February 18, 2014 3:38 PM Subscribe
I am looking for a church in Chicago - one that meets a few particular requirements.
posted by Ruby Me to Religion & Philosophy (6 answers total)
a young-ish population
diverse congregation (I am Black, female, in my late 20s)
a pastor/leader who is grounded in the text (I'm trying to avoid the simple, "life advice" sort of sermons)
And most importantly, I need:
something on the North side (Lakeview-ish?), train-accessible if at all possible
a strong choir (I really like choirs! And don't love the one- or two-person outfits that run worship in many places)
If it's helpful, some more details:
-I grew up in Baptist churches, the raucous, speaking in tongues type, but I don't particularly need that now.
-United Methodist churches sound good on paper, but of the few I have visited, they have felt too old-fashioned for me; I have had success with non-denominational churches before.
-Diverse does not mean Black to me - I just would like to not be the only brown face in the crowd.
-I try to avoid the anonymity of the megachurches, but I don't necessarily need to know everyone by name either. A mid-size, couple hundred person or so church would do just fine.
-The hardest part of my church search has seemed to be the choir part of the equation. I only find the traditional choir vibe I'm looking for at older, Black churches, which is fine, but I haven't found any on the north side and I REALLY hate the Sunday morning traffic trying to get to the south side. Since moving to Chicago, I have learned that I am not going to make it to church if I have to think about an hour-long drive to get back home.