The Episcopal Church
The Diocese of Chicago
“The Christian religion” author Kathleen Norris has written, “asks us to put our trust not in ideas, and certainly not in ideologies, but in a God who was vulnerable enough to become human and die, and who desires to be present to us in our ordinary circumstances.”
The Episcopal Diocese of Chicago welcomes anyone who believes in—or simply wants to know more about—that God. We are a vital community of more than 36,000 people across northern and west central Illinois. Through the work of parishes and missions, social outreach agencies and campus ministries we devote ourselves to three simple goals: Grow the Church. Form the faithful. Change the world. Join us in our worship and our work as we share the bread of life with a hungry world.
The Episcopal Church, USA
We Episcopalians believe in a loving, liberating, and life-giving God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. As constituent members of the Anglican Communion in the United States, we are descendants of and partners with the Church of England and the Scottish Episcopal Church, and are part of the third largest group of Christians in the world.
We believe in following the teachings of Jesus Christ, whose life, death, and resurrection saved the world.
We have a legacy of inclusion, aspiring to tell and exemplify God’s love for every human being; women and men serve as bishops, priests, and deacons in our church. Laypeople and clergy cooperate as leaders at all levels of our church. Leadership is a gift from God, and can be expressed by all people in our church, regardless of sexual identity or orientation.
We believe that God loves you—no exceptions.