Racial Justice Resources

In the wake of protests around the country following the death of unarmed black people during encounters with police, we've posted sermons, essays, and links to books, articles, videos and reading lists about racial justice.

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

Bishop Lee Celebrates Marriage Equality

"I support civil marriage equality simply because I believe in equal protection under the law. I support sacramental marriage equality because I believe that the union of two persons in heart, body and mind is a school of holiness, a way of ordering our lives so that we might learn to be more faithful servants of Christ.  Such unions can be sources and signs of grace, both for the couple and for the wider community, and we need all of the grace we can get."

Read more.

Bishop Lee Laments Charleston Shootings

Dear Friends,

Once again we witness the horror of gun violence, this time in a church in South Carolina. We must continue to work for a society in which we will not have to confront such unspeakable tragedy. We must continue to work for a world in which the scourge of racism does not spill blood on our streets, in our schools, and even in our churches.

Read Bishop Lee's entire letter.


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. In 2015 we are building 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

Historic Election of Bishop Michael Curry

Bishop Lee writes, "Today bishops and deputies of the Episcopal Church made history. Set within the context of prayer and singing at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Salt Lake City, bishops elected the Rt. Rev. Michael Curry to serve as the 27th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church and the House of Deputies has confirmed. His election was consented to with great enthusiasm by the House of Deputies. I rejoice at the election of Bishop Curry."

Read more.

Calendar


Seating of the Dean of St. James Cathedral 
September 13   | St. James Cathedral

Holy Cross Day with the Rev. Dr. Louis Weil
September 14  | St. James Commons

Bishop's Associates Bus Tour 
September 19 

Analyzing Systemic Racism Training 
October 8 - 10 |  St. James Commons

Fall 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.

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