Bethany is…

...a traditional church rooted in progressive Christianity,

...a creative home for artists who value beauty and practice their crafts,

...a committed congregation of caregivers serving in the name of justice, and

...a safe space which is proudly inclusive and intentionally multi-generational.

And together, in this new year, we can be even more: a spiritual haven for seekers, an arts magnet, a life-saving ministry addressing meaningful community problems, and a church that invests in inclusion by continuing always to ask, “Who isn’t here?” Come join us!

 

Welcoming Refugees

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We are teaming up again with Pilgrim Lutheran Church to welcome a refugee family to Chicago! Through Refugee One, we are sponsoring a Rohingyan family. As co-sponsors the congregations need to raise $8,000, which RefugeeOne will use to subsidize rent and provide other needed services for the family’s first six months. There will be many hands-on ways to get involved, but for now, you can support the project by giving here and sharing the link with friends who want to take action too.

Beer ‘n’ Bible

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Get back to Bible basics in the New Year! The Sermon on the Mount is one of the most concise, exciting, and challenging articulations of the Christian faith ever written. Come explore this beautiful and uncomfortable sermon as we ask what it meant then and what it means for us now. We will meet four times, Wednesday evenings in January. To put us in a deep-thinking mood we’ll meet at Dovetail Brewery — but you don’t have to drink to join; everyone is welcome!

Seeking Justice

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Bethany is a member congregation of the Community Renewal Society (CRS), a faith-based organization that works with communities to address issues of racism and poverty. Bethany members serve on an issue team addressing housing in Chicago, and on the Policy and Organizing Committee that shapes each year's "platform for renewal." On Monday, January 21st, CRS hosts its annual Martin Luther King Faith-in-Action Assembly. Hundreds of justice-seekers gather to sing, pray, learn, and, this year, hear from mayoral candidates. Come with us!