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Gilead Church Chicago


Tell true stories. Share good food. worship beautifully.

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Gilead Church Chicago


Tell true stories. Share good food. worship beautifully.

We are open and affirming, anti-racist, local, organic, slow-church, just peace, free range, real butter Christians.

This is the website for Gilead Church Chicago, a church that doesn't exist...yet.
 
We've been given a vision of a progressive, inclusive, creative community of Christian faith in the Rogers Park neighborhood — a community that worships beautifully, shares food abundantly, and tells true stories that save lives. We need your help to bring that vision into existence.

We’re a church where all are welcome — and where all means all. If you’ve been told or made to feel that you’re too queer, too out, too smart, too loud, too weird, have too many questions, or too big an agenda for church, we wanna meet you!  We want you to help shape this new community. 
 
We invite you to explore this site to learn more about the gathering church — and consider becoming a part of it. We hope you'll be inspired to pitch in and offer your gifts and skills to make Gilead a reality!

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Tell Your Story


We tell true stories that save lives.

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Tell Your Story


We tell true stories that save lives.

We believe that, at its heart, every story is a God story.

At Gilead, people tell stories — in worship every week, at our monthly storytelling events, squeezed onto someone's couch at a potluck — people tell true stories from their own lives.

We tell them to get to know one another. We tell them because sometimes it helps to share. We tell them because it feels good to laugh.

We tell them because we believe that, at its heart, every story is a God story. God is present in our ordinary, everyday lives: standing beside us at the bus stop, woven between the lines of our conversations, lying under the table hoping to be fed.

Telling our stories helps us see the holiness we may have missed the first time through. It lets us claim our daily grind as a spiritual journey. It changes the way we live, and frequently, it saves our lives.

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Eat Together


We grow and eat great food.

 

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Eat Together


We grow and eat great food.

 

We believe eating is a spiritual practice.

We see God in tomatoes. And cucumbers. In freshly-griddled tortillas. And of course, real butter. There are few things more sacred than growing, cooking, and sharing food with one another.

At Gilead, food is fundamental to our life together. Food is worship when we gather at the table each week with homemade bread and a decent bottle of wine. Food is service when we give away the produce we’ve grown in our garden plot on Howard. And it’s relationship when we deliver a casserole to the new parents trying to stay afloat. Food is even evangelism, when you leave church telling friends, “You have to taste the pie my minister baked!”

We believe eating is a spiritual practice. Join us for pie and potlucks, communion and community gardening. Pretty soon you’ll be seeing God in tomatoes.

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Worship


We make beautiful, creative worship together.

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Worship


We make beautiful, creative worship together.

We seek to be people shaped by worship.

We seek to be people shaped by worship. That means we gather for prayer and practice often. Find us starting the day with jogging meditation at Rogers Park Beach. Or sneaking in a little lectio divina around the lunch hour. (Don’t know what that is? Come learn!) And have we mentioned our Late Night Eucharistic Variety Show?

On Sundays you’ll experience services that speak to your life. You'll hear sermons that make you think and make you laugh (or cry).  We’ll sing eclectic music. Feel free to throw in some harmonies. You might even clap (just please not on 1 and 3). 

And there are stories! Our stories. Jesus stories. Your stories, shared with the community in a way that helps us all to see the Spirit’s fingerprints on our days. We preach in the first person, sharing our experiences of faith and struggle.

Most importantly, we do this all together. You bring the songs, and poems, and art, and jokes that make you feel like you’re standing on holy ground. Things you find and things you make. We’ll stitch them together and watch God show up.