News from the 179th Diocesan Convention

The 179th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Chicago took place on on Friday, November 18 and Saturday, November 19 at the Westin Yorktown Center in Lombard. The theme of this year’s convention was “Revisiting Pentecost,” inspired by keynote speaker Bishop Yvette Flunder. Read more about Bishop Flunder on the website and watch for a video of her presentation coming next week.

The Episcopal Church Women awarded their 2016 Recognition Grant to St. Paul’s-by-the-Lake, Chicago, for its Burmese Refugee Ministry led by Judith Gramer. The 2016 Phoebe Griswold Grant was given to Paul Goodenough of Bishop Anderson House for the Stroger Family Trauma Bereavement Group.

The Peace and Justice Committee awarded the 2016 Michael Yasutake Award to Thomas Robb, parishioner at Church of the Atonement, Chicago.
Delegates to the convention approved resolutions on the study of efforts to dismantle systemic racism; violence against children in the Middle East; support for Christians in the Holy Land; clergy compensation; and solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux. Download resolutions as acted upon by convention in English and Spanish.

Bishop Lee addressed the convention with “A Word to the Church” on the state of our diocese, and delivered a convention sermon during Eucharist on Saturday. Read the text of Bishop Lee’s sermon and address on the website.

The offering at the Convention Eucharist was collected for Episcopal Relief & Development’s Hurricane Matthew Fund. $8,525.00 will be sent to Episcopal Relief & Development on behalf of the diocese.
At breaks in convention business, delegates and guests posted on FacebookTwitter and Instagram using the hashtag #diochi16.
View more from the 179th convention on the website.