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Financial Relief for Congregations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Financial Relief for Congregations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

During the COVID-19 pandemic, financial assistance is available to congregations in the Diocese of Chicago from the federal government, the Church Pension Fund and the bishop’s office. Here are details about each form of relief currently available: Paycheck Protection Program  Updated July 10, 2020: The deadline for Paycheck Protection Program loans has been extended to…

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Reopening Plan Revisions Published

Reopening Plan Revisions Published

On June 17, Bishop Jeff Lee reviewed with clergy updates to the Diocese of Chicago’s plan for re-opening churches. The plan continues to be based in large measure on meeting public health criteria spelled out in Restore Illinois, the state’s five-phase plan to guide its recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Updates to the plan include: State…

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Resources During the Pandemic

Resources During the Pandemic

Below is a list helpful list of resources to assist in all aspects of parish life during the pandemic. If you have edits or additions to this list, please email Jen Boyle-Tucker. Online Prayer and Worship Around the Diocese From the Diocese of Chicago Pandemic news and updates from Bishop Lee Returning to Our Churches:…

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Diocesan Convention To Be Held Online in November

Diocesan Convention To Be Held Online in November

In consultation with the chancellor and elected leaders of the diocese, Bishop Lee has determined that diocesan convention will be held online this year as part of our effort to curtail the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The state’s Restore Illinois plan permits gatherings of more than 50 people only in Phase 5, after a…

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Returning to Our Churches: A Framework and A Plan

After weeks of consultation with diocesan leaders and other dioceses across the Episcopal Church, Bishop Jeff Lee today shared the Diocese of Chicago’s plan for re-opening our churches with clergy leaders via Zoom. The guidelines are based in large measure on meeting public health criteria spelled out in Restore Illinois, the state’s five-phase plan to…

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