CHICAGO (RNS) — There was an accordion player framed by twinkle lights in the doorway of the church and a fire pit on the sidewalk outside fighting back the cold and darkness of a windy, mid-November evening in Chicago, occasionally sending up a shower of sparks.
The Rev. Rebecca Anderson, co-pastor of Gilead Church Chicago, had imagined the overall mood of the evening would be “bittersweet, like sad clown” or “tiny apocalyptic carnival.”
But the dozen or so people masked and distanced in the glow of the fire and twinkle lights were surprisingly cheery, exchanging greetings from afar, for an event pitched as The Beer Release at the End of the World.
It’s hard not to