Injustice Amidst the Pandemic: What is the Church Called to Do?

With infection and death rates in the COVID-19 pandemic surging in communities of color, the diocese’s Antiracism Commission sponsored a Tuesday evening teleconference on “COVID-19, Health Disparities and Systemic Racism: How do we respond as people of faith?” Almost 150 participants joined Bishop Jeff Lee and other diocesan leaders to hear a four-person panel discuss…


Teachable Moments in Ghana

Bonney, Massenburg Take Action on Child Trafficking, Clean Water

At diocesan convention in November, the Rev. Raymond Massenburg and the Rev. Isaac Bonney co-sponsored resolutions that address the clean water crisis facing the west African country of Ghana and the trafficking of children in both Accra, Ghana’s capital city, and Chicago. Both measures, which passed unanimously, got their start in a journey the two…


Entering a Time of Preparation

By the Rev. Anne B. Jolly

At the church where I serve, we have been debating whether the native flowers planted in our memorial garden should be deadheaded as the summer growing season gives way to fall and winter. If we leave the spent blooms intact over the winter, people may assume we’re neglecting to care for our garden – and…


Liturgy Lab

Bishop Lee convenes a meeting of creative minds

In the season in which Christians remember their dead, Bishop Jeff Lee and the founders of Sacred Design Lab convened a two-day gathering at the Nicholas Center to explore the rituals in which people seek meaning, transformation and a sense of belonging. Not quite half of those who gathered were Episcopal liturgists or musicians. The…


Creative Calling Cards

Around the diocese, congregations are pursuing mission through the arts

For centuries the church, at its best, has served as a center of community life. From medieval stained glass windows to contemporary exhibits and performances, the creative arts have helped congregations welcome their neighbors, express the Christian call to service, enhance congregational life, and become known within their communities. In the Diocese of Chicago, congregations…