prepare for and manage crises.

Watch the recording here.

*The odd time avoids the NCAA Football Championship at 6:30 p.m. and the Stephen Minister training at 7 p.m.

Advent Read and Write Along

Wednesdays, November 30–December 21, 2022

Join Christine Hides for four (4) Hybrid Bible Study sessions on Wednesdays, beginning November 30 from 9:15–10 a.m. There is no homework or preparation. We will read a familiar Advent text, discuss, respond to writing prompts, and pray together. Our Wednesday group invites new participants to join us. Each week we are inspired by the Spirit-filled conversations and reflections. Contact Christine Hides for additional information. Join us in the Centennial Room or connect to class here.

Adult Education with Katie Lancaster

As many of you know, Katie Lancaster spent the last two years studying Prayer in Uncertainty as part of a study grant from the Louisville Institute. Her research brings together the rich narratives of scripture, the long history of Christian poets and mystics, and the expansive field of theopoetics. Her inquiry was prompted by the sudden global uncertainties of pandemic, and asks how the unforeseen uncertainties in our daily and communal lives might give rise to a deep longing for the divine who is at once hidden and revealed. As she studied prayer, she wrote daily devotionals on the topic of prayer, many of which can be found archived by theme: An Alphabet of Prayer100 Days of Psalms and PrayersMy Neighbors’ Prayer.

This Monday, November 7 at 7 p.m., join friends and neighbors in the Culbertson Room where Katie will share experiences of her project: Prayer in Uncertainty, and how she’s applying the new knowledge to her real-life situations and problems. View the recorded event here.

Hybrid Bible Read Along

Join Christine Hides for Wednesday Bible Study
Wednesdays, 9:15–10 a.m. September 21–November 9, 2022

New participants welcome! On Wednesday, September 21 our group will begin an eight-week study of the Book of Job which will mirror our fall sermon series. When faithful Job experiences great suffering, a variety of characters attempt to explain (often inadequately) what God is up to. We’ll use the recent book, Why Is There Suffering: Pick Your Own Theological Expedition, by Bethany Sollereder to find our own path through the explanations offered to Job. 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.

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

Adult Education with Bill Evertsberg

Mondays, September 26; October 3, 17, and 24
Culbertson Room or Livestream 7–8:30 p.m.

Battalions of Controversies

Paraphrasing Hamlet: “When controversies come, they come not single spies, but in battalions.”  January 6.  Uvalde. Highland Park.  Dobbs v. Jackson. Gigantic Climate Bills. Parishioners have been seeking guidance from their Kenilworth Union pastors, so we’re going to sponsor four opportunities this fall.

Join us this Monday, October 24 in the Culbertson Room or livestream at 7 p.m. for our final program this season, The Christian Response to Climate Change. Hear guidance from the Christian Church provided by Bill Evertsberg, Senior Minister; facts and tips from our Green Team Co-Chairs: King Poor and Katie Nahrwold; and discuss varying perspectives on these issues with fellow members and neighbors. View past recordings of this event here.

Service Project: Join us in the garden! The Kenilworth Union Church Green Team is supporting our Outreach agency A Just Harvest in Rogers Park this summer volunteering in their urban gardens. Visit the #kucgreenteam page to find out more.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Click here for podcast

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.

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.”

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 youtube.com/c/kenilworthunionchurch 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.

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.

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 climaterealityproject.org 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Click here to listen to Second City, “Getting to Yes, And” podcast. Kelly Leonard, the host of the show talks with Dr. Nicholas Pearce about his new book “The Purpose Path.”

“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.

Read more about Kelly Leonard by clicking here

Miracles

 

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.

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.

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 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”

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