2017 Events

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Thursday, January 26 ~ 7:00 pm
Immanuel Lutheran Church, 616 Lake St, Evanston
Contact: Rev. Keith Fry, pastor@ilcevanston.org
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (January 18 – 25) invites the whole Christian community throughout the world to pray on the occasion of the 500th anniversary year of the beginning of the Reformation. 2017 WPCU theme is “Reconciliation – The Love of Christ Compels Us” (2 Corinthians 5:14-20). Join Evanston Christians for this beautiful annual ecumenical service.

Myth Busters
Sunday, February 26 ~ 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Grace Lutheran Church, 1430 South Blvd, Evanston
Contact: Rev. Bill Hutchison, hutchinois@ameritech.net or Dr. Cristie Traina, trainacristie@gmail.com

Do Catholics worship the Virgin Mary and the saints?  Do Lutherans re-baptize converts? Are Catholics forbidden to attend Lutheran weddings and funerals?  Do Lutherans think of the Eucharist as “just” bread and wine? These questions are examples of some of the poorly informed notions that Catholics and Lutherans have held toward each other’s traditions in times past. Yet there are still many puzzles and unanswered questions that beg to be clarified so that reconciliation and mutual appreciation can continue to grow and prosper. Perhaps you have some questions of your own about differences and commonalities between Catholic and Lutherans.  Myth Busters is an opportunity to have our questions answered and our misconceptions about each other’s traditions tweaked. Join us for this lively inquiry.

Declaration on the Way: Lenten Study
Four Thursdays of Lent:
March 9, 16, 23 & 30 ~ 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Grace Lutheran Church, 1430 South, Blvd.  Evanston IL
Contact:  Connie Wood, conniewood44@gmail.com or 847-869-2289

Drawing on 50 years of national and international dialogue, Lutherans and Catholics together have issued the “Declaration on the Way: Church, Ministry and Eucharist,” a unique ecumenical document that marks a pathway toward greater visible unity between Catholics and Lutherans. Members of Evanston’s Lutheran and Catholic communities are coming together to study and discern how “Declaration on the Way” can further our unity in Christ.

Taize Pilgrimage to St. Louis
May 26 thru May 29
Location:  St. Louis, Missouri
Contact: Pr. Betty Landis, pastor@stpaulevanston.org

In response to the urgent need to rebuild relations between different groups in the St. Louis area, especially after the events in Ferguson, Evanston’s Catholic and Lutheran young adults are going to St. Louis in solidarity to participate in the “Taize Pilgrimage of Trust.” Young adults from throughout the Midwest and North America will be attending. Costs will be kept to a minimum and scholarships will be available. Deadline for contacting Pastor Betty is April 23.

Visit website at pilgrimageoftruststl.com

Lutheran-Catholic Marriages
Saturday, October 14 ~ 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Sheil Catholic Center 2110 Sheridan Road, Evanston IL
Contact: Brigitte Bell, mutti1919@yahoo.com or Dr. Dan Olsen, dolsen@archchicago.org

This facilitated gathering will explore the gifts and challenges of inter-church families and how to cultivate greater Christian spirituality within Lutheran/Catholic homes.  If you or family members are blessed with a Lutheran/Catholic inter-church family, join us for this practical session.  Contact Brigitte if you have questions or needs.

Evanston Lutheran/Catholic Ecumenical Covenant Ceremony & Celebration
Sunday, October 29 ~ 3:00 – 5:00 pm
The Chapel at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, 2121 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL
Contact: Nilce Landau, nlandau123@sbcglobal.net or Connie Wood, conniewood44@gmail.com

After a year of preparation, Evanston Catholic and Lutheran churches will celebrate the founding of our ecumenical Covenant. The Covenant will affirm our shared beliefs, acknowledge our differences, and detail our resolutions for how we will come together in our common ministry and missions.

Covenant Renewal — Archdiocese of Chicago and Metropolitan Chicago Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Tuesday, October 31 ~ 7:00 pm
Holy Name Cathedral, State Street & Superior Street, Chicago

Evanston’s Lutherans and Catholics will join Cardinal Cupich and Bishop Miller in renewing the Archdiocese/Synod Ecumenical Covenant. After a year-long ecumenical immersion, we will be blessed by praying together with the larger Catholic and Lutheran community to become ever more united in Christ. Join us for this special occasion.