Telling Our Stories
On September 15, 2017, the Rt. Rev. Jeffrey D. Lee, bishop of Chicago and chair, Board of Trustees of Episcopal Charities and Community Services, and Cheryl J. Rogers, president, Board of Trustees of Episcopal Charities and Community Services, announced the retirement of Georgianna Gleason, executive director of the organization for more than 20 years. Please see their letter below, in English and Spanish.
Dear People of God in the Diocese of Chicago:
These are urgent times for Christians who seek to follow Jesus by loving our neighbors as ourselves. Today, we learned that more than 800,000 young people brought to the United States as children before 2007 are at risk of deportation if Congress does not pass legislation that protects them before March 5. Many of these young people, often known as Dreamers, have no memory of any other country or language. They are students and workers, homeowners and business owners, and some are, by now, husbands, wives, and parents.
Dear sisters and brothers in Christ:
In April, the Diocese of Chicago hosted a Bishops United Against Gun Violence conference about the unholy trinity of racism, poverty and violence. This weekend in Charlottesville, as white supremacists rioted and terrorized people of goodwill, we saw yet again the wages of these sins and the destruction that they wreak in families, communities, and in our country.
On September 30 from 9 am-noon at St. James Commons (65 E. Huron), the Rev. Julian DeShazier, senior pastor of University Church, Chicago, will lead an open discussion on racism, poverty, and gun violence. The event is free and open to all, and a light breakfast will be served. Please register here.
Bishop Jeffrey Lee often says that “what we pay attention to grows.” Recently he spent a day paying attention to the growth and development of his staff, which he reorganized in 2011 and cut due to budget reductions in 2016.
On July 12, the entire staff—including sextons, receptionists, executive leaders, and office staff—spent a day reflecting on their work with Bishop Melissa Skelton of the Diocese of New Westminster in the Anglican Church of Canada, who developed the College for Congregational Development.