Lake Street Church embraces the study of the world’s religions and spiritual movements in pursuit of each person’s spiritual journey.

Everyone is encouraged to contribute suggestions for ways to share the hidden wholeness of life that connects us all. The opportunities to learn and connect with each other within groups and programs are as diverse as the church itself.

Learning

Exploring Christianity

Exploring Christianity (the Christian large group) meets on the first Sunday of every month at noon (usually) in the Parker Room. The purpose of these group meetings is to make available to members/congregants of LSC a forum for learning about and discussing a variety of Christian-related topics. The focus of our group discussions range from the past (the history of Christianity) to the present (current thinking from various scholars about the state of Christianity) to the future (needs for change in) Christianity.

The Teachings of Compassion

A Buddhist Perspective

Compassion and diminishing suffering for all living beings is a special focus of the Buddhist tradition. Explore and reflect on their relevance to our lives. Weekly, Sunday morning at 9:30, the Library. Check calendar for schedule. Facilitator: Dan Lyonsmith.

Video Discussion: The New Testament

In these lectures Professor Bart D. Ehrman develops a carefully reasoned understanding of the New Testament—and the individuals and communities who created its texts. Importantly, Professor Ehrman’s approach is as an historian, and the course “suspends” belief or disbelief to understand how, when, why, and by whom the New Testament was written. He explains in detail the light that historical research brings to the texts. He also reviews key texts omitted from the New Testament. Weekly, Sunday morning at 9:30, Parker Room. Facilitator: Gordy Hazen.

Book Group: White Fragility

Join us in a four-week examination of Robin DiAngelo’s book White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism.

Each week, we will discuss 3 chapters of the book. However, we will also provide summaries of the chapters, so please join us even if you fall behind in reading. We believe this is a vital conversation, and we hope you will be part of it.

We will meet at 9:30 AM in the Parlor, on February 9, 16, 23, and March 1. Copies of the book are available in the church office for $10 or at most local booksellers. Sydney Reed and Jillian Westerfield are facilitating.

Groups & Programs

Let's Be Frank Improvisers

Join a playful and fun-loving group of folk who practice improvisation on Saturday mornings. Weekly, Saturday morning at 11 a.m., location may vary, check calendar. Facilitator: Rich Berry.

Meditation Monday

If you are interested in a daily spiritual practice and would like to join a small group of like-minded people, this is for you! No need to follow any particular religion or belief when using this meditation practice. It is universal! All are welcome. Monthly, fourth Monday at 7 pm, Parker Room. Facilitator: Loretta Line.

Navigators

Our Evolving Selves: Where and How? Looking back, how did we get to where we are? Looking ahead, how might we get to where we want to go? A place to reflect on and share our experiences moving into older adulthood. Monthly, second Monday at 9:30, Parker Room. For more information, click here. This group is currently on hiatus.

Sadhana Saturday

If you are interested in a daily spiritual practice and would like to join a small group of like-minded people, this is for you! No need to follow any particular religion or belief when using this meditation practice. It is universal! All are welcome. Monthly, second Saturday at 10 am, Parker Room. Facilitator: Loretta Line.

Women's Circle

Enjoy a potluck supper while getting to know each other better both spiritually and intellectually. Social time is followed by discussion of a different topic each month. New participants welcome at any time. No reservations necessary. Monthly, first Friday, at 6:30 pm, 1825 Asbury, Evanston. Facilitator: Kay Muller.