The Diocese of Chicago reaches beyond Illinois through its companion diocese relationships with the Diocese of Renk in the Province of South Sudan, and the Diocese of Southeast Mexico in the Anglican Church of Mexico. In addition, diocesan congregations maintain relationships with Episcopal and Anglican churches in Congo, Central America, Haiti, Jerusalem, the Middle East, Mozambique and Madagascar by participating in mission trips, sharing prayer concerns and supporting missionaries.
The Commission on Global Ministry was formed by Resolution at the 2000 Diocesan Convention, and the 2001 convention passed a Resolution entering into formal Companion Diocese Relationships with Renk and Southeast Mexico for five years, officially renewing the relationship in 2006, 2011 and 2016.
The Commission on Global Ministry describes the partnerships as mutual ventures in mission that involve reciprocal visits, congregational links, language and cultural sharing, youth involvement, exchange of clergy and seminarians, and the exchange of spiritual and material resources.
More than two dozen congregations in the Diocese of Chicago have formed partnerships with congregations in one or both companion dioceses. The Rt. Rev. Joseph Garang Atem of Renk, and The Rt. Rev. Benito Juarez-Martinez of Southeast Mexico have visited the diocese on numerous occasions.
Through companion relationships, the diocese is raising awareness and assisting in establishment and expansion of outreach centers worship spaces, clinics, seminaries, and schools. Learn more about Companion Diocese Relationships on the Episcopal Church Mission Relationships webpage.