May 11, 2016
Mysen in new role, Lee in new house, Baskerville-Burrows on sabbatical
This summer brings several changes for Bishop Lee and his staff. At the end of May, the Rev. Jim Steen, director of ministries since 2011, will retire. The Rev. Andrea Mysen, associate for ministries, will serve as acting director of ministries beginning in June. During this interim period, Bishop Lee and his senior staff will create a new job description using data from the recent study of diocesan culture, and the job opening will be posted publicly in the fall.
In the early summer, the Bishop and Trustees will complete the sale of the Lake Shore condominium that has been home to Bishop Jeff Lee and his family since 2008. Bishop William Persell and his wife, Nancy, purchased the condo in 1999 and granted it to the Bishop and Trustees in return for their equity in 2007, shortly before Persell retired.
The Bishop and Trustees, a group of elected leaders who hold title to and oversee the use of the real property of the diocese, is in the process of purchasing a house located in the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago to serve as the Lee family home. The relocation will be budget-neutral for the diocese over time, as it will result in a savings of condominium association and parking fees, and it will not affect the Bishop and Trustees’ ability to make vitality and property grants.
On June 1, the Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, director of networking, will begin a three-month summer sabbatical and a one-month vacation, returning to the office on October 3. During her sabbatical, she’ll spend time in the Bahamas with her family transcribing recipes from her 84-year-old great-aunt, who is the bread baker for the island of Green Turtle Cay. After returning to the United States, she will reflect and write on the connections between food, physical well-being, and spirituality during a monastery retreat. In September, while on vacation, she’ll be at home as her son moves from an Episcopal pre-school to a public school kindergarten.
During her absence, networking and communications will be managed by Associate for Resource Development Shay Craig, Administrative and Communications Assistant for Networking Jen Boyle-Tucker, and Canticle Communications. Find their contact information on the website.