Racial Justice Resources

Last year, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry issued a message to the Episcopal Church saying, "I ask and invite us as congregations and individuals who are together the Episcopal Church of the Jesus Movement to intentionally, purposely, and liturgically rededicate ourselves to the way of Jesus, the work of racial reconciliation, the work of healing and dismantling everything that wounds and divides us, the work of becoming God’s Beloved Community."

Find sermons, articles, and other resources for racial justice and reconciliation, and send your submissions to Jen Boyle-Tucker via email.


Bishops United Calls for Assault Weapons Ban, Prayer of Lamentation

Bishops United Against Gun Violence, of which Bishop Lee is a member, is calling the church to advocate for an assault weapons ban and to offer prayers of lamentation. Read their statement in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, on the Bishops United website, and follow Episcopalians Against Gun Violence for updates on advocacy actions now being planned.

Transforming Leadership

Bishop Lee gave the keynote address at the 180th convention of the Diocese of Chicago on November 17:

Whenever I think about the topic of leadership, I can't help but remember a presentation I heard many years ago by Parker Palmer—an imaginative retelling of the story of the feeding of the 5000. I think about it often, especially in terms of the kind of ministry I am convinced we need a whole lot more of in the church just now...It's a way of hearing the story that has become precious to me...especially the longer I go on in this bishop business.

Read more or watch a video of the address.

Tax Reform Updates for Donors

Now that the 2017 tax reform bill has become law, the Episcopal Church Foundation recommends that donors "begin planning ahead for 2018 and beyond. As reported in the Wall Street Journal and other sources, due to the pending limits on deductions for state and local taxes for taxpayers who itemize, charitable contributions made before December 31 may be more beneficial in 2017 than in subsequent years."

Find a sample letter and options for donors in 2017 and beyond.

From Bishop Lee: Pray and Advocate for Dreamers/Rezar y Abogar por los "Dreamers"

Dear People of God in the Diocese of Chicago:

These are urgent times for Christians who seek to follow Jesus by loving our neighbors as ourselves. Today, we learned that more than 800,000 young people brought to the United States as children before 2007 are at risk of deportation if Congress does not pass legislation that protects them before March 5.

Estimado Pueblo de Dios en la Diócesis de Chicago:

Estos son momentos urgentes para los cristianos que quieren seguir a Jesús por amar a nuestros prójimos como a nuestros mismos. Hoy aprendimos que más que 800.000 jóvenes que fueron traídos a los Estados Unidos como niños antes de 2007 se encuentran en peligro de deportación si el Congreso no aprueba legislación que los protege antes del 5 de marzo.

Read more.


March 10 | St. James the Less in Northfield
March 15 - 17 | St. James Commons
Holy Tuesday Reflection & Blessing of Chrism
March 27| St. James Commons
April 13-15 |DeKoven Retreat Center, Racine WI
June 10 - 16, 2018  | Loyola Retreat Campus in Woodstock, IL
View a complete listing of upcoming diocesan events.