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Letter from the Standing Committee

August 21, 2019

Brothers and sisters in Christ,

By now you have received news that the Rt. Rev. Steven Andrew Miller, 11th Bishop of the Diocese of Milwaukee, has announced his pending retirement.

The Standing Committee met with Bishop Miller and the Rt. Rev. Todd Ousley of the Office of Pastoral Development from the national church to talk through next steps regarding Bishop Miller’s retirement and the upcoming transition.

First and foremost, the Standing Committee would like to recognize and thank Bishop Miller for his stewardship and ministry to the diocese. Bishop Miller faithfully pastored the people and parishes of this diocese for the past 16 years and the Standing Committee congratulated him on his retirement and we hope that he and his wife Cindy have the opportunity for some much needed rest and renewal.

Secondly, the Standing Committee wanted to share with you next steps regarding this transition. The Rt. Rev. Todd Ousley outlined for the Standing Committee the general contours of the overall process ahead of us, along with a possible timeline. Our immediate next step, though, is the interviewing and selection of a consultant from a list which Bishop Ousley will provide to us. This consultant, along with Bishop Ousley, will journey with us over the coming months. We are grateful for this support. 

The Standing Committee does not take this task lightly and will be entering into deep discernment about how best to do this. We intend to keep the people and churches of the diocese updated on our progress as we move forward.

Please join us in thanking Bishop Miller, and his wife Cindy and their family for all they have done for the Diocese of Milwaukee. And please pray with us and for us as we discern how best to move forward in calling the 12th Bishop of the Diocese of Milwaukee. 

In service to the people and churches of this diocese,

The Standing Committee

The Rev. Scott Leannah (President), St. Thomas of Canterbury, Greendale
The Rev. Elizabeth Tester, St. Paul's, Watertown
Ms. Tammy Prather, St. Bartholomew's, Pewaukee
Dr. Mary “Jamie” Cairo, St. Matthew's, Kenosha
The Rev. Andrew Jones, St. Andrew's, Madison
The Rev. Gary Manning, Trinity, Wauwatosa
Ms. Celia Fine, St. Dunstan's, Madison
Dr. Sheryl Slocum, St. Thomas of Canterbury, Greendale

PDF of Letter

Nominations & Resolutions Due August 19

This year’s Diocesan Convention takes place on Saturday, October 19, at Madison Marriott West Hotel in Middleton, Wisconsin.

Nominations & Resolutions — due August 19

Nominees are needed for these positions to be elected at the 2019 Diocesan Convention:

ONE person (lay or clergy) to be elected to a one-year term

TWO clergy persons to be elected to three-year terms
ONE clergy person to be elected to a two-year term
TWO lay persons to be elected to three-year terms
ONE lay person to be elected to a one-year term

FOUR clergy persons (deacon or priests) to be elected to serve at the 2021 General Convention
FOUR lay persons to be elected to serve at the 2021 General Convention

ONE lay person to be elected to a four-year term
ONE priest to be elected to a four-year term

ONE clergy person to be elected to a three-year term
TWO lay persons to be elected to three-year terms

TWO persons (lay or clergy) to be elected to three-year terms

Please give serious thought to offering your gifts to serving the diocese in one of these positions! Descriptions of the positions and Nominations forms are available on our website:

Resolutions are also due by August 19, 2019.

Bishop Steven A. Miller to Retire

Dear Friends in Christ,

Some years ago when Cindy and I were replacing the roof on our home in Racine, one of our neighbors came by and asked if there was a problem with the roof or was it “just time.” We responded it was “just time.” This phrase has now become part of our family vocabulary. That conversation came to me as I prepared to write this letter to you.

After over thirty-five years of ordained ministry and almost sixteen years as your bishop, it has become clear to me that it is time for me to retire and pass the crozier on to the 12th bishop of Milwaukee. Last night, the Standing Committee, Chancellor and I met with the Rt. Rev. Todd Ousley of the Office of Pastoral Development to inform them of my intention to retire in November of 2020 and to begin the process of electing the next bishop of this Diocese.

I have felt a multitude of emotions as I considered these plans, but gratitude for our work and life together in my 16 years as your bishop is first and foremost. I have loved being your bishop and serving Christ with and among you. Our diocese has made a distinctive commitment to forming young persons for ordained ministry and giving them the opportunity to lead, as evidenced by the fact that we have the second-youngest average age of priests in the Episcopal Church. Moreover, thanks to the joint venture with LZ Developers at St. Francis House, our campus ministries at UW-Madison and around the Diocese are on a sure financial footing.

We have also reformed the way that we as a diocese come together to do the work that God has given us to do. Our governance is more representative and transparent than ever, and by making some difficult choices, we’ve lowered the percentage that parishes pay into the diocesan budget and the percentage of the diocesan budget that comes from these assessments. And through some difficult years in the life of our church, our diocese has remained united—not of one mind on all the issues of the day, but united in Christ nonetheless.

With my impending retirement, you have an opportunity, from a position of stability, to face the future. I pray that God will bless you with wisdom and courage, and that the Holy Spirit will lead you in discerning the role our diocese is called to play in the lives of our members, our communities and our church.

In the months I have remaining with you, Cindy, the girls and I hope to have the opportunity to say good-bye to many of you in person. Please be assured that you are in my prayers and that I will carry you all in my heart wherever God calls me to go.

Yours in Christ,

 The Rt. Rev. Steven Andrew Miller
11th Bishop of Milwaukee

PDF of Bishop Miller's letter

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