Diocesan News

How We Gather

On November 22, Casper ter Kuile and Angie Thurston of Sacred Design Lab gave the keynote at the 182nd Annual Convention of the Diocese of Chicago. In their presentation, they discussed their project “How We Gather,” which studies how people find meaning, connection and community in an increasingly secular world.

Bishop’s Advent Appeal 2019

Bishop’s Advent Appeal 2019

Dear Friends in Christ: As my time as your bishop winds down, I have begun to do some things with the people of this diocese for the last time. Many of these occasions are bittersweet, but I am looking forward with great joy to celebrating the holy seasons of Advent and Christmas as your bishop…


Bishops Come and Bishops Go

Bishop Lee preached this sermon on November 23, 2019 at the 182nd Annual Convention of the Diocese of Chicago. It was his final annual convention Eucharist as bishop; he will retire in August 2020. Some of you may have heard me tell what is quite possibly my favorite story from all the twelve years I…


Upcoming Events

College for Congregational Development (CCD) Year B Weekend Training
Dec 6 – Dec 7 all-day / St. James Commons

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
Jan 7 all-day / St. James Commons
Facilitator Training for Pathway to Reconciliation
Jan 11 all-day

On January 11 from 9 am to 1 pm at St. James Commons, the diocese’s Antiracism Commission will hold a facilitator training to help congregational leaders learn to use Pathway to Reconciliation, the congregational study guide for the Legacy of Slavery Task Force Report.

Learn more and register online by January 8.  For more information, contact Diane Shalda by email or phone (815-867-6721).

Bishop and Trustees Meeting
Jan 21 all-day / St. James Commons
Understanding & Analyzing Systemic Racism Training
Jan 23 – Jan 25 all-day / Trinity Christian College

The workshop is an excellent opportunity for individuals & institutional leaders responsible for diversity or social justice. Using a variety of interactive tools, it explores the historical development of institutional racism and its continuing impact. Participants will also be introduced to strategic methods to dismantle systemic racism.

Learn more and register online.

Understanding & Analyzing Systemic Racism Training (sold out)
Jan 23 – Jan 25 all-day / Oakton Community College
*Please note, this training has sold out*
The Episcopal Diocese of Chicago requires antiracism training for people in elected and appointed leadership positions. It is also a requirement for congregational study guide facilitators for the Legacy of Slavery Report. The training is also open to anyone in the diocese who wants to help build a stronger multicultural community.
Understanding and Analyzing Systemic Racism, presented by Chicago Regional Organizing for Antiracism (Chicago ROAR) and subsidized by the Antiracism Commission of the Diocese of Chicago, provides an in-depth look at race and racism in the United States.  Individuals affiliated with the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago attend at a reduced rate ($105 early bird rate, $15o regular rate. Use the code EDOC; scholarships are available). Upcoming trainings will be held in April and July. Register with the links below, using EDOC for the discount:

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