Vandalism against All Saints, Chicago, soup kitchen

This morning, we posted an item about a story in The New York Times‘ Chicago edition about the soup kitchen at All Saints Episcopal Church. A few hours later, our friend, the Rev. Bonnie Perry, All Saints rector, texted us to let us know that the church had been vandalized.


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The vandals had apparently read the Times’ story, which juxtaposed the wealth of All Saints’ neighborhood with the poverty of patrons of the soup kitchen. It concluded:

Oh, the couple across the street just put the Abbott House on the block for $2.3 million. Buy it and the porch will provide a box seat view of our complex economy. And, if so inclined, consider walking into a place like All Saints and keeping fellow citizens from drowning.

The vandals knocked out one pane of a stained glass window and slid a garden hose through the opening. One third of the sanctuary sustained water damage.

All Saints is the tenth largest church in the Diocese of Chicago.

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