Sermons on Racial Justice

In the wake of protests around the country following the death of unarmed black boys and men during encounters with police, we're posting sermons and resources about racial justice.

Check out the current postings, and send your contributions to the Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, director of networking, via email.

Episcopal Relief & Development Exhibit

The D. Kyle Beecken Memorial Gallery at St. James Commons is hosting the 75th anniversary photo exhibit of Episcopal Relief & Development through May 26. The exhibit includes photographs of Episcopal Relief & Development's work on five continents. The catalog is available online, and an AllHands75 app, which Episcopal Relief & Development calls "a personal e-docent," is available for iPhone and Android.

Read more.

Steeple Chasers On the Run

In June, a team of runners called the Steeple Chasers will run two Ragnar Relay races to raise funds for the Episcopal Relief & Development 75th anniversary campaign. One group will participate in Ragnar Relay Chicago, a 200-mile relay from Madison, Wisconsin to Chicago. A week later, a group bound for the General Convention of the Episcopal Church in Salt Lake City will take on Ragnar Wasatch Back in the Utah mountains.

Support the team with  an online donation. To volunteer, email Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows.

CROSSwalk to Work 2015

CROSSwalk to Work is a program and partnership between the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago and Youth Guidance. In the summer of 2014 we connected 15 young people, ages 16-19, to full and part-time jobs for 8-10 weeks. For 2015 we plan to continue to build on that model and hope to offer even more jobs. View our CROSSwalk to Work summary here.

Find out more and watch a video from mentor Anne Driscoll about her experience with CROSSwalk to Work

Spring 2015 Thrive!

"At the top of my list of 'improbable and amazing' ways to make a difference in the world is St. Chad's catfish ministry to Loves Park and the Rockford area," writes Bishop Lee in the new issue of Thrive!, the diocese's semi-annual magazine. "Indeed, back when we began Thrive! three years ago, if you had told me we'd have a catfish on the cover, I'd have said you were crazy." Read the new issue online and look for it at Episcopal churches across the diocese soon.


Diocesan Godly Play Training
May 29 - 31 | St. Augustine's, Wilmette

Keeping God's People Safe Level I & II
June 6 | St.  Thomas, Chicago

Diocesan Confirmation
June 6 | St.  James Cathedral

Clergy Conference
October 11 - 13 | Techny Towers
Hispanic Liturgy
October 24 | St. James Cathedral 
2015 Diocesan Convention
November 20 - 21  | Westin Lombard

View a complete listing of upcoming diocesan events.