Give to the Bishop's Appeal

Christ is risen. The Lord is risen, indeed! After a record-breaking winter here in the Midwest, we are grateful not only for the resurrection of Christ but also for the signs of spring, growth and renewal in nature.

The Episcopal Diocese of Chicago is also growing.

Read Bishop Lee's entire letter, donate to the Bishop's Appeal online, or download a brochure.

Nimble Enough to Respond: Church of the Advent, Logan Square

The Rev. Peter Siwek of Church of the Advent in Logan Square doesn’t romanticize doing ministry on a shoestring, but he is clear that it has some advantages. Siwek, who is the quarter-time vicar at the parish on the northwest side of Chicago, says that the congregation’s modest resources help people focus on the reasons they’re at church.

“The greatest spiritual gift is that all we have to offer is the Jesus story in community and the desire to help other people,” said Siwek. 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.


Diocese Ponders Next Legal Move

On Thursday, July 24, the Fourth District Appellate Court for the State of Illinois upheld a lower court’s ruling that certain property of the Episcopal Diocese of Quincy belongs to a breakaway group, now organized as the Anglican Diocese of Quincy.

The position of the Episcopal Church is that individual parishes and dioceses hold their property in trust for the wider church, and that those who cease to be members of the Episcopal Church may not take the property with them. This position has been upheld in most similar cases decided throughout the country.

Read more.

Places of Grace and Gladness

 

A new video tells the story of Places of Grace and Gladness, a campaign to support ministry across the Diocese of Chicago. Learn more about the campaign.