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On this page, you will find a selection of Bishop Lee’s speeches and sermons.

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…

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Discovering Our Nerve

Discovering Our Nerve

Bishop Lee preached this sermon at the 181st Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago on November 17, 2018. Inspired by the thought of Ray Suarez speaking to us about demographic trends in this country and their implications for the future of the church, I took note of a recent report in a church news website…

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Going Up

Going Up

Bishop Lee preached this sermon on Ascension Day, May 10, 2018, at Church of the Ascension, Chicago. A couple of years ago I had the great privilege of traveling to Ghana. I was there with a delegation of other clergy and lay leaders from the Episcopal Church to hold a consultation with our sisters and…

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It’s Not About Us At All

It’s Not About Us At All

Bishop Lee gave this sermon on Tuesday of Holy Week, March 27, 2018, to clergy and lay leaders renewing their baptismal vows at St. James Cathedral: It was a Holy Week many years ago. I was a second year seminarian, full of piety, longing to serve God as a priest of the church, and deeply…

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Love One Another

Love One Another

Bishop Lee preached this sermon at the 180th Convention of the Diocese of Chicago on November 18, 2017: In the last parish I served as rector, a parishioner there named Tammy taught me one of the most significant lessons I have ever learned about the nature of leadership and serving with love. She was a…

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Transforming Leadership

Transforming Leadership

Bishop Lee gave this keynote address at the 180th convention of the Diocese of Chicago on November 17, 2017: [A deacon reads the story of the Feeding of the 5000 from Mark 6: 30-44] Whenever I think about the topic of leadership I can’t help but remember a presentation I heard many years ago by…

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Unlocking Doors

Unlocking Doors

Bishop Lee gave this sermon on November 19 at Diocesan Convention 2016: At my house, we’ve got the coolest front door. As some of you may know, Lisa and I and our son Jonathan moved this summer into a house in the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago. As part of the move we had the front…

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Bishop’s Address 2016

Bishop’s Address 2016

Bishop Lee gave this address on November 18 at the 179th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Chicago: I want to share with you some reflections on the state of the diocese and some hopes I have for our future together. My intention, my commitment is to keep us focused on our share in God’s…

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