177th Annual Convention

The 177th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Chicago took place on Friday, November 21 and Saturday, November 22. The theme of this year's convention was "Telling Our Stories." Author Sara Miles will gave the keynote address, and the event included opportunities to share experiences and learn from congregations across our diocese. Learn more.

Bishop Lee's convention sermon is now online.

Take the convention survey.

Fall 2014 Thrive! Magazine  

The fifth issue of Thrive!, the Diocese of Chicago's magazine, has hit the streets. Thrive en Español, an excerpt of the English language publication, is also available.

Check out the new issue to learn more about the ministry of the Rev. Richard Tolliver, the partnership of Church of the Advent and Nuestra Señora in Logan Square, the transformative faith of retired Walgreens executive Randy Lewis, and 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. 

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.


Critical Cultural Competency Training in the Peoria Deanery
December 6 | St. Paul's, Peoria. 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.