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From Bishop Lee: A Settlement for the Peoria Deanery

From Bishop Lee:  A Settlement for the Peoria Deanery

February 4, 2020 Dear People of God in the Diocese of Chicago: With thanksgiving, I am writing to tell you that we have reached a settlement with the Diocese of Quincy in the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) in our efforts to recover some of the property, assets and records that were part of…

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Creative Calling Cards

Around the diocese, congregations are pursuing mission through the arts

For centuries the church, at its best, has served as a center of community life. From medieval stained glass windows to contemporary exhibits and performances, the creative arts have helped congregations welcome their neighbors, express the Christian call to service, enhance congregational life, and become known within their communities. In the Diocese of Chicago, congregations…

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Lessons in Empowerment

College for Congregational Development equips laity to lead

The Diocese of Chicago had a specific vision in mind when it instituted its new partnership with the College for Congregational Development (CCD). “I think CCD has the capacity to really change how our churches approach their futures,” says the Rev. Andrea Mysen, director of ministries. “It is all about creating practitioners on the ground who…

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Gifts to Give, Skills to Share

Lay people play a prominent role in parishes across the diocese

Sometimes quietly, sometimes reluctantly but most often with great joy, lay leaders are coming to the fore in parishes across the Diocese of Chicago, sharing their gifts for ministry and building the church, not just in times of trouble or transition, but day-in, day-out. For some—including churches that can’t afford a priest and parishes whose clergy…

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Litigation Update from Bishop Lee

Dear Sisters and Brothers: I wanted to update you on a small development in the litigation we are involved with on behalf of the Episcopal Church and our brothers and sisters in the Peoria deanery. I write not because something momentous has happened, but because at this particular moment in this particular case, one of…

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Litigation Update February 2015

Litigation Update February 2015

The Circuit Court of Adams County last week denied a request from the Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Chicago to freeze approximately $850,000 in a fund now controlled by a breakaway faction constituted as the Anglican Diocese of Quincy.  The diocese and church plan to appeal the ruling. The fund contains not only moneys…

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