The Diocese of Chicago reaches beyond northern Illiniois to bring Good News to the world through its partnerships with companion dioceses in Renk, Sudan and Southeast Mexico; through mission trips, material support and prayer for the church in the Congo, Central America, Haiti, Jerusalem and the Middle East, Mexico, and Mozambique; and support of missionaries worldwide. Much of this work is coordinated by the Commission on Global Ministry and its subcommittees for companion diocese relationships.
At the 2001 Annual Convention the Diocese of Chicago established companion relationships with two dioceses in other provinces of the Anglican Communion: The Diocese of Renk in the Episcopal Church of Sudan and the Diocese of Southeast Mexico in the Anglican Church of Mexico. These relationships were renewed after the initial five year commitment in 2006 and in 2011. Diocesan Convention 2016 will present a resolution to renew the companion diocese relationships (CDR) for another five years.
The Commission on Global Ministry, which sponsors the companion diocese resolutions, describes the partnerships as mutual ventures in mission, ones 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.
During the 15 year relationships, more than two dozen Diocese of Chicago congregations have formed partnerships with congregations in Southeast Mexico and/or Renk; sponsored visits by the companion diocese bishops, The Rt. Rev. Benito Juarez-Martinez of Southeast Mexico and The Rt. Rev. Joseph Garang Atem of Renk, South Sudan; and sent mission teams to Southeast Mexico and Renk.
Within our companion relationships with the Dioceses of Southeast Mexico and Renk, South Sudan we are helping to establish and/or expand outreach centers, worship spaces, and schools for the benefit of the church and community. Through these partnerships, our knowledge and understanding of what it means to be witnesses for Christ in all places and with all people is expanded.
Learn more about companion relationships on the Episcopal Church Mission Relationships webpage.