The Church of the Atonement
|Date Posted||March 12, 2023|
Chicago (Sierra Reyes & Andrea Mysen)
|Diocesan Compensation Info||https://episcopalchicago.org/for-clergy/clergy-salary-and-benefits/|
|Health Benefits||Full Family|
|Is there a rectory?||Yes|
|If there IS a rectory, is it optional or required that cleric live there?||Live-in Rectory Preferred|
|If there IS a rectory, is the compensation figure above inclusive of fair market value of rectory?||No|
|If there IS a rectory, how many bedrooms and bathrooms?||5 bedrooms, 3 bath apartment|
|Average Sunday Attendance||170|
|Child Population in Church School||10|
|Adult Population in Church School||30|
Additional comments re: compensation, benefits and housing.
Church of the Atonement owns a brick three-flat apartment building located adjacent to the Parish House. The three (5-bedroom, 3-bath) apartments have been maintained in their original 1920s state with notable woodwork, fireplace, sunrooms, and butler’s pantry. The first floor is home to the organist/ director of music, the second floor is vacant, and the third floor has long been the home of Atonement’s rectors. The garden level currently houses tenants, and a four-car garage is located off the alley.
Liturgical style and practice
The 8:00 Low Mass is an intimate, contemplative gathering—a traditional spoken mass, characterized by quiet liturgical prayer. The 9:00 Sung Mass invites all people into the mystery of God’s presence in the Eucharist, involving organ voluntaries, hymns, and liturgy sung by the congregation. By virtue of its brevity relative to the Solemn High Mass, this service is often most accessible and appealing to newcomers and families with young children. We incorporate children in the Mass as cross-bearers, acolytes, and lectors. The 11:00 Solemn High Mass is the quintessential Anglo-Catholic mass, defined by all manner of ceremonial splendor: incense and processions, organ and choral music, hymns and the chanted Gospel, bells and the chanted canon of the Mass—a transcendent encounter with the Divine. Additionally, we observe daily Morning Prayer, weekly Evening Prayer, Contemplative Prayer, and the Holy Rosary, daily weekday Masses and a Saturday Healing Mass. Our occasional observances include Evensong, Advent Lessons & Carols, and Holy Day Masses. With such an abundance of opportunities to connect with each other and God, Atonement is truly a church of faithful constancy.
The Episcopal Church of the Atonement is rooted in the Anglo-Catholic tradition. We celebrate the inexhaustible richness of the Sacred, and we experience the incarnation of the Divine through liturgy, art, and music.
Inclusive, Affirming, Embracing
People from all walks of life have found acceptance here. Our church has been a safe haven for many in the queer community on the far North Side of Chicago, and many of our LGBTQ+ parishioners play active roles in the church.
Atonement is unceasing in worship and prayer. One of our greatest assets is our daily Mass schedule. We also pray the Daily Office and are fortunate to have many retired clergy available to celebrate our weekday Masses
We seek a rector to lead us as we face these challenges:
- Finding new ways to welcome parishioners who attend our 8:00 Spoken Mass
- Creating more transparent and representative parish governance
- Encouraging more social interaction among parishioners beyond the Sunday coffee hour
- Exploring the possibility of a capital campaign to support the stewardship of our buildings
- Building a clearer mission statement to unite and focus our efforts as a community of faith
- Gradually and prayerfully guiding ourselves into more decentralized leadership
The Church of the Atonement, located on Chicago’s northeast side in the Edgewater neighborhood, seeks a full-time rector. An Anglo-Catholic parish, the Church of the Atonement offers three Sunday morning services as well as daily worship throughout the week. Liturgy is central to the congregation, and a broad range of worship and liturgical styles provide something for everyone. Local outreach is central to parish life; opportunities include community meals and food pantry assistance. The church is a central part of the Edgewater neighborhood, a diverse, popular and growing neighborhood in the city, which makes Atonement appealing to new members and a pillar in the lives of long-time members.
The Edgewater neighborhood in Chicago is located just off of the shores of Lake Michigan. It is fully accessible via public transportation and offers beach access and recreation for all seasons through the nearby parks and trails. A very walkable neighborhood, it also boasts many options for shopping, dining and social gatherings nearby.
To learn more about the Church of the Atonement, please visit their website, view their OTM or download their parish profile. To apply, please fill out the clergy form for transitions.
Interested candidates are asked to complete the diocesan Clergy Information Form for Transitions. Questions about the application process should be directed to the Reverend J. Sierra Reyes firstname.lastname@example.org.