Who We Are
Holy Trinity is vibrant, progressive, and diverse. Many were raised Lutheran but lots of others were Roman Catholics, other Protestants, or sometimes nothing at all. More than half are in their 20s and 30s, reflecting our neighborhood. We have a number of people who come to church alone, either because they are single or their partner does not attend. There are many families with young children. In fact, there are more than 70 children under ten, including many infants. The LBGT community is well-represented and there are a number of same-sex couples, some with children. Some members have seminary degrees and others are new to the faith. Holy Trinity has a strong connection with the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and each year we have one or more seminarians as part of the ministry team.
Our theology reflects the Lutheran emphasis on grace, and the need for continuing reformation of the Church as it seeks ways to speak the gospel powerfully to contemporary culture. We value spiritual insights from Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Native Americans and others as we together work for peace and justice in the world.
You may have had a bad experience with church or religion when growing up. We welcome skeptics and those who struggle with faith or organized religion. It can hard to move beyond childhood religion to one that makes sense in today’s world. Wherever you are in your spiritual life you are welcome at Holy Trinity.
We believe that we are called to live our faith in the world as we work for justice and seek the good of all. Through the ONE Northside we address issues such as affordable housing, hate crimes, youth homelessness and access to health care. We have worked with Refugee One to sponsor refugee families. We volunteer at the Lakeview Pantry, the Night Ministry, the Crib Shelter for homeless youth, and the feeding program of South Loop Campus Ministry. We give approximately ten percent of our offerings to support local ministries in Chicago, world hunger and other ministries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.