General eNewsletter November 9, 2022
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2022 Diocesan Convention News
185th Annual Diocesan Convention: Bishop Clark to Preach and Give Convention Address
The 185th Annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago will be held Saturday, November 19 as a virtual gathering on Zoom. Convention will begin at 9 am with morning prayer, which will include a sermon from Bishop Clark and the diocesan necrology.

During the convention business session, Bishop Clark will give a brief address to the diocese.

Download a preliminary schedule in English and Spanish.

Please note: because the diocesan memorials will be incorporated into Saturday's morning prayer, there will not be a Friday evening prayer service.
Pre-Convention Meetings Begin This Week

All members of the diocese are invited to the annual pre-convention gatherings, which will be conducted on Zoom with simultaneous interpretation in Spanish.
  • Saturday, November 12 at 10 am. Meet the Candidates for Elected Office. Use this link to join. Password Episcopal.

These meetings will also be recorded and posted online. Delegates, alternates, and canonically resident clergy are strongly encouraged to attend or review the recordings.
Diocesan Convention Business Session

Convention is the annual business meeting of the diocese, during which we elect leaders, consider resolutions and hear reports from across the diocese and the wider church.

Voting Participants
Voting members of convention include the canonically resident clergy of the diocese and lay delegates elected from each congregation.

All voting will be conducted electronically using Zoom webinar and VPoll. *Please note: each voting member will need to log onto Zoom individually in order to vote.

Lay delegates, alternate delegates, and registered clergy should have received a preliminary communication on October 20 with information about voting requirements. If you are a delegate or canonically resident clergy person and did not receive this message, please contact Rebecca Elfring-Roberts.

Non-Voting Participants
General attendees and visitors are invited to observe the proceedings online on YouTube. No registration is needed.
Convention Materials for Review

The following documents have been posted to the Diocesan Convention webpage. View or download the documents:

Churchwide and Diocesan News
Bishop & Trustees yesterday set December 6 as the deadline for bids on the diocese’s headquarters at 65 E. Huron in downtown Chicago. The decision came at the request of CBRE, the commercial real estate broker handling the sale.

“65 E. Huron is the diocese’s largest asset, and offering it for sale brings us one step closer to creating a fund that will support the entire diocese’s mission,” Mike Mattson, second vice president of B&T, said when the building was first listed for sale in June. “All of our parishes and missions will benefit from this move.”

The diocese’s 2023 narrative budget estimates that the Bishop’s Funds currently being used to balance the diocese’s operating budget will be depleted by 2026.

Bishop Jeffrey Lee first announced in September 2020 that Bishop & Trustees intended to offer the building for sale, and in January 2021, Bishop & Trustee members said that they were meeting with CBRE, and with leaders of St. James Cathedral.

In announcing the deadline for offers, Mattson said that Bishop & Trustees continues to keep the leaders of St. James Cathedral, which uses portions of 65 E. Huron, informed as the sales process unfolds.

Apply online by November 30 

Last week, Bishop Clark announced that she is convening a Task Force on the Diaconate to address the critical pastoral and vocational needs of deacons in the post-COVID church and to strategize about ways to reach faithful Episcopalians who may be discerning a call to the diaconate. One of the key priorities of the task force will be to develop a Spanish-language track for diaconal discernment and formation.

People from all orders of ministry and all geographic areas of the diocese with an interest in the diaconate are invited to apply to serve on the task force. Apply online by November 30. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

The task force will convene with a virtual meeting in December. “Everything will be on the table when the new task force convenes, and, as the recipient of its wisdom and recommendations, I plan to be directly involved,” Bishop Clark wrote to deacons. “Every order of ministry will be represented, and the task force will have a diversity of participants in age, geographic area, racial and ethnic background, and the ability to think ‘outside of the box.’” The task force will make its final report to the bishop in June.

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Solicite en línea antes del 30 de Noviembre

La semana pasada, la Obispa Clark anunció que está convocando un Grupo de Trabajo sobre el Diaconado para abordar las criticas necesidades pastorales y vocacionales de los diáconos en la iglesia post-COVID y para elaborar estrategias sobre las formas de llegar a los fieles Episcopales que puedan estar discerniendo un llamado al diaconado. Una de las prioridades clave del grupo de trabajo será desarrollar una vía en español para el discernimiento y la formación diaconal.

Las personas de todas las órdenes de ministerio y todas las áreas geográficas de la diócesis con interés en el diaconado están invitadas a postularse para servir en el Grupo de Trabajo. Solicite en línea antes del 30 de Noviembre. Las solicitudes se revisarán a medida que se reciban.

El Grupo de Trabajo se convocará con una reunión virtual en Diciembre. “Todo estará sobre la mesa cuando se reúna el nuevo Grupo de Trabajo y, como la beneficiaria de su sabiduría y recomendaciones, planeo participar directamente”, escribió la Obispa Clark a los Diáconos. “Cada orden de ministerio estará representada, y el Grupo de Trabajo tendrá una diversidad de participantes en edad, área geográfica, origen racial y étnico, y la capacidad de pensar ‘de forma creativa'”. El grupo de trabajo hará su informe final a la Obispa en Junio.

Episcopal Asiamerica Ministries Advent Retreat
Free virtual retreat November 21 - 22
Episcopal Asiamerica Ministries will host a virtual Advent retreat, including lectures, group discussion, and scripture meditation November 21 and 22 from 7-9 pm Central each day. The workshop will be led by the Rev. Canon Fred Vergara, missioner for Asiamerica Ministries of The Episcopal Church and is free to the first 50 registrants. Learn more.
United Thank Offering Fall Ingatherings

Every year, the United Thank Offering (UTO) makes more than a million dollars of life-changing grants funded by thousands of small gifts of gratitude. Donations are traditionally collected in Blue Boxes designed specifically for the purpose, and today, are also made online. Detailed suggestions for how to host a UTO ingathering are available online.

2022 UTO contributions should be sent to the address below by December 10.  

The United Thank Offering / DFMS – Protestant Episcopal Church
P.O. Box 958983
St Louis, MO 6195-8983
Advent Resources

The Episcopal Church has made a variety of Advent resources, including curricula, podcasts, sermons and bulletin inserts, and materials from partner organizations, available online.

The Living Compass Advent 2022 DevotionalPracticing Simplicity with All Your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind, is available for purchase in print or downloadable for free. Learn more.
Learning Opportunities
Province V Gender and Sexuality GC Resolution Round-Up
November 10 from 6-7 pm on Zoom

On Thursday, November 10 from 6 to 7 pm Central, Province V will host an online conversation about General Convention resolutions that focus on gender and sexuality. Presenters and LGBTQ+ Caucus members Charles Graves IV and Jon Rania will share how and why the caucus started, and the good work it did during the 80th General Convention. Registration is required.
Unto us a Child is Born: Isaiah, Advent, and our Jewish Neighbors
Online Advent retreat hosted by the Evanston Deanery on November 26
On Saturday, November 26, members of the diocese are invited to prepare minds and hearts to read the texts of Isaiah with new "eyes" in an online Advent retreat with award-winning Biblical scholar Tyler Mayfield, author of "Unto Us a Child is Born: Isaiah, Advent, and our Jewish Neighbors." The retreat is sponsored by the Evanston Deanery. Learn more and register.
Pre-Lenten Men’s Retreat 2023
February 10-11

The 20th Annual Diocesan Pre-Lenten Men’s Retreat will be held at the DeKoven Retreat Center in Racine, Wisconsin from Friday, February 10 to Saturday, February 11. This 24-hour event will be the first in-person Diocesan Men’s Retreat since February 2020, following a two-year break due to COVID.

The retreat will be led by Bishop Whayne Hougland Jr., interim rector of St. Chrysostom’s. The theme of the retreat is “Renewal and New Beginnings.” Find more details and a registration form online.
Around the Diocese
Jazz in the Sanctuary at St. Martin's, Chicago
Saturday, November 12

On Saturday, November 12, at 5 pm St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Chicago will present Jazz in the Sanctuary with Marjorie Stroud & Friends, featuring drummer Charles Heath, saxophonist James Perkins, and bassist James Thornton. Doors open at 4 pm. The suggested donation is $40, and food and drinks will be available for purchase.
November Concerts at St. Mark's, Evanston
Saturday, November 12 & Monday, November 28
On Saturday, November 12 at 7 pm, the Fall Concert Series at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Evanston will feature organist and pianist Beau Surratt. A reception will follow.
On Monday, November 28, the Noon Concert Series will feature vocalist Andrew Schultze and pianist Dr. Svetlana Belsky, presenting the “3 B’s of Classical Music.”

The concerts are free and open to the public, and offerings will be collected to support the music ministries of St. Mark’s. For more information about either concert, please contact Westley.
St. John's Chicago Concert: Schumann Concerto on Two Pianos
Sunday, November 13 in person or online

On Sunday, November 13 at 3 pm, the St. John’s Concert Series will present Concerto on Two Pianos by Robert Schumann. St. John's parishioner Mio Nakamura, soloist, will collaborate with Jeffrey Panko, artistic faculty at the New Music School. The concert is free and open to the public, co-presented by St. John’s and Emerging Artists Chicago. Masks are optional.

The concert will also be streamed online via Zoom (Meeting ID: 878 8575 2024 Passcode: 3857) or Facebook Live.
St. Martin's, Des Plaines Craft Fair
Saturday, November 19

On Saturday, November 19 from 10 am to 4 pm, St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Des Plaines will host a Holiday Craft & Vendor Fair. Admission is free and the event will feature jewelry, gifts, and food. Learn more.
IDPH to Distribute Rapid Tests

On Friday, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced it will be distributing 1 million over-the-counter (OTC) COVID-19 rapid antigen tests to residents in economically disadvantaged zip codes outside the City of Chicago through a partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation’s public charity and its Project ACT (Access COVID Tests) program. Households can find out if they are in an eligible zip code and request one package of five tests on a first-come-first-serve basis at the Project ACT website. The tests will be delivered to the home address.

Public health officials continue to stress the importance of vaccines and boosters, especially for those most vulnerable to severe illness, such as those individuals over 50, those with underlying medical conditions, and those who are immunocompromised. To locate a vaccine provider near you visit and search for bivalent booster availability.

As a reminder, the diocesan COVID-19 advisory team recommends that congregational teams continue to meet regularly, monitor local conditions, and make changes as necessary.
New Safe Church, Safe Communities Policies Designed to Safeguard Vulnerable Adults, Children
This summer, Diocesan Council adopted new Safe Church, Safe Communities policies for the Diocese of Chicago, following the model policies created by The Task Force to Develop Model Anti-Sexual Harassment Policies & Safe Church Training of The Episcopal Church. These updated policies use inclusive language, provide greater accountability, and recognize the need to safeguard vulnerable adults as well as children.

Read more on the Safe Church, Safe Communities page on the diocesan website.
Job Openings
Visit the website for a full list of clergy openings and lay employee openings
Fall Publication Schedule
From September through June we publish both a general email newsletter and Leadership News, a publication for lay leaders and clergy in the Diocese of Chicago, on alternate Wednesdays.

The deadline to submit items to be included is noon on the Tuesday before publication. Please send news about your congregation's ministry, mission and events to Jen Boyle-Tucker