Church of Our Saviour

Lincoln Park's Episcopal Church Chicago, IL
Church of Our Saviour
Church of Our Saviour
Church of Our Saviour
Church of Our Saviour
Church of Our Saviour
Church of Our Saviour
Church of Our Saviour
Church of Our Saviour
Church of Our Saviour
Church of Our Saviour
Church of Our Saviour
Church of Our Saviour
Church of Our Saviour

Who We Are

COS welcomes every kind of person - teenagers and seniors, married and single, wealthy and just getting by, city dweller and suburbanite, gay and straight. One unique aspect of COS is our long and happy history of welcoming households that are raising children in the city. We are already a multi-generational community, reflecting the Lincoln Park neighborhood. COS is a traditional Episcopal Church, but one that is always sensitive to the questions and searches of individuals who need fresh answers to some of life’s oldest questions. COS has welcomed gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people for decades. If you are someone whose been around the Episcopal Church for a long time, COS will be very recognizable to you!

About Us

Vibe
Traditional Liturgy, Creative, Down to Earth, Multigenerational, Progressive, Gay affirming, Inclusive, Downtown, Historic, Friendly

Programs
Community Service, Daycare, Food Pantry, Adult Education, Yoga/Meditation, Missions, Choir, Youth Group, Young Adults, Addiction/Recovery, Social Justice

Music
Passionate Reverent, Traditional Hymns, A capella, Psalms a capella, Contemporary

Denomination
Episcopal

Size
Medium

Language
English

Founded
1867

Plan Your Visit

Services

Contact

Address
530 W. Fullerton
Chicago, IL 60614

Phone
773.549.3832

Website

Directions
Get directions on Google Maps

Our Services

What are services like?
Each of our four services has a unique character, with different musical leadership. For early-rising traditionalists, the 7:45 spoken eucharist is the real deal. For families with young children, the 9:00 eucharist is inclusive and lively. For those who want the grand eucharist with pipe organ, incense and full choir, the 10:45 is all that and more (with a coffee hour following). And for those who like their worship quietly, deeply sacred, the 5:30 eucharist is Tradition with a Twist, re-casting the 1st century worship style for the 21st century.

What is the community like?
Our community is vibrant and diverse! Multi-generational, multi-ethnic, and inclusive for all. Eucharist is offered to anyone who'd like to receive it. Our church is alive seven days a week, with our Food for Friends ministry serving 100 meals for lunch on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday. We have Youth Group, Young Adult Forums, Bible Studies, Book Clubs, mission trips, catechesis, and much more!

What if I'm not a Christian?
Please come anyway! Anyone is welcome to receive eucharist at our services, and our congregation is truly diverse. Even if you only come to hear the music (which is incredible, with three entirely different styles and leaders), you are absolutely welcome in our church.

Leadership View all

Brian Hastings

Brian Hastings

Brian was born in a small city just west of Toronto, Canada, the eastern-most parish of the Diocese of Huron. Although the family eventually moved right into the city, Brian was raised up for the priesthood and ordained in his home diocese. Immediately after his ordination to the diaconate, Brian emigrated to the United States to join a community of Episcopalian Benedictine monks in Three Rivers, Michigan. Parishioners (and anyone who’s listened to Brian’s homilies over the years) know that his five years of monastic experience gave him many decades of stories and reflections. He left the monastery on Ash Wednesday 1985 and moved to Chicago. He has served in several parishes on Chicago’s north side and throughout the Diocese of Chicago. At the same time that his parish ministry began, he started a small practice in spiritual direction. From the time he arrived, Brian was involved in a variety of community commitments, including the Aids Pastoral Care Network and Demico Youth Services in Cabrini Green. In 1990 he left full-time parish work to emphasize spiritual direction. He served as an honorary assistant at St. James’ Cathedral and did interim and supply work around the diocese. Brian is a popular retreat leader and has led clergy, vestry, individual and small group retreats throughout the United States and Canada. His retreat work at the DeKoven Foundation in Racine Wisconsin led to his invitation to sit on their Board of Directors. Conserving the remarkable heritage of its buildings and history of service to the Episcopal Church, yet seeking a new and vigorous ministry for the site in the 21st century is a current passion of his. Brian currently serves as Rector of Church of Our Saviour in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago. He arrived in 1999 in a very part-time capacity and was elected Rector in 2008. Like DeKoven, COS has both a remarkable architectural and ‘people’ heritage. He and the congregation are equally energized about moving this heritage into the future. Brian and Roger Gumm have been life-mates for over 27 years. Together they helped raise two daughters, who are now both married with children of their own. Bicycling, walking their Cairn Terrier (the famous Ripley) and tending a young vineyard rounds out Brian’s life.

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