181st Annual Convention, November 16-17, 2018

The 181st Annual Convention of the Diocese of Chicago took place Friday, November 16  and Saturday, November 17 at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center in Lombard.

“So I’ve got a charge for us, church,” said Bishop Lee in his convention sermon. “Let’s recover or discover our nerve, our confidence that God has given us a way of being Christian, a way of following Christ that leads to life, a way of living not for ourselves alone but for the One who died for us and was raised again.”

Read the sermon online or watch the video on YouTube

In her sermon at an opening liturgy, the Rev. Anne Jolly called the convention’s attention to the plight of refugees making their way toward the southern border of the United States. “The Israelites may have worn sandals and carried their belongings in cloth bundles while the refugees in the caravan wear flip flops and crocs and carry their belongings in back packs, but we know they are the same in so many ways. We can see the fear and desperation mixed with the dust on the roads they all walk.” Read her sermon online.

At the convention Eucharist, $6,700 was collected to support the work of Episcopal Relief & Development.

Ray Suarez, well-known broadcast journalist, author and lifelong Episcopalian, gave the keynote address on changing demographics in the church. Watch a video of his address on YouTube.

Following Suarez’s keynote address, Bishop Lee asked attendees to text one word in response to what they’d heard. Pictured above is the resulting word cloud, in which the slang word “yeet,” an exclamation of excitement, appeared prominently.

The Rt. Rev. Benito Juárez, bishop of the Diocese of Southeast Mexico, attended the convention and brought greetings from the people of his diocese, and the Rt. Rev. Joseph Garang Atem, bishop of the Diocese of Renk in South Sudan sent a video greeting. 

At breaks in convention business, delegates and guests posted on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #diochi18.

Elections and Episcopal Appointments

Bishop and Trustees: Bob Wyatt (clergy); Fred Grier (lay); Doug Hoffman (lay); Lonn Myers (lay)

Standing Committee: Anne Jolly (full term, clergy); Eric Biddy (1 year term, clergy); Lisa Kerpan (lay)

Cathedral Chapter: Anne Driscoll

Resolutions and Reports

Resolutions Booklet in English and Spanish

Resolution G-181

Final resolutions as acted upon by the 181st Convention

Commissions, committees and task forces of the diocese are required to submit annual reports for review at Diocesan Convention.

View the 2018 reports in English and Spanish

View the 2019 Budget and Narrative Budget.

View the 2018 candidates for election in English and Spanish.

Episcopal Appointments

Deans (appointed for 2-year term expiring November 2020)
Patrick Raymond, Chicago North Deanery
Kevin Goodman, Evanston Deanery
M.E. Eccles, Elgin Deanery
Gloria Hopewell, Rockford Deanery

Commission on Ministry for 2019
Ida Butler, St. Simon, Arlington Heights
Amity Carruba, Grace, Chicago
Antoinette Daniels, St. Paul & the Redeemer, Chicago
Barrie Gibby, Emmanuel, Rockford
Suzann Holding, St. Mark, Evanston
James Lanning, Trinity, Wheaton
Michelle Mayes, All Saints’, Chicago
Jane McCamant, St. Paul & the Redeemer, Chicago
Sue Nebel, Liaison, Leadership Team for the Diaconate
Melissa Perrin, Advisor
Bonnie Perry, All Saints’, Chicago
Sam Portaro, Advisor
Peter Siwek, St. Clement, Harvey and SS. Joseph & Aidan, Blue Island
Andrew Suitter, St. Augustine, Wilmette
Jonathan Thomas, St. Paul, Peoria
Bruce Torgler, All Saints, Western Springs
Robert Warski, Redeemer, Elgin

Disciplinary Board (appointed for 3-year term expiring 2021)
Andrea Flynn, St. Edmund, Chicago
David Fisher, retired

Clergy Relief Society (appointed for 4-year term expiring 2022)
Maryfran Crist, Christ Church, Streator

Diocesan Council (appointed for 3-year term expiring November 2021)
Aurora Deanery:
Brad Linboom, Holy Nativity, Clarendon Hills
Grant Ianelli, Calvary, Lombard

Chicago North Deanery:
Larry Green, St. Chrysostom, Chicago
Will White, Atonement, Chicago

Evanston Deanery:
Debra Bullock, St. Mark, Evanston
Hal Stewart, Holy Comforter, Kenilworth

Trustees of the Endowment Fund
Peter Wilmott, St. Chrysostom, Chicago, Chairperson
Robert Murley, Holy Spirit, Lake Forest
Michael Clark, St. Andrew, Grayslake
Wes Smedley, Rector, St. Chrysostom, Chicago
Crystal Plummer, Bishop’s Staff
Peter Rossiter, St. Elisabeth, Glencoe

Workshops & Learning Opportunities

A variety of workshops and brown bag learning opportunities were offered on Friday and Saturday. View the workshop descriptions.