Upcoming Programs

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.

Gratitude Daily Devotional

Daily September 15 through the end of November

There is nothing better than gratitude to change the way we see the world and change the way the world sees us. Kenilworth Union Church invites you to become part of a gratitude journey by subscribing to a daily email.

Please click here to offer to write a devotion.

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 or to register for the class.

Fall Faith Walks

Mondays, September 21 through the end of October or Thursdays, October 1 through 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. Monday’s  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

Wednesdays, September 30–November 11

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. These online sessions will sample texts anticipating an adult education series the Reverend Dr. William A. Evertsberg will lead on Handel’s Messiah during Advent. Join the Reverend Dr. Jo Forrest and friends in this journey of major prophetical writings. All are welcome.

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

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.

Past Programs

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.

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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.

100 Days of Homegrown Prayer

Daily Devotional Series: Welcome to Kenilworth Union Church’s Daily Devotional, 100 Days of Homegrown Prayer, a daily reflection and prayer specially created to deepen your relationship with God, broaden your theological horizon, and bless your day.  To receive this devotional daily via email, please sign up here.

Anti-Racism Study Group

Kenilworth Union Church has long been tuned to God’s call for justice. Yet we are open to admitting the imperfection of our path toward justice. We invite you to participate in the work of anti-racism through our Adult Education program. Join your church leaders for our online Anti-Racism Study Group beginning Monday July 13, 7 p.m. Click here for more information.

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.

Come experience a deeper connection with God, yourself, and others by joining us on a 40-day journey through Lent by exploring wisdom of the poets.  Below is a link to curated collection of poetry authored by writers living in the third century to the contemporary era.  Their insight to faith and Jesus’ life is organized to take us each day from “Mystery and Love” to facing “The Stumbling Block,” reflect on “Conversion” and invite us to “Practice Resurrection.”  Edited by Daniel B. Clendenin, these poems will appeal to novice readers and delight those long steeped in this literary form.  Available as an electronic guide to download a version for your preferred device.

Wednesdays at 8 a.m. online, click here for Zoom information

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

Postponed 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.

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.

This event has been postponed until the Fall of 2020

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.

Women’s Bible Study

Wednesdays from 12:45 to 2:45 p.m. Reservation for the study must be made to Carolyn Armstrong.

Trustworthy: A Study of 1 & 2 Kings

Join the Wednesdays beginning January 15 for Women’s Bible Study. This 6-session study of 1 & 2 Kings by Lysa Terkeurst as she reveals the places of distrust in her own heart while exploring the deeply applicable scriptures that will teach us how to truly trust God.

When hard times come and it seems God is deviating from the plan we assume our life should follow, we’re much more likely to want to tame God, not trust him. It’s then that we begin to press into our ways and our own timing. No human can carry the weight of being their own god, but so many of us try.

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.

Click here for more information about Kenilworth Union Church Goes to the Opera.

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.

Click here for more information about Thomas A. Cole

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.

Click here to find more about “The Artist’s Way” with the Rev. Dr. Jo Forrest.

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.

Click here to find more about “The Artist’s Way” with the Rev. Dr. Jo Forrest.

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

This class has been canceled until further notice.

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.

Read more about Kelly Leonard by clicking here



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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The Quest by Beth Moore


Wednesdays, January 16 through February 20
There Is No Quest Without Questions

The crooked punctuation mark at the end of a sentence speaks of curiosity, interest, and perhaps doubt. A question is an invitation to vulnerability, to intimacy. The Bible does not shy away from such an invite. Over and over we see the people of God asking questions of their creator. We also see the God of the universe asking questions of his creation.

The Quest is a challenge to accept the invitation. In this six-week excursion with Jesus, Beth Moore uses questions from scripture to lead you into intimacy with the one who knows you best. Learn to dig into the word, to respond to the questions of God, and to bring your questions before him. Let the crooked punctuation mark be the map that points you into a closer relationship with the father.

  • Learn to pray to promote intimacy with God.
  • Explore questions and responses from the Bible.
  • Track your quest by journaling along the way.
  • Learn to read and respond to scripture.

Please register with Michelle Astolfi by Friday, December 28. It will be the usual workbook, video, homework, discussion format. Generally about $20/person.

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 sukkatshalom@sukkatshalom.org.

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.

Think your teen athlete is safe from opioid abuse? Join us on Thursday, October 11 at 7 p.m. where church and community, teen and adult are invited 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. Information and a list of panelists can be found here.

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

Kelly Mintor, No Other Gods

Please join us on Wednesday, September 12 from 12:45 to 2:30 p.m. for our eight-week Women’s Bible Study from Kelly Minter, No Other Gods. Learning how to identify the functional gods we may be unknowingly serving. Please register with Carolyn Armstrong by Tuesday, September 4. It will be the usual workbook, video, homework, discussion format. Generally about $20/person.