Sermons and Speeches

Bishop Lee's Sermons

Diocesan Convention Sermon 2013

Change. Our scriptures today hold before us a dazzling image of God at work to create new heavens and a new earth, that God is making all things -- us included -- unimaginably new. Our friend on Grey's Anatomy deftly sums it up the way physicists and other scientists do -- the one and only constant in all of physical reality is change and all that is up to us is how we will experience change, what we would call theologically the gift of human free will. To change or not change is a moot point: look in the mirror, listen to the news, walk down the street.

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Agents of Advent

Bishop Lee's preached at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Evanston on December 16, 2012, two days after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Read his sermon.

Diocesan Convention Sermon 2012

Read Bishop Lee's 2012 convention sermon, titled "Fierce Shepherd."

The Great Awakening

Bishop Lee preached on Friday, January 6, 2012 at The Great Awakening, an Epiphany event hosted by Seabury Western Theological Seminary with support from the Diocese of Chicago.

Diocesan Convention Sermon

Living Under Water, Orthodox and Practical: November 19, 2011

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Bishop Lee's Speeches

Diocesan Convention Address 2013

Read Bishop Lee's address to the 176th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Chicago, November 22-23, 2013 in Lombard, Ill.

Remarks to the House of Bishops: Loss and Possibility

On September 24, 2013, Bishop Lee spoke to the Episcopal Church's House of Bishops on loss and possibility.

Bishop Lee's Reunification Convention Sermon

Read Bishop Lee's sermon to the 175th convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago when it reconvened on June 8, 2013, to vote on reunification with the Diocese of Quincy.

Diocesan Convention 2012

The Conversation is the Relationship: Bishop's Address, November 17, 2012

Diocesan Convention 2011

This Little Light: Diocesan Convention Annual Address, November 18, 2011 (.pdf)

At the Table of God's Delight

Bishop Lee gave a presentation on October 12 at a consultation in Durban, South Africa sponsored by the Univeristy of KwaZulu-Natal and the Chicago Consultation:

"The decisions we have made as a church, in moving toward the full inclusion of all people in our sacramental life, flow not from political correctness, nor from increasingly elastic social norms, nor from an “anything goes” attitude toward sin, but precisely from a profound engagement with the central matters of the Christian faith, beginning with contemplation of the Trinity itself."

Read the entire presentation, beginning on page 14.