Bishop Lee

Easter Appeal Nurtures Seeds of Transformation

Dear Friends in Christ: Christ is risen. Alleluia! A few weeks ago, I wrote to let you know that I plan to retire next year. Since then, as I have traveled across our diocese visiting congregations large and small, I have been gratified to see signs of a vital future that will endure long beyond…


A Letter from Bishop Lee about Lambeth 2020

Dear friends, You may have read recently that the Archbishop of Canterbury, in planning an upcoming meeting of bishops in the Anglican Communion called the Lambeth Conference, has invited bishops’ spouses, except for those in same-sex marriages. Last week I attended the Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops meeting at which we spent much time discussing…


A Message from Bishop Jeff Lee

Dear friends, I know the recent vote of the General Conference of the United Methodist Church has caused deep pain, not only for LGBTQ Methodists and their allies, but for LGBTQ Christians throughout God’s church. My own denomination’s struggle to acknowledge the holiness of LGBTQ people and their relationships has been long and painful and…


Bishop Jeffrey D. Lee of Chicago to Retire in 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE contact:  Rebecca Wilson, 330-524-2067, BISHOP JEFFREY D. LEE OF CHICAGO TO RETIRE IN 2020 Leader of more than 33,000 Illinois Episcopalians calls for the election of his successor Bishop Jeffrey D. Lee announced today that he will retire as bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago in August 2020, and called for…


Responding to Sexual Abuse in the Church: A Letter from Bishop Lee

Dear People of God in the Diocese of Chicago: Late yesterday, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan released a report concluding that the Roman Catholic Church in Illinois has withheld the names of at least 500 priests accused of sexual abuse of children and has, in many instances, failed to conduct appropriate investigations into complaints of sexual abuse by…