Telling Our Stories
Bishop Lee writes, "Today, local and national news outlets are reporting that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents will begin rounding up migrant families who have received deportation orders early on Sunday morning in Chicago and other major cities. It is expected that these raids will also result in the arrest of many undocumented immigrants who have not received deportation orders.
"For the past several years, as federal immigration policy has become harsher, deportations have increased and families, including Episcopalians in our own congregations here in the Diocese of Chicago, have lived in unprecedented fear. This news of new raids and mass deportations threatens to make these fears real as families are torn apart and members of our communities and congregations are wrenched away from lives they have labored for years to build. Coupled with recent reports of inhumane and even deadly conditions in shelters for migrants on our southern border, the threat of these raids makes it difficult not to conclude that our immigration system is failing to operate with common humanity or to embody the highest values of our country or its people."
Chicago's Pride Parade will take place on June 30, and this year, Bishop Lee and Episcopalians from across the diocese will participate as part of the Chicago Coalition of Welcoming Churches contingent.
I am delighted to announce that, earlier today, the Rev. Dr. Bonnie A. Perry, rector of All Saints' Episcopal Church in Chicago, was elected bishop of Michigan on the fifth ballot.
Since the day I arrived in Chicago, Bonnie has been a friend, a partner in ministry, and a catalyst for energetic, faithful ministry at All Saints' and across our diocese and the Episcopal Church. Her love of laughter, passion for justice, and extravagant belief in the power of Jesus Christ to change lives are a source of inspiration to me and countless others around the church. I rejoice with the people of Michigan, and I can say with certainty that the next chapter of their common life will be anything but dull!
On June 2 at 3 pm, the Chicago Chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians will host an evensong celebrating the lives of the Rev. Absalom Jones, the first African American priest in the Episcopal Church, and the Rev. Pauli Murray, the first African American female priest in the Episcopal Church.