177th Annual Convention

The 177th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Chicago will take place on Friday, November 21 and Saturday, November 22 at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center in Lombard.

The theme of this year's convention is "Telling Our Stories." Author Sara Miles will give the keynote address, and the event will include opportunities to share experiences and learn from congregations across our diocese. Learn more.

Catfish and the Mission of God

If you've never considered the role of catfish in the mission of God, you'll have a chance at the Diocese of Chicago's annual convention, November 21-22 in Lombard.

The Diocese's convention is known for resembling a big, noisy, joyful family reunion, and during the Friday and Saturday morning workshops, convention goers will have the chance to find out just what fascinating relatives they have. Read more.

What Evangelism Is and Isn't

Author Sara Miles, who has written deeply personal books on her conversion to Christianity and her ministry in poor communities in San Francisco, will be talking about listening when she gives the keynote speech at the diocese's convention on November 21 at the Westin Hotel in Lombard.

"I am really interested in talking about evangelism and what evangelism is and isn't," says the author of City of GodTake this Bread, and Jesus Freak. “The short version is that evangelism is about listening; it is not necessarily about telling." Read more. 

Supporting Marriage Equality

The Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago wishes to express its strong support as the State of Illinois officially begins celebrating same sex marriages on June 1. As a Christian denomination that recognizes the importance of scripture, tradition and reason, we believe in a God who commanded us to “love one another as I have loved you.” As Christians, our understanding of homosexuality has evolved along with our understanding of marriage.

Read the Standing Committee's entire statement and all of Bishop Lee's past letters on marriage equality.

Places of Grace and Gladness

The campaign for the Diocese of Chicago, Places of Grace and Gladness, is in the third and final stage. A call has gone out to congregations across the diocese asking for their participation in any amount possible. The response has been exciting and heartening. At this point in time over two-thirds of our congregations have indicated their commitment and the number grows each week.

As of now, every gift to the campaign goes to replenish the diocesan assets that make a variety of grants possible. These grants support and strengthen ministries across our diocese.

We give thanks to the parishes and missions that have pledged their support. View the list of participants to-date.


Episcopal Charities and Community Services Ball
November 7 | Radisson Aqua Blu

177th Annual Diocesan Convention
November 21 - 22 | Westin Lombard Yorktown Center. Register here.

Fierce Conversations Training
January 21 - 22| St. James Commons. Register here.

Clergy Quiet Day (1 of 2)
February 24| More details to come.

Clergy Quiet Day (2 of 2)
March 7| More details to come.

View a complete listing of upcoming diocesan events.