Experiencing Easter in all its Diversity

Sharing the Faith is an educational program offering opportunities for the larger Chicago community to learn about Judaism, Christianity, and Islam during their respective sacred seasons.   By collaborating with local parishes, congregations, and communities, Niagara will create programs that are both nourishing for the respective community and for a larger interfaith  audience.   Our goal: to raise literacy of each of the Abrahamic faiths, create safe spaces/experiences for reflection, and respectfully showcase each tradition in its unique Chicago flavor.

Christians worldwide are celebrating the season of Easter. We want to explore this season’s meaning by hearing about it’s history, narratives, and spiritual themes as presented through voices from Northeast Illinois’ diverse Christian traditions. The best way to learn is to go straight to the source!

Click on the Easter 2014 events below for more information and to register:

Join us as we dive into the richness of the Lutheran tradition as presented through the community of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Arlington Heights. The evening will begin with a meal and short presentation on the spiritual themes that guide Lutheran Christians during “Holy Week.” We will then move into a “Maundy Thursday Service” and close with a debriefing on all that was seen, said, and done.

This is a great opportunity to ask questions and to learn a bit more about a particular form of Christian memorializing of Jesus and to hear about the reasoning behind commemorating a sacred meal. Individuals, couples, and families are invited to participate. All faiths are strongly encouraged to attend. There is no cost for admission.

When:               April 17, 2014 – 6:00PM
Where            Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church: 1234 N. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights, IL.


You can’t get the full Chicago experience, whether cultural or culinary, without visiting it’s famous Greek Town. Similarly, it would be hard to understand the vibrancy of Easter without learning about the Greek Orthodox tradition.

Holy Taxiarhai & Saint Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church would like to invite you as a guest to learn about the richness of the Greek Orthodox tradition.  What better way to learn about this tradition than through the community’s sacred ritual? The evening will begin with a Solemn Vespers Easter liturgy and close with a presentation and reflection from members of the community. Individuals, couples, and members of all faiths are welcome to attend. There is no cost for admission.

When:             April 6, 2014 – 6:30PM
Where:            Holy Taxiarhai & St. Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church: 7373 N Caldwell Avenue, Niles, IL


Niagara Foundation and Willow Creek Chicago present:  The Way of the Cross,  a self-guided interactive event representing the events leading up to Jesus’s death on the cross. Join us as we dive into the richness of the Evangelical tradition as presented through the community Willow Chicago.

What better way to learn about the Christian tradition than through this reflection on the person of Jesus?  The program runs all-day on Good Friday, April 18th from 11:00AM to 8:00PM.  However, at 11:30AM Willow leadership will personally guide a group through the various stations, or scenes, recounting the final hour of Jesus’ life as outlined in the New Testament.

This is a great opportunity to ask questions and to learn a bit more about a particular form of Christian memorializing of Jesus.  Individuals, couples, and families are invited to participate.  All faiths are strongly encouraged to attend.


Our religious identities are folded into our religious rituals.  For Christians, the Palm Sunday worship service is an important celebratory ceremony retelling the story of Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem before his death and is the first day for what Christians call, “Holy Week.”

Are you interested in learning more about the history of this commemoration, its beautiful imagery, symbols, and theology?  Then consider joining members of Fourth Presbyterian Church on Palm Sunday, April 13th, as they guide you through this important day for their community. We will provide information sessions before and after the worship service for preparation and to ask questions. Space is limited.

If you are interested please send an email to [email protected] to confirm availability.

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