Social Justice

Write Your Elected Official

The Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations has established an online campaign so that you can send a letter to your elected officials supporting asylum seekers and their families. Easily fill in your info and review or edit the letter.

Refugee Resettlement

Members of St. James joined RefugeeOne to co-sponsor a family from Syria in need of practical help and friendship as they adjust to their new setting here in our city. 

Black Lives Matter & the Interfaith Coalition Against Racism

St. James partners with Chicago Sinai Congregation, Fourth Presbyterian Church, LaSalle Street Church, St. Chrysostom’s Episcopal Church, and Trinity United Church of Christ to form the Interfaith Coalition Against Racism (ICAR), which organizes training, forums, and conversations around systemic racism.    

Annual LGBT Pride Parade

On the last Sunday in June, members of the Cathedral join others from across the Diocese of Chicago to march in the Pride Parade to celebrate the long history of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer dignity, the freedom of all people to meaningfully and proudly express themselves, and the commitment of LGBT people to combat oppression. 

CrossWalk to Work

St. James supports the Diocese of Chicago's CrossWalk to Work initiative which provides Summer employment for at-risk youth, engaging people of faith and community organizations in addressing the escalating violence against youth in Chicago.

Fair Trade Fairs

Periodically throughout the year, St. James sponsors Sunday morning Fair Trade Fairs in the Welcome Center through Chicago Fair Trade. More than 1 billion of the world’s population survive on less than $1 per day. Fairtrade aims to combat this widespread poverty by providing opportunities for economically disadvantaged producers, cultivating transparent trade partnerships, ensuring safe working conditions and the rights of women and children, and focusing on environmental sustainability through all stages of production.