The Passion Project was a Palmer Grant and American Baptist Foundation funded program that is part speaker series, part discernment group, part workshop. Over the course of 2020, we heard from thought leaders that will help us find our passions. Some are local small business owners, some are nationally known spiritual leaders, some are scholars, and others are artists and activists (sometimes both). The goal is simple - to find our passions and discover what we are called to do. It is not necessary to believe in anything to be a part of the Passion Project, although a respect for varying spiritual perspectives and a commitment to pluralism are necessary. The Passion Project is a ministry of Lake Street Church of Evanston.
How It Works
The Passion Project Is Easy
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Attend our events every first Thursday of the month (COVID-19 means that some events have been moved later), have conversation, great food, and pursue your best self
Get in-between-events resources for you to discern your passion and the person you want to become.
What the Passion Project Has Done
Conversation with Rev. Dr. Amy Butler
About 75 people gathered on Zoom to hear a conversation with Rev. Dr. Amy Butler about the church, its future, and what being the first woman in the role of senior minister of The Riverside Church of New York was like. Check out the video on the right to hear our conversation.
Conversation with Shane Claiborne
Over 50 households gathered to have a conversation with Shane Claiborne. Shane is a dedicated activist and renowned author, whose works include Beating Guns, Executing Grace, and The Irresistible Revolution. Centering his work on the poor and the marginalized, Shane offers a clear message on leadership, its costs, and our duties as human beings living in times of great crisis.
Conversation with Rev. Rob Lee IV
Over 50 households gathered on Zoom and on our FB Live feed to hear Rev. Rob Lee IV talk about racism, his calling, and the cost of his call. As an ancestor of Robert E. Lee, Rob has been instrumental in calls for the end of white supremacy and the removal of public commemorations of the Confederacy. Click on video to the right to play that conversation.
Conversation with Chris Froeter, local Evanston artist
We gathered to hear a conversation with local Evanston artist, Chris Froeter about creativity, passion, and trauma. A healing balm for these troubled times: "out of adversity comes so many powerful things." Check out the video to the right.
Conversation with Prof. Richard Kraut, Northwestern University
What is the well-lived life? Prof. Richard Kraut led us on an exploration of ancient philosophers Aristotle and Plato, with some more contemporary folks mixed in. We focused on how do we define the good? What is free-will? How do we make sense of our world and our place in it? All good questions for those pursuing their passions.
Virtual Concert and Conversation with John Tuck
Over 30 households gathered to hear bassist John Tuck offer wonderful music about passion, creativity, collaboration, and the divine. You can find a video of the concert and discussion here.
Virtual Concert and Conversation with Elizabeth Anderson
Over 53 households gathered to hear cellist Elizabeth Anderson play beautiful music and talk about passion, creativity, and collaboration. You can find a video of the concert and discussion here.
Virtual Concert and Conversation with James Sanders
Over 57 households gathered to hear James Sanders and his family play original compositions and traditional pieces alike on April 30th. We talked about creativity, what it means to be human, and how to develop a passion that gives rise to what your Spirit is calling you to. You can find more about James here, and a video of the concert is available here.