News & Messages

A message from Bishop Miller in response to the shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio

 
Dear Friends in Christ,
 
Seven years ago today, the community of Oak Creek, the town in which I now live, was rocked by violence born of hate. Tonight I will join with others in our community to pray for those who were killed this past weekend in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio as well as those killed at the Sikh Temple seven years ago and call on our elected officials at both the federal and state level to enact sane and reasonable gun laws such as universal background checks, a ban on assault rifles and high capacity magazines, and to require all gun manufactures to embrace smart gun technology.
 
These mass shootings are only one aspect of an increasingly violent society. There are many others. Each points to despair, hopelessness, and rage which have infected so many and that some have exploited for personal and political gain.
 
In the midst of this, we are called to live in and embrace the Shalom of God, that peace which passes all human understanding and lives in sure and certain hope that violence will never have the last word.
 
I would invite you to join me in praying daily the prayer of Blessed Francis, found on page 833 of the Book of Common Prayer. I also ask you to share this prayer with others and invite them to join you in being an agent of peace.
 
Bishop Steven A. Miller

Vigil Against Hate: A Remembrance of Oak Creek, Gilroy, El Paso & Dayton

Tomorrow, August 5, the seventh anniversary of the mass shooting at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee, together with the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, Forward Latino, Voces de la Frontera, JCRC-Milwaukee Jewish Federation, and the NAACP-Milwaukee Branch, will gather together in Milwaukee for a Vigil Against Hate: A Remembrance of Oak Creek, Gilroy, El Paso and Dayton.

The vigil will take place tomorrow at 7 pm, at Walker Square Park (across from the United Community Center), 1031 S 9th St, Milwaukee, WI 53204.

 

Posted by Sara Bitner

Community Meal Program at St. Peter's, West Allis ⁠— Going Strong for 30 Years!

This is the 30th year (or so) of the Community Meal Program at our parish, St. Peter's, West Allis. Its success is a result of passionate leaders, an ecumenical group of neighborhood volunteers, support from Feeding America and Thrivent Financial, and contributions from St. Peter's laity and guests.

St. Peter's Community Meal and Food Program has increased in scope and frequency over the years, serving thousands in the process. We serve guests a sit-down meal upon arrival and offer them a chance to "shop" through food pantry items which they can take home in St. Peter's branded reusable grocery bags that are also provided.

St. Peter's is in the process of expanding on its outreach and hospitality model, piloting an informal derivative that will be hosted one Sunday a month, prior to the scheduled Eucharist.  It's a work in progress, but isn't everything?   

Steve Elliott
Senior Warden
St. Peter's Episcopal Church
West Allis

Photo credit: Karen Buker

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