Our worship, our programs, and our pastoral care are open and available to anyone who comes into the church. You can represent a deeper commitment by becoming a member of the Episcopal Church and St. James.

Baptism makes you a Christian.

The Episcopal Church defines a member as a baptized person:

  1. whose baptism is recorded in the congregation's records (wherever it occurred)
  2. who is known to the clergy or leaders in a congregation because they attend worship on a regular basis and are involved in the life of the community.
  3. who contributes to the mission and ministries of the congregation in a manner that can be recorded by the treasurer

If you would like to be baptized, or if you have already been baptized and want to join the congregation:

  1. Contact Alan Taylor and tell him of your interest.
  2. Fill out an information form so that we have all the relevant information for our records.
  3. If you would like to be baptized or have a child baptized, please call the cathedral office at (312) 787-7360 and a member of the St. James clergy or staff will be in touch with you shortly.
  4. If you would like to transfer your membership from a previous Episcopal Church to St. James (or vice versa), please fill out a transfer request form.
  5. Make a financial contribution to the operations of this congregation by a means that can be recorded. Most of our people make a pledge to commit to a yearly total gift that will be given in increments throughout the year.
  6. Get involved in and get to know the people of St. James.

If you have come to us from another Christian tradition, it is appropriate to make your commitment to this new spiritual home in one more way. You can prepare to be confirmed or received by our bishop at a special service as a way to reaffirm your baptism and make a public affirmation of your Christian life as part of the Episcopal Church under the leadership and care of Bishop Jeffrey Lee

Interested in learning more about St. James, but not quite ready to become a member? Email the Rev. Canon Lisa Hackney-James for a one-on-one discussion.