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


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


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!

Cleaning House

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How do we relate to the material world, to our stuff? Is cleanliness next to godliness? Or is getting organized just another attempt to fill the God-shaped hole in us with something that isn’t God? Can ordinary objects reveal the Creator God and the Christ who chose to take on a material life (bread and wine, for example)? Can binge-watching Netflix be our new spiritual practice?

Let’s talk about it in February. Put that junk drawer down, and come to church!