"We should talk..."
Discussions about the Church and the World
Wednesday Evenings, 5:15-5:55 p.m. on Zoom.
(right before Evening Prayer at 6:00 p.m.)
October 27, 5:15 p.m.
Your Body is a Temple of the Holy Spirit: Yoga and Spiritual Embodiment
Awareness of the body is an important and yet often undervalued part of Christian spirituality. Parishioner, staff member, and lifelong Episcopalian Gary Alexander has been practicing yoga for nearly two decades and teaching for a dozen years. In this interactive discussion he’ll offer some basic background on yoga, lead a short guided breathing and meditation exercise, and discuss how the traditions of Anglican spirituality and the practice of yoga can not only coexist but enrich each other.
September 15, 5:15 p.m.
Looking for the Beauty of Holiness--Converting to Anglo-Catholicism
In 2019, Christopher Poore put a few fateful words into a Google search bar: "Anglo-Catholic," "church," "Chicago." Little did Christopher know that this Google search would lead him into a world of incredible splendor and, let's admit it, puzzling oddity! The beauty of holiness, cottas, thurifers, the monstrance on the altar and in the heart of those in need: these were just a few of the things he learned about at Ascension. Join us for a conversation about the lifelong journey of becoming catholic.
September 22, 5:15 p.m.
RefugeeOne: "Refugees--Afghanis and Others"
Sarah Spoonheim, Development Director, RefugeeOne Chicago
Recent news from Afghanistan and the hundreds of thousands fleeing their home country have made many of us at Ascension wonder what we can do to help. In this conversation, led by a representative of RefugeeOne, we’ll get both a global and local perspective on refugees. RefugeeOne will present on where refugees are coming from and why as well as share the work of resettlement agencies here in Chicago. We’ll also learn some of the ways our faithful community can get involved in providing a warm welcome to newly arriving refugees from around the world.
September 29, Feast of St. Michael and All Angels, 5:15 p.m.
Angelology in Patristic Writings
Dr. Greg Wiebe, Canada Mennonite University
Are angels more than invisible people with wings, flying this way and that, occasionally performing miracles? The conviction of the early church that angels exist was not, in fact, an arbitrary, credulous, pre-scientific assertion that there are beings "out there" that we cannot perceive. Instead, it was part of a coherent account of how the world, its peoples, and its nations work. In anticipation of Michaelmas, Dr. Greg Wiebe will lead us in a discussion about what it might mean for the Archangel Michael to be the "prince" of Israel, how God "set the boundaries of the nations / By the number of God's angels," and what any of that might have to do with the angels standing eternally before the throne of God, crying out to one another, "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts."
October 6, 5:15 p.m.
Praying the Holy Rosary
In honor of the eve of the Commemoration of Our Lady of the Rosary (October 7), Ascension and Society of Mary member Samuel Sommers will discuss a brief history of the rosary in the Western church as well as some of the pious legends. We’ll share our own individual stories about how we came to the rosary as a personal or public devotion and share things we find helpful for meditating on the rosary mysteries.
October 13, 5:15 p.m.
The Rev. Meghan Murphy-Gill
In anticipation of her upcoming ordination to the priesthood October 16, Deacon Meghan Murphy-Gill will share her story of hearing and then following a call to ordained ministry. She’ll then lead us in a discussion about how “vocation” applies to all of the baptized, not just ordained ministers and those in religious life. We’ll talk about how God beckons each one of us to serve and how we might better discern and follow our own call.
October 20, 5:15 p.m.
Duncan Moore, a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Chicago, will present tools, resources, and ideas that we at Ascension can consider for doing the important transformative work of anti-racism. Now in their fourth year, the anti-racism team at St. John’s is modeling for fellow Episcopal churches how to form their own teams and engage in anti-racism work within their own particular parish contexts.
"Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness."
Church of the Ascension
1133 N La Salle Dr.
Chicago, IL 60610-2601
Sunday Worship Schedule
9:30 a.m. - Morning Prayer, via Zoom
10:0 a.m. - Mass (In-person and streamed)
(pre-registration is not required for in-person services, but please check in with an usher upon arrival)
Our free parking lot is located on the northeast corner of La Salle Boulevard and Maple Street.