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Music is an integral part of our service. Cathy Richardson, our minister of rock, brings a bottomless wealth of talent and inspiration. Come prepared to be lifted in song.
Our Spiritual Director, Maureen Muldoon challenges us to live an authentic life in flow with the Universe Law. She is a devotee of the Divine Mother, and draws inspiration from A Course in Miracles, and other non-duality teachings.
The most vital part of our service is the conversation. We sit in a circle to promote equality and facilitate sharing. We want to hear from YOU.
Welcome to SpeakEasy! We are so glad that you found your way to our community. We know it can be difficult and confusing to go to a new place for the first time. Just come and check us out virtually on Zoom or by phone, and you will experience a vibrant community focused on learning how to love more and
Plus there are a bunch of other ways to connect in community. Scroll down for more frequently asked questions.
What is SpeakEasy?
SpeakEasy is a spiritual community for the creatively active and the spiritually thirsty. Led by Maureen Muldoon, the Sunday morning experience has been compared to a Spiritual Ted Talk followed by a conversation. Our music is lead by Cathy Richardson of Jefferson Starship. We also have a vibrant music tribe.
We gather to speak easily about spiritual truths and practices. We sit heart to heart and knee to knee, where all are welcomed to share their wisdom, worries, and wit. Or you can come to soak it all in and remain silent.
Maureen is an internationally recognized teacher of A Course in Miracles, a licensed spiritual practitioner, and an ordained minister who identifies as a Celebrant with deep roots in Catholicism, 12-step, and the spirituality of creativity.
A Place To Grow
We ask that you come with an open heart, and mind and that you don’t leave your brain, beliefs or baggage at the door. We don’t have all the answers, but we love the questions.
If you feel called to co-create, we have a media team, choir, and Sunday morning production group that support the optimal experience for all. Plus we are proud of our outreach efforts. Check out the GIVE page for all the ways we have been able to give back to our community.
Do I have to be religious or spiritual?
We are not interested in being another religion or attempting to create a universal theology. We celebrate diversity and seek a universal experience of Love. Truth is our passion, love is our religion, care is our currency and peace is our goal. No matter where you’ve been, what you believe, or who you love, you are welcome.
Our community is a diverse tapestry of people who identify as Athiest, Catholic, Christian, Buddist, Jewish, Hindu, Protestant, New Thought and agnostic, to name a few. We also have people of varying political affiliations. We welcome everyone.
Are you Bible Based?
The source used for our conversations are as diverse as the community. You are likely to hear stories and quotes from A Course in Miracles, the Bible, 12-Step, Budha, Edgar Caycee, Martin Luther King, the New York Times, Facebook, Ralph Waldo Emerson… an advertisement for fast food, a Beatles song.
We find God in the most interesting places.
Are there dues or fees?
SpeakEasy Spiritual Community is a non-profit corporation registered in the state of Illinois.
At each gathering, we pass a basket for collection. Additionally, we are able to receive online giving. Several times a year we organize fundraisers. All donations are tax deductible. We are a wealth conscious community and we tithe 10% of our collection to places where we have been spiritually fed.
Voice Box Stories
Cathy Richardson of Jefferson Starship performs a featured song, which also supplies the theme for all the evening’s stories. After each storyteller, Cathy performs another song inspired by the story. The stories and songs get woven into an amazing show that will have you laughing and singing along. After the guest storytellers are finished, audience members are encouraged to contribute their stories, which are either five sentences or two minutes in length.
It’s a story, a slam, a song, a serenade, a surrender. A place to be heard and hear about the human condition, its
SpeakEasy Spiritual Community has sprung to life and has been steadily growing! Love is our Religion, Care is our Currency and Peace is our Goal.
We started as Sanctuary Spiritual Community in 2011. Sanctuary began to morph and change and was rebranded in March 15, 2015, by a collective of thirsty souls committed to creating an alternative Sunday morning experience. The magic word at SpeakEasy is “Speak” and “Easy.”
Spirituality does not need to be complicated. SpeakEasy members refer to us as the “un-church” where all are welcome.
“If it’s about God, we want to talk about it,” says founder and Spiritual Director Maureen Muldoon, but the title she prefers is “Spiritual Vixen.” Muldoon is a storyteller and minister, maven and mystic. She leads thought-provoking, hot topic conversations and stirs the pot with her understanding of spiritual principals and the human condition, gained through years of study, practice, and the best teacher of all, life experience.
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