Only Lamentation

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:

For many people there seems to be little justice and no peace in the decision of a St. Louis County grand jury not to indict Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown. There is only lamentation.

We don’t do lament very well in our society, but I believe that is what is called for now. I can’t get the picture of Michael Brown’s father at his son’s funeral out of my mind. 

Read Bishop Lee's entire letter on Ferguson.

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.  

Diocesan Convention Sermon 2014

Bishop Lee: Picture a scene with me:

Two friends are working side by side helping to get things ready for a thanksgiving meal at a local soup kitchen. One of them is a long time member of his local parish…the other, well, not so much.

Jihan Murray-Smith:  What’s an Episcopalian 

Bishop:  How did you know I’m an Episcopalian?

Read more. 

Petition to Illinois Supreme Court Denied

On November 26, the Illinois Supreme Court denied a petition by the Episcopal Church to review the ruling of a lower court which had found that certain property of the former Episcopal Diocese of Quincy now belongs to a breakaway group organized as the Anglican Diocese of Quincy.

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 asking for their participation in any amount possible, and the response has been exciting. More than two-thirds of our congregations have made a commitment and the number grows each week.

Every gift to the campaign replenishes the assets that support and strengthen diocesan ministries. We give thanks to the congregations that have pledged their support.


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.