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Ash Wednesday Guidelines: A Letter to Clergy

Ash Wednesday Guidelines:  A Letter to Clergy

January 25, 2021 Dear Colleagues, As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, with regions around our state in various levels of mitigation, we are aware that many of you are wondering about Ash Wednesday, and in particular the distribution of ashes. For so many, the imposition and receiving of ashes is a tangible, visible marker of our…

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Special 2020 Parochial Report Seeks to Track Worship During the Pandemic

Special 2020 Parochial Report Seeks to Track Worship During the Pandemic

During the spring and summer of 2020, as the pandemic forced the cancellation of in-person worship across the Episcopal Church, the House of Deputies State of the Church Committee raced to create a new parochial report form, designed just to track the “’opportunities, innovations and challenges’ that congregations experienced while dealing with the pandemic,” according…

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity January 18-25

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity January 18-25

For more than 100 years, Christians around the world have observed the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Traditionally the week of prayer is celebrated between January 18-25, between the feasts of St. Peter and St. Paul. The World Council of Churches (WCC) has provided a free, downloadable resource booklet for the 2021 observance in…

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Bishop’s Appeal 2020

Dear People of God in the Diocese of Chicago, The diocese is buzzing with excitement over the election of the Rev. Canon Paula Clark as your thirteenth bishop. I am writing to ask you to amplify this joyful noise by making a gift to the Bishop’s Appeal. I’ve been requesting your support of this appeal…

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The Rev. Canon Paula Clark Elected Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago

Washington D.C. Priest will be first Black person, first woman to hold the job

The Rev. Canon Paula E. Clark was elected today to be the thirteenth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago. She will be the first Black person and the first woman to hold the position. Clark, who currently serves as canon to the ordinary and chief of staff in the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, was…

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