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2nd Friday Movie

Second Fridays of the month at 7:30 pm, 57th Street Meeting will be showing a selection of documentary, drama, and comedy movies focused on spiritual issues and concerns.  A short discussion of the movie will follow the viewing.

October 10 - Dogma (1999)


A Kevin Smith film with Ben Affleck and Matt Damon that presents in a satire of religious dogma and populist religion. In the context of the on-going fight between good and evil, two renegade angels are wanting to exploit a loophole so to re-enter heaven and a group of unlikely people are called to stop them.

Trailer for Dogma

Upcoming movies and trailers

  • November 14 - DMT: The Spiritual Molecule
  • December 12 - Arranged
  • January 9 - American History X
  • Feburary 13 - Keeping the Faith
  • March 13 - Jesus of Montreal


Children's Religious Education

Children's Religious Education (First Day School) is held concurrent with Meeting for Worship at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays. The children are divided into two age groups: Explorers (ages 8 and older) and Wonderers (ages 3-7). Childcare is provided for children too young to participate in the programs.

  Sept 21: Explorers: Dying T-shirts with Walnuts and Marigolds
                 Wonderers: Godly Play, Parable of the Mustard Seed

   Sept 28: Explorers: Silence and Its Uses
                 Wonderers: Godly Play, Parable of the Sower



Understanding and Responding to LGBTQ Concerns in East Africa

57th Street Meeting of Friends will be hosting a two-part program on Saturday, October 11 that will seek to understand, explore, and discuss concerns about the treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people in East Africa.

The program will start off at 1:00 p.m. with a presentation by and discussion with Justimore Musombi. Justimore is a Kenyan Quaker pastor who has been attending Earlham School of Religion in Richmond, Indiana. While in the US, he came out as gay and has since been formally disowned by his family and meeting. He recently got asylum in the U.S.  He will be presenting his experience of being gay in Kenya, his disownment, and his views on how Western Quakers and other Westerners might respond to the situation of LGBTQ people in East Africa and the Quaker churches there.

The second part of the program will be a showing of the documentary film God Loves Uganda followed by a discussion led by Yasmin Nair regarding Western responses to the situation of LGBTQ people in East Africa.  The film explores the intersection between race, class, and religion in the context of an evangelical Christian campaign to change African culture with values imported from America’s Christian right.  Its presentation of LGBTQ concerns in East Africa, in the context of racism and neocolonialism, follows American and Ugandan religious leaders, on both sides of the issue, responding to concerns about sexual immorality and homosexuality.   Yasmin Nair is a Chicago-based writer, activist, academic, and commentator.  Her writing and organizing address issues like neoliberalism and inequality, queer politics and theory, the politics of rescue and affect, sex trafficking,  and the immigration crisis.  She is a co-founder and member of the editorial collective Against Equality and Policy Director of Gender JUST (Gender Justice United for Societal Transformation).  Joining Yasmin will be Wil Brant, who was released by 57th Street Meeting of Friends to teach ethics at Friends Theological College in Kaimosi, Kenya.

The program will be held at 57th Street Meeting of Friends, 5615 S. Woodlawn Ave. Chicago, IL 60637, Saturday, October 11, 1:00-5:00 p.m.  You are welcomed to attend one or both part parts.  There is no cost for the program, though donations will be accepted to help with the costs of the program.

Trailer for God Loves Uganda



What did George Fox Mean by "That of God in Everyone"?

The Adult Religious Education Program will be having an extended discussion on the topic of “that of God in everyone."  This discussion will be base on  “‘That of God in Every Man’-- What Did George Fox Mean by It?” which is an article from Quaker Religious Thought written by Lewis Benson.  The program is on Sundays, 9:15-10:15 a.m.

9/21     That of God in contemporary Quaker usage
9/28     That of God in contemporary peace
                  and social  testimonies


Welcome/Welcome Back Picnic

Sunday, October 5 after Meeting for Worship will be a time set aside over food and fellowship to welcome those new to the community and to welcome back those who have been gone over the summer.

World Quaker Day

Friends World Committee for Consultation invites every Quaker meeting and church from around the world to celebrate World Quaker Day on October 5, 2014. As the sun rises in each area of the world, remember that Quakers are worshiping through every time zone, celebrating their deep connections across cultures and Quaker traditions. The theme for the day is "Let Your Life Speak: Living the Kabarak Call for Peace and Ecojustice." The theme connects to the work done at the World Conference of Friends in 2012 in Kenya and takes the work forward into the context of local spiritual communities.  Additional information, documents, and a flyer are available at

Spring 2014 Among Friends

The Spring 2014 issue of ILYM's Among Friends is now available online.  This issue includes Reflections on a Lifetime of Pastoral Counseling, Listening Towards a Spirit of Inclusion, ILYM Programming Committee Update, and much more. 


September Western Work

The August issue of WYM newsletter is available (539K PDF). In additon to information about yearly meeting and monthly meeting events.
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