No pain is greater than the grief resulting from the loss of a loved one.

Acknowledging and embracing this reality, the Temple has a bereavement ministry to offer. Certified counselors are available for those who have experienced grief and loss and there are two meetings each month for those who are grieving provided by counselors/volunteers who have a heartfelt concern. A special session, “Preparing for the Holidays” is offered each year during the Advent/Christmas season.

For more information, contact the Reverend Wendy A. Witt at 312-236-4548 ext. 117.



For Family/Friends:
Every Tuesday 6 - 7:30pm

Living with Depression/Bipolar Disorder:
Every Thursday 6 - 7:30pm

Our mission is to provide ways in which those living with depression and bipolar disorder, will live in hope, recovery, and wellness for a fuller and richer life.

A Non-Profit, 501c 3 entity
The Chicago Loop Chapter is a non-profit, 501c 3, affiliate of the national Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, headquartered in Chicago, IL.

Facilitators have received training as a peer specialist or as a DBSA facilitator. Facilitators do not give medical advice and are not therapists. They have lived experience with depression or bipolar disorder and live by their individual positive wellness plan.

Support Groups
This is a place where you find that you are not alone and that you can receive encouragement from others. The focus in on “I can” not “I can’t.” Each session has an opening segment with introductions, followed by a brief education piece, discussion, and a closing segment. All conversation is from the “I” voice, meaning we speak from our own experience and respond in the same way. Confidentiality is essential. This a non-judgmental time.

We Need Your Participation – KEEP COMING BACK!

This support group is what you make of it. Ask questions and share about your week. You may pass or just listen at any time. You have taken a courageous step in coming to this group for the first, second, or third time and more. Your help is welcome with the set up, providing refreshments, and putting supplies away.

You are not alone. We’ve been there. We can help.
DBSA Chicago Loop Chapter
Rev. Cheryl T. Magrini, Ph.D., President


Temple Hosts Sixteen 12-Step Groups

Sixteen different kinds of 12-step groups meet regularly at the Temple. Although not sponsored by the church, the groups reflect the church’s efforts to extend its hospitality to those in need.

The present cluster of groups include Narcotics Anonymous, Gamblers Anonymous, Al-Anon, Overeaters Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous. Please consult the individual groups for dates & times.


Stephen Ministry is a confidential, one-to-one lay caring ministry that will soon be available to members of the Chicago Temple.  In one-on-one private sessions, individuals meet with their trained Stephen Minister who bears witness to Christ’s love by companioning them through a challenging life event.

The Stephen Ministry is scriptural based-counseling, but this ministry is offered to all, regardless of religious affiliation.   The Stephen Ministry takes its name from Stephen who was chosen by the apostles to provide a caring ministry to those in need (Acts 6). Since the time of the apostles, caring for each other has been considered a tenet of the Christian faith community. Stephen Ministry is based on the principle of “bear(ing) one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2, NRSV)

Stephen Ministers receive extensive training and resources before they are certified and matched with a care receiver.  Active Stephen Ministers regularly receive ongoing support and continuing education provided by Stephen Leaders, clergy, and counseling professionals.

More than 12,000 congregations in the United States and around the world use the Stephen Ministry program to equip and empower teams of laypeople to provide one-on-one, high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who seek ongoing support. For more information about the Stephen Ministry, contact The Reverend Myron McCoy, David Myford, Stephen Leader, and/or explore the links below.