Grace Commons is a welcoming community which seeks to grow in spirit, mind, and heart. Our community is centered in a generous and dynamic Christianity.

Not everyone who participates in Grace Commons events is a Christian, or considers themselves a follower of Jesus, and that's okay with us.

At the same time, our community is centered in spiritual practices rooted in Christian tradition and following the teachings of Jesus. Read about individuals' journeys in the Community Life section.

We engage the dynamic nature of Christian tradition--which is a way of life rooted in grace and hope.

Please feel welcome to participate in which ever events feel most comfortable and which resonate most deeply with you.

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Summer 2014 · All are Welcome!

This summer, commit to restoring yourself through new experiences, community activities, and educational programs. Grace Commons offers many opportunities for fun and upliftment! Join in at any time!


Things To Do | restore Summer 2014 schedule PDF

Things to Do

Sun Jul 27, 2014 @05:30PM

Remove Invaders & Restore Balance

You may have read about invasive species like buckthorn or the asian carp that outcompete other species and degrade ecosystems. What are the invaders in your life? Are there activities, ideas, or habits that take up your time and your energy, prohibiting you from engaging in the aspects of life that are most important to you? This week we will use poetry, chant, and meditation with ambient sound music to contemplate the removal of weeds from our lives. Let’s make room for growth that we find the most fulfilling.

This summer restore event is being held at St. James Presbyterian Church located at 6554 N. Rockwell St., Chicago, IL 60645.

Sunday Gatherings
Thu Jul 31, 2014 @06:30PM

Thursday Book Group

In June and July, we'll be reading and discussing the Gospel of Mark. This is the shortest gospel--direct, gritty, descriptive. It's the earliest written gospel (probably around the late 60's AD), even though it appears second in the New Testament. One commentator calls it the "first sustained, literary interpretation of the traditions about Jesus in primitive Christianity."

July 31st chapters 6-10

Anyone is welcome to join in at any time for great discussion and a dinner of vegan spaghetti!

At the home of Virginia and Jim Braxton. Call Virginia (312)944-4755 or email for directions.


Community Practices
Sun Aug 03, 2014 @05:30PM

Restoration: Nature in the City

Restore your spirit through an evening of exploration in the Magic Hedge at Montrose Beach. John Cawood will explain why the world’s birding community has bestowed such a name on this little pocket of nature and provide tips for seeing birds. We’ll also explore the ethical implications of living with city creatures with guest speaker Gavin Van Horn.

As the Director of Cultures of Conservation with the Center for Humans and Nature, Gavin Van Horn directs a series of interdisciplinary projects relevant to the resilience and restoration of human and natural communities in the great Chicago region.  His work focuses particularly on how place-based values are developed and strengthened in dialogue with local landscapes.

Look for the butterfly welcome flag and Grace Commons signage!
Bring comfortable walking shoes

This summer restore event is located atThe Magic Hedge at Montrose Ave Beach at 5:30 p.m.; Optional dinner afterward at "The Dock."

Sunday Gatherings


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Sunday Gatherings

5:30pm Most Sundays

That's right. We don't meet in the mornings on Sundays.

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Gatherings are often held at:
St. James Presbyterian Church:
6554 N. Rockwell St., Chicago, IL 60645

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