2011 Diocesan Convention

174th Annual Convention, NOVEMBER 18-19, 2011

The 174th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Chicago took place on Friday, November 18 and Saturday, November 19 at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center in Lombard.

Stephanie Spellers, author of Radical Welcome: Embracing God, the Other and the Spirit of Transformation, gave the keynote, titled "Anglicanism Remixed." Stephanie, who is also the priest and lead organizer at The Crossing community at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral in Boston, travels around the church sharing radical welcome. She is passionate about creating Episcopal churches where we go beyond inclusion and allow ourselves truly to be changed by people whom we've considered to be 'the other.'

Bishop's Convention Charge to Diocese

At the 2011 Diocesan Convention, Bishop Lee charged the people of the Diocese to grow the church, form the faithful, and change the world in three specific ways during 2012.

"I want every member of this diocese to have at least one meaningful conversation in the next year with someone about their life and God. This is all evangelism boils down to. We're good at conversations and evangelism happens one conversation at a time," Lee said.

The bishop also asked the more than 600 people gathered to study the Bible. "Use Forward Day by Day, the Daily Office lectionary, an online resource such as the Speaking to the Soul blog at Episcopal Café. Join a bible study group --a great bible teacher in our church Verna Dozier used to say 'No one should read the bible! They need to study it!'"

Lee's third charge was for people of the diocese to participate in outreach--"the kind that involves you personally, something that involves relationship, something about which you need to learn something."

See convention photos. Watch or read the bishop's convention sermon, and read his convention address.



Download the list of convention exhibitors and a map of the exhibit space.

Learning Opportunities

Three sessions of learning opportunites will be offered on Friday for adults, youth and children; and two sessions for youth and children and one session for adults on Saturday.


Download the nominations to be considered by Diocesan Convention 2011. A listing of nominations in Spanish is also available.

Questions? Please call or email the Rev. Dan Justin at 847.823.4126.


Download the Convention Reports to be reviewed by Diocesan Convention 2011.


Download the resolutions passed by Diocesan Convention 2011: Final (PDF) or Final - Annotated (PDF)

Download the resolutions to be considered by Diocesan Convention 2011. Resolutions in Spanish are also available.

Questions? Please email Chancellor Todd Young.

Hotel Reservations

To reserve rooms at the Westin, Lombard at the diocesan convention rate ($129 per night, plus tax) contact the hotel at 630.719.8000 and mention that you are attending the Diocese of Chicago Annual Convention.


The Convention Schedule includes worship, business sessions, learning opportunities, children's and youth programs, and more.


Every year about 50 volunteers throughout our Diocese come together to support the the biggest event of the year. Volunteers assist on both days of convention as greeters, registration assistants, plenary session assistants, convention office administrative assistants, learning opportunity assistants, worship participants and assistants (acolytes, eucharistic ministers, altar guild), photographers and videographers, and internet technology specialists. Most importantly we are a part of making it all happen and we have a great time with returning and new volunteers alike. Come be a part of making Convention happen!

Volunteers are not required to register if they are attending convention only in that capacity. Participation in the learning opportunity workshops does require registration though. The convention registration form includes a section for signing up to volunteer.

Complete the online Convention Choir, Worship and Volunteer Form if you plan to attend convention only as a volunteer.

Contact Brendon Hunter, volunteer coordinator, for more information: 847.835.0458 ext 10.


Download the Convention Liturgy for the 2011 Diocesan Convention.

The offering at the Convention Eucharist will support work in the Diocese of Renk in the Episcopal Church in Sudan and the Diocese of Southeast Mexico in the Anglican Church of Mexico. Please give generously.


Contact Crystal Plummer 312.751.4206 or Cathe McEnerney, chair of the Convention Planning Committee if you have any questions.