Originally, this 1886 building served as an Evangelical Lutheran Church. Today, it is a non-denominational evangelical ... More
La Salle Street Church
Originally, this 1886 building served as an Evangelical Lutheran Church. Today, it is a non-denominational evangelical congregation. During the years between, ownership of the church changed hands a few times. The Christ Church of Deliverance and the Moody Church both ran the congregation for a time. Compared to other Gothic-style churches in Chicago, La Salle Street Church is a little small. However, its diminutive size adds to its charm.
LaSalle St. Church is non-denominational. But non-denominational does not mean generic. At LaSalle St. Church all ethnic and religious groups are represented as well as all income levels and backgrounds. Laura Truax, the Pastor, is dynamic, warm, welcoming and inclusive of all points of view and backgrounds. Gary Rand, the Associate Pastor, is also a composer - so, in addition to traditional music, there is music he has composed. This church has many creative people within it - set designers, artists, actors, writers, as well as lawyers, accountants and folks doing temp work to get by. There is no arm-twisting to join and no proselytizing to convert. There is just the simple joy of community and time out to worship and commune with a Higher Being. There is support for everyone, and celebration of women and men equally.
In addition, LaSalle St. is socially active - it began Cabrini-Green Legal Aid, through its Breaking Bread program it feeds the homeless at white tablecloth dinners, and through the LaSalle Foundation sponsors Cornerstone Counseling and a day care center among many other things.
I have been to a lot of churches, no church is as welcoming as LaSalle St. Whether you come once or whenever you can, you are always welcomed and remembered. This place is like a home away from home, the coffee- or tea - is always on, a smile is at the ready and compassionate understanding is always available. You just have to go to enjoy it all.
Enjoyed the innovative music and worship. This church is unpretentious, inviting, and welcoming. Seems like a very vibrant faith community with thoughtful people involved in the issues of the day. Definitely recommend LaSalle St. Church.
Every time I visit LaSalle I'm impressed with the thoughtfulness of the forums, the caliber of the art, and the generosity of the church through its many ministries to the local community and beyond. A great place to visit and an even better place (I imagine) to make home!
Services are varied and interesting with a similar structure from week to week. Mix of families and twenty somethings, diverse economic backgrounds and multi-racial acceptance makes this a warm place. Policy towards gays is favorable unless you want to be in a leadership position. Get to meet the pastor... she is vibrant.
I have been going to LaSalle since the Fall of 2002 and I enjoy the diversity and unpretention of the people there. The services are rather tradtional and worshipful. They have programs for children and teens and a lot of great speakers are brought in for their adult education.The church is also very involved in the community
There seems to be a Spirit of the place which communicates warmth, sincerity, and overall acceptance to those who make their way through its doors.
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