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From your diocesan Standing Committee

From Your Diocesan Standing Committee

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The search process for the 12th Bishop of Milwaukee is underway.
Our diocesan consultant, the Rev. Ann Hallisey, was with us to lead the diocesan clergy conference at DeKoven Center in Racine from January 20-22. This was a time to be with one another and engage in dialogue about our common life and mission in this diocese and to share some ideas and hope about our future in the Diocese of Milwaukee. All who attended reported that this time together was a gift and a blessing.
Following the Clergy Retreat, Ann stayed at DeKoven and led a retreat from January 24-25 for the newly-commissioned Search Committee. They got through a good deal of material during their time together, and, even as I type this note to you, they are getting started on a variety of tasks under the careful leadership of co-chairs Fr. Ian Burch and Ms. Jan Watter. You will be hearing updates about their work in the not-so-distant future.
Your Standing Committee has created a prayer for the search process that we're going to ask every parish in the diocese to make a part of their regular worship. It is provided for you at the end of this message. As part of the search process work, we have also created an official "charge" (think "marching orders") to the Search Committee and we are working on a theological statement, as well. As you know, an undertaking such as this involves a financial component, and so we are also in the midst of preparing a budget.
While we have plenty to do, it's going well at this point and for that, we are grateful!
God bless you.
Fr. Scott Leannah, on behalf of the Standing Committee
Diocesan Prayer as we search for the 12th Bishop of the Diocese of Milwaukee:

Gracious and loving God in whom we live and move and have our being: We pray for your guidance and wisdom that we may faithfully follow your calling in our own lives and as we as the Diocese of Milwaukee discern the calling of our twelfth bishop. We give you thanks for the service of Bishop Steven Miller in the life of our diocese and for the blessings that marked his ministry among us. We also pray for his family during this time of transition. We pray for those whom you have called to serve on our Standing, Search, and Transition Committees, and we pray also for those who will respond to your call to enter into discernment with us to be our next bishop. Give us all listening and prayerful hearts for this most important task. This we ask in the name of the One who said, “Come, follow me.” Amen.    

Christmas Message from Bishop Miller 2019

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O come, Desire of nations, bind in one the hearts of all mankind;
Bid thou our sad divisions cease, and be thyself our King of Peace.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel!

Dear Friends in Christ,

At Christmas we celebrate that the prayer of longing quoted above has been answered in the incarnation of Jesus, son of Mary, Son of God, the Word made flesh. We gather again to hear the story we know so well and to hear the angelic proclamation, “To you this day is born a Savior which is Christ the Lord.” Luke records that, at the delivery of this news to the shepherds, a multitude of heavenly host praised God saying, “Glory to God in the highest and peace to God’s people on earth.”

As believers, we know that Jesus is the author and source of all peace, the peace of God which passes all human understanding. As the apostle Paul writes, “He is our peace who has made us one and broken down the dividing wall of hostility.” What God has done in Christ has broken down all barriers, all divisions, and united us to God the Father, to one another, and to all humanity as brothers and sisters made in the image of God.

The call to us this Christmas is to be agents of God’s unity to a world that has not fully lived into God’s reality. As we make our communion this Christmas, let it be for us truly a coming into union with God and God’s purpose for our life — to be the extension of his Incarnation as the body of Christ, the Church.

Wishing you every Christmas blessing, I am,

Yours in Christ,

The Rt. Rev. Steven Andrew Miller
Bishop of Milwaukee

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