The Latest Cathedral News Author: The Very Rev. Dominic Barrington

St. James Suspends Public Worship

November 17, 2020

Dear Sisters and Brothers,
In response to the “Protect Chicago” strategy announced by the Mayor last week, Bishop Lee has suspended in-person worship until December 16. While there is no evidence to suggest that live worship undertaken with appropriate protocols has contributed to the spread of COVID-19, and some churches of other denominations are currently still holding services, there is no doubt that, as the mayor has said, this is a ‘critical point’ in the pandemic, both within the city and the country as a whole.
At St. James Cathedral we will continue to live-stream a celebration of the Eucharist at 11am on Sunday mornings, but only those with an active role in the liturgy will be able to be present. The celebrations on Tuesday and Thursday lunchtime will be suspended until further notice.
While this is a difficult and painful time, made worse by its proximity to major public holidays, we also see light in the darkness with the announcements concerning the development of vaccines which appear to be highly effective. I know you will join me in praying for as swift an end to this terrible time as possible.
Your priest and friend,
The Very Rev. Dominic Barrington
Dean of the Cathedral

Regarding the Sale of St. James Commons

October 07, 2020

Members of the Cathedral Chapter met recently with members of Bishop & Trustees. The trustees spoke of their responsibility to build an endowment of sufficient size to enhance funds available for vitality grants and other forms of support for congregations across the diocese, and that this was the principal motivation in their decision to place 65 East Huron on the market in the early part of 2021.
As part of this conversation, Chapter members were pleased to be told that the mission of the cathedral was an important consideration for the trustees. The trustees offered an assurance that there would be proper accommodation of the building and financial needs of the cathedral from the proceeds of such a sale, and agreed to hold further discussions with Chapter to ensure these needs are appropriately identified.

To read the announcement from the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago, click here

"Turn to the Path of Love" - The Dean's Response to the George Floyd Protests in Chicago

May 31, 2020

The following is a statement about this weekend's protests in Chicago in response to the murder of George Floyd, written by the Very Rev. Dominic Barrington on May 31st.

George Floyd could not breathe - a fact of which nobody was in any doubt, including the man charged with his murder, and many bystanders. Derek Chauvin’s knee remained a crushing force on Floyd’s neck for very nearly three minutes after he had already become unresponsive. The end result was inevitable.

It was a moment when the Minneapolis Police Department, if not the entire nation, went very low - and not just because of Mr Floyd’s murder, but because it was far from being a one-off event. As President Obama observed two days ago, “for millions of Americans, being treated differently on account of race is tragically, painfully, maddeningly ‘normal’…. We can and must be better.”

And that ‘better’ is well described by our Presiding Bishop, as being a call to follow ‘the path of love’ - because “Love does not look like the harm being caused by some police or some protestors in our cities… Love looks like all of us…standing up and saying ‘We can do better than this. We can be better than this.”

At a time when we are all too conscious of racial inequality, both through last week’s events in Minneapolis, let alone the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on people of color, let’s strive to follow Michelle Obama’s call to “go high”, which she defines as ‘not seeking revenge’ or responding ‘from a place of anger or vengefulness’, but seeking to ‘reflect the solution’. 

On this day that the church celebrates the breath of the Holy Spirit offering the world a new vision of unity and harmony, may those of any faith and none turn to the path of love, and help us all to ‘go high’. Nothing could be more needed in our nation and our world.