Darwin Day

February 12, 2011
4:00 pmto7:00 pm

 A Staged reading of Tierra Del Fuego by Richard Corley

Darwin Day is an international celebration of science and humanity commemorating the 102nd birthday of Charles Darwin and the 152 anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of the Species.

Please join us for a staged reading of Tierra del Fuego Richard Corley on Saturday, February 12, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church at 3857 North Kostner Avenue, Chicago, IL 60641

Thought provoking and dramatic, Tierra del Fuego follows two interwoven strands of time in the life of Charles Darwin: his voyage around the world in the H.M.S. Beagle and twenty years later as he struggles over the question of whether to publish his controversial discoveries.  While exploring the battle between religious beliefs and scientific advances that still rages on today, at the heart of the play is Darwin’s relationship with his bright young daughter, Annie. The play will be performed by the St. John’s Players, directed by Karen Hoyer.

A winter supper of PRIMORDIAL SOUP follows in the Parish Hall. Events take place in the sanctuary of St. John’s Episcopal Church and in the building’s dining room. 

The event is free and open to the public. Suggested donation for dinner is $5.Charles Darwin

Prisoner of Her Past

February 19, 2011
5:00 pmto7:00 pm

Prisoner of Her Past tells the haunting story of a secret childhood trauma resurfacing, sixty years later, to unravel the life of Holocaust survivor Sonia Reich. The film follows her son, Chicago Tribune jazz critic Howard Reich, as he journeys across the United States and Eastern Europe to uncover why his mother believes the world is conspiring to kill her.  Along the way, he finds a family he never knew he had.

This film is the first to illuminate a little-known illness: late-onset Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Prisoner of Her Past examines the disorder’s devastating effect on families, but also shows programs that are aiding young trauma survivors of  Hurricane Katrina, in New Orleans, and how such early interventions may have helped Howard’s mother.

“Prisoner of Her Past” is produced by Kartemquin Films and directed by Gordon Quinn, one of the collective’s founders. For over 40 years, Kartemquin Films has been making documentaries that examine and critique society through the stories of real people.  A proud recipient of one of eight international 2007 MacArthur Awards for Creative and Effective Institutions, Kartemquin has been described by the Chicago Reader as a “documentary powerhouse.”

This event is free and open to the public.  A reception follows the screening.

Thanksgiving at St. John’s

November 25, 2010


Giving to Othersthanksgiving volunteer

We welcome 100 people to St. John’s on Thanksgiving Day, November 25, at 1:00 p.m.  for a free, home-cooked, sit down dinner.

Volunteer Opportunities

 You can donate:

Food: Please sign up in the parish hall to bring items needed, from desserts to turkeys. You can also contact Suellen Miller at stjohnschicago@aol.com or Liz Smolinski at ejsmo2002@yahoo.com .

Time: All ages and abilities welcome to come but please rsvp for a time on: Tues., Nov. 23rd at 6:30 p.m., Wed., Nov. 24th at 6:30 p.m. or Thur., Nov. 25th (sign up for a time between 9:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.)

Giving Thanks to God

receiving communion

The Holy Eucharist will be celebrated on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 25th at 11:00 a.m.

Behind the Scenes at Marshall Field’s Holiday traditions

December 12, 2010
5:00 pmto6:00 pm

Amy Meadows

Amy Meadows, former director of Windows and Marketing Events for Marshall Field’s and Macy’s provides a sneak peek into the design and execution of the famed animated windows, Main Aisle decor and the Great Tree.  This presentation includes archival images, contemporary photos and memorabilia.

Festive hors d’oeuvres and holiday music accompany this trip down Chicago’s memory lane on Saturday, December 11 at 5:00 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public; donations will be accepted to benefit St. John’s.

Fish Out of Water

December 10, 2010
7:30 pmto9:30 pm

The St. John’s Justice Team is sponsoring a showing of this film about homosexuality and the Bible. Find out how the Bible has been used by Christians to condemn and defend homosexuality, and how these beliefs have affected real people.  Following the screening will be a panel discussion on homosexuality, the Bible, and bullying.  Join us on International Human Rights Day, Friday, December 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary.