Fourth Dimension

Fourth Dimension is a friendship group for individuals fifty and over who gather together to explore ideas, socialize, and reinforce their faith in God.

This group typically gathers on the second Friday of each month. Most programs start at 6:00 p.m. with coffee and fellowship; a presentation by a speaker begins at 6:30 p.m. Following the talk, there is a reception with refreshments. All are welcome!

To receive the Fourth Dimension email newsletter, simply send email addresses to Anne Ellis.

Upcoming Events

“Stealing Authority from Ferguson: Free Write Jail Arts’
   Pedagogical Understanding of Youth and Rage”

   Friday, February 13, 2015
   6:00 p.m. in the Page Smith Room
   Presented by Roger Bonair-Agard of the
      Chicago Lights Free Write Jail Arts and Literacy program

Roger Bonair-Agard is active with the Chicago Lights Free Write Jail Arts and Literacy program, the only one-to-one literacy tutoring available to 150 youth incarcerated in the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. Mr. Bonair-Agard traveled to Ferguson, Missouri, with Free Write Jail Arts to lend support to the protest movement following the death of Michael Brown. What he and the group discovered is a direct link between our pedagogical imperatives and presence in St. Louis.

This talk will illuminate their discovery and start to plot a way forward for disenfranchised youth to design their own way back to literacy while avoiding the pitfalls of the juvenile justice system.

Mr. Bonair-Agard is a poet, teacher, and Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the nonprofit literary organization “the louderARTS Project.” His work has appeared in a number of journals, magazines, and anthologies, and he is the author of several books of poetry, including the most recently published If You Wake Up in the Morning and You’re Not in Brooklyn: Chicago Poems.” 

He has appeared on Russel Simmonds presents HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, the MacNeil-Lehrer NewsHour, BET presents Word, Sound, Power and has been a guest on Air America, NPS, Pacifica, and WLIB New York radio. 

Mr. Bonair-Agard is a graduate of Hunter College of the City University of New York. He is currently an M.F.A. Candidate in creative writing at the University of Southern Maine, Stonecoast Program.

A $15 registration fee is required in advance. Register online or with Anne Ellis (312.573.3369) by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 11.

“Rebuilding the Sanctuary Pipe Organ”
   Friday, March 13, 2015

   6:00 p.m.
   Presented by John Sherer,
      Organist and Director of Music at Fourth Church
   (Joint event with the Center for Life and Learning)

As Fourth Church anticipates the arrival of its rebuilt organ, John Sherer will tell the story behind its rebuilding and share some of the new sounds of the instrument, which will be the largest organ in Chicago and will serve this congregation in many more ways beyond the previous organ. Learn how this organ will add new inspiration to congregational singing and even influence other organ builders in the country.

“Chicago River Bridges”
   Friday, April 10, 2015

   6:00 p.m.
   Presented by author Patrick McBriarty

Patrick McBriarty, author of Chicago River Bridges, will provide a multimedia presentation on Chicago’s bridges and the innovation, design, and major contributions by Chicagoans to moveable bridge technology. The Windy City has long been a center for drawbridge development, making Chicago the “drawbridge capital of the world” and the greatest working drawbridge museum of any city on earth.

“Global Warming: Fact and Fiction”
   Friday, May 1, 2015

   6:00 p.m.
   Presented by David Archer, Professor at University of Chicago
   (Please note that this is a joint event with Cornerstones
      and is held on the first Friday in May.)

Professor David Archer will explore the subject of global warming, specifically addressing areas of fact and areas of fiction.


A registration fee for most events is required in advance. To register, contact Anne Ellis (312.573.3369) by the Wednesday prior to each event. Registration will not be available at the door. 

Please write “Fourth Dimension” on the memo line of a check made payable to Fourth Presbyterian Church. Checks can be mailed to the church (126 E. Chestnut Street, Chicago, IL 60611) or left in an envelope with the receptionist at the Chestnut Street entrance. Please be sure to put “Attn: Anne Ellis” on the envelope and let Anne know that you are mailing it or dropping it off so she can be on the lookout for it.  To pay by credit card, contact Anne Ellis at 312.573.3369.

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contact Anne Ellis (312.573.3369).