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Financial Relief for Congregations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Financial Relief for Congregations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

During the COVID-19 pandemic, financial assistance is available to congregations in the Diocese of Chicago from the federal government, the Church Pension Fund and the bishop’s office. Here are details about each form of relief currently available: Paycheck Protection Program The CARES Act, a two trillion-dollar federal economic stimulus bill, was passed and signed on…


Bishop Lee’s Sermon for the Fifth Sunday in Lent

Earlier this week, Bishop Lee recorded a sermon for the fifth Sunday in Lent from his home in Chicago. His text is John 11: 1-45, the gospel reading for the day, which is story of Jesus raising his friend Lazarus from the dead.

Episcopal Election Rescheduled for November Diocesan Convention

Dear friends, After consultation with the Standing Committee, we decided today to delay the election of my successor as your bishop due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We now plan to elect the next bishop of Chicago at our annual diocesan convention, currently scheduled for November 20-21 at the Westin Hotel in Lombard. Due to this…


Upcoming Events

Standing Committee
Apr 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm / Virtual Meeting via Zoom
Peer Ministry Leadership Training – Online
Apr 25 @ 9:30 am – 2:00 pm / This training will be held online. More info to come.

Young people are already doing ministry. We just forgot to tell them! What if we gave young people more tools for the important conversations they have with friends every day? What if we gave them more opportunities to be leaders within our churches and youth ministry programs? What if we saw them as partners in ministry instead of recipients of ministry? Peer Ministry is the idea that “You’re not doing youth ministry until youth are doing ministry.”

Peer Ministry Leadership equips teens with skills for listening, welcoming, and helping their peers. This one day training will provide an introduction to Peer Ministry Leadership and help your church understand how to teach and implement the skills. Learn more about Peer Ministry at 

Register online. 

College for Congregational Development (CCD) Year B Weekend Training – postponed
May 1 – May 2 all-day / This event has been postponed. More information to come.

In the Fall of 2019, CCD Weekends will be offered for Year B. The series of four weekends spread throughout the 2019-2020 program year will be equivalent to the summer week-long residential training. Year A is not required prior to taking Year B. The weekend series is a great opportunity for lay teams, along with their clergy, to take the CCD training. Lay teams may take the training on their own if their clergy have participated in the week-long summer session.

Participants must commit to attending all four seminars to receive credit for the Year B program.

Learn more.

Commission on Ministry Meeting
May 5 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm / St. James Commons
Trustees of the Endowment Meeting
May 14 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm / St. James Commons
Bishop and Trustees Meeting
May 19 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm / St. James Commons

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