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Welcome!

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, and you will experience a vibrant community focused on learning how to love more and fear less. We honor all paths to God and ask that you don’t check your brains, beliefs or background at the door. We welcome questions and celebrate diversity. We believe in the healing nature of creativity and laughter. We would love to have you join us Sunday morning at 10 am for a true happy hour.

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 choir and fun kids club and a lively coffee hour at our  Connection Café.

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 just soak it all in and remain silent.  We trust you, we are open and we are all teachers. 

Maureen is an internationally recognized teacher of A Course in Miracles, a licensed practitioner of New Thought, and an ordained minister who identifies as a Celebrant. Her personal way of being is to celebrate all things as is. She also has 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. 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 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 is 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 community, it’s alive, it’s entertaining and elevating. It’s the old school front stoop, it’s the modern day confessional. Where folks like us who need to create come out and connect to spin and weave and unfurl; to encounter artistry and escape into inspiration. A song leads to a story and a story leads to a song and the beat goes on and out and up. Your feet tap to the rhythm, your head nods in agreement, your hands meet in appreciation, and your heart pounds in anticipation for the chance to share your voice.

Our Story

SpeakEasy Spiritual Community, located at Immanuel Hall, 302 S. Grant Street, Hinsdale, Il. 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 a seedling community that began March 15, 2015, as a collective of thirsty souls seeking an alternative Sunday morning. The magic word at SpeakEasy is “care.” SpeakEasy members refer to themselves as the “un-church” and happily hold the door open to everyone. Every creed, color, and spiritual background 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.

Learn more about our community in this article.

Our Service

Music

Music is an integral part of our service. We feature a unique blend of contemporary songs and instrumentation. Come prepared to be lifted in song.

Message

Our Spiritual Director, Maureen Muldoon challenges us to live an authentic life in flow with the Universe. She draws particular inspiration from “A Course in Miracles.”

Conversation

The most vital part of our service is the conversation. We sit in a circle to promote equality and facilitate sharing.