An Introduction to Exodus with Jeff Stackert

Join the Adult Formation talk this Sunday at 10:20a to hear about the book of Exodus from Jeff Stackert, Professor of Hebrew Bible at the University of Chicago.

Schedule for following weeks:

September 24
Sermon: KJ Oh on freedom - Exodus 6: 1-9
Formation Talk: The Influence of Exodus on the African-American Experience with Curtis Evans, Professor of American Religions at the University of Chicago.
October 1
Sermon: Roger Ferlo on the Songs of Moses and Miriam - Exodus 15:1-21
Formation Talk: Exodus and Current Liturgical Practice with Jeff Stackert.
October 8
Sermon: Peter Lane on God blotting out the Hittites -  Exodus 23:20-33
Formation Talk: ‘Is God Violent? (And are we?)’ with Cynthia Lindner, Director of Ministry Studies at the U of C.
October 15
Sermon: KJ Oh on seeing God and the Shining Face of Moses - Exodus 33: 12-23 & 29-35
Formation Talk: The Law with Rabbi David Minkus, Rabbi at Rodfei Zedek


Thank you for your generosity towards Haiti

Thank you for your incredible generosity. SPR raised nearly $21,000 for our partnership with St. Patrick’s in Haiti. We give thanks to the over hundred people who gave. This money would help us continue to support the ministry in Haiti as we strengthen our bonds with them.


Construction Updates: Replacing the Front Steps?

For the next few weeks, those requiring an accessible entrance will need to use the one off the parking lot. We are replacing the front steps. Why? 1) Those steps form the ceiling of a part of the basement, a very leaky ceiling. The new steps will be water proof. 2) The new configuration will make it much easier for wheelchairs to enter the building. 3) The concrete has been degrading and our efforts to repair it have become more expensive and less effective. 4) Our new front entrance will be clearly accessible and very welcoming.


20s/30s Event: The Political and Economic Implications of the Christian Eucharist

What does communion have to do with social justice? What do the simple elements of bread and wine have to say to wider social conditions of despair, alienation, and white supremacy?

Join us at our next 20s/30s event on Friday, September 29th, as we reflect on the political and economic implications of the Christian Eucharist. Meet us at McCormick Theological Seminary (5460 S. University Ave) at 6pm for a shared community meal, followed by a keynote. Liberation theologian Claudio Carvalhaes (Associate Professor of Worship, Union Seminary) will present. The program will end by 9pm. For sign-up visit or email Kenji Kuramitsu.


Sign up for Exodus Small Group meetingSundays at 6p

Sign up soon for a four-week small group on the book of Exodus. The book is an inspiring saga that gave people a sense of unity and hope and it can give us a language for re-imagining our own common future. The groups will meet for a 90 minute session each week starting Sept 24. The group will meet Sundays at 6:00p with Deacon Jack Seymour. There will be dinner at Jack’s home on 9/24, followed by meetings in Byllesby Room. For more information see: Reading Exodus Together


Newcomers Small Group

If you are relatively new to the church or want to know more about SPR then please sign up for the Newcomers small group that will meet on Sundays at 6:00p with Peter Lane & Ellen Wiggins. The group will meet in SPR chapel on 9/24, 10/1 & 10/8. There will also be dinner at Peter’s home on 10/15. For more information contact Peter Lane or Ellen Wiggins.


The Jane Averill Community Reading Day - Read at Shoesmith

The Hyde Park/Kenwood CAC is organizing a community-wide reading event on Friday, October 6. Volunteers will spend approximately 20-30 minutes at a public elementary school in the area, reading to small groups in the youngest classrooms (pre-k or kindergarten), followed by a tour of the school. Volunteers will read the children’s book, We All Sing with the Same Voice, a favorite of Jane Averill, Hyde Park resident, long-time educator, and CAC member. Please use this link to sign-up to volunteer. You could also email parishioner Kara Scott with questions.


SPR on Tap- New Group

A new SPR group is starting this Fall. The group will meet at Jimmy’s Woodlawn Tap every second Tuesday of the month at 7:30pm. If you are interested and would like more information please contact: Romonda Mckinney BumpusMicah Prochaska, or Sally Wolcott.