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Message from the Episcopal Bishops of Wisconsin on COVID guidance

Dear Friends in Christ,

While we are grateful to God for the progress we have made in keeping people safe from COVID infection, we are writing today to remind Episcopalians in the State of Wisconsin that the pandemic is not over. Indeed, we now know that the most recently detected variant, Omicron, has been detected in our state. The data is still being collected, but it seems clear that this variant is significantly more transmissible than Delta and that current vaccines and boosters do not prevent transmission in all cases. We do know that vaccinations and boosters still provide important protection against developing the most serious illness and hospitalization.

This is a moment to ask all of our congregations to continue to take the pandemic with due seriousness and care. Let us recommit ourselves to the responsible, careful practices we have learned over the past months. In order to keep one another as safe as possible, we strongly encourage masking and social distancing when we gather. We urge every eligible member of the church to be fully vaccinated and to receive appropriate booster shots. We commend the continuation of virtual options for worship and other meetings. And we commend the guidelines adopted in most of our churches regarding masking, social distancing, and the reception of Holy Communion.

These are challenging times for us all, but we are members of the Body of Christ who is the light of the world. In these Advent days leading to the Christmas Feast, let us renew our trust in the God who is with us in every circumstance, in every challenge or time of uncertainty or fear. Let us commit ourselves to be bearers of God’s light and love to one another and to the world.

 In Christ,

 The Rt. Rev. Matthew Gunter
Bishop of the Diocese of Fond du Lac
Bishop Provisional the Diocese of Eau Claire

The Rt. Rev. Jeffrey Lee
Bishop Provisional of the Diocese of Milwaukee

Canon for Finance and Administration Retiring

 December 6, 2021

 To the clergy and parishioners of the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee,

I write to you today to announce the retirement of the Rev. Dr. Kevin Huddleston, Canon for Finance and Administration, at the end of this year. Canon Huddleston began serving in this role several months before Bishop Miller’s retirement and his leadership during this transition has been crucial. I’m grateful for Kevin’s work on behalf of the whole diocese, especially in welcoming me to the Diocese of Milwaukee in this time of transition.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the people and parishes of the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee. I am grateful for the opportunity I have had to contribute to the process of the transition and transformation of our diocese. However, I have discerned that it is time for the diocese to move in a new direction regarding its structure. It is also time for me to transition to a new chapter in my ministry,” said Canon Huddleston. His retirement will be effective December 31, 2021.

I give thanks to God for Canon Huddleston’s ministry and leadership among us. I am grateful for all that he has given to the diocese; we are stronger for the gifts of his ministry. We have begun to reshape the ministry of the Finance Office. The Finance Office has been transitioning from outsourcing the accounting of the diocese to doing the accounting in-house. Caroline Senn has been overseeing this transition since she was hired in late October, and she will be the contact person for any finance-related questions. You may reach her at or 920-757-3173.

Please join me in offering thanks to Canon Huddleston, for his leadership and ministry with us. 

In Christ,

+Jeff

The Rt. Rev. Jeff Lee
Bishop Provisional of the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee

Haiti Project Donation

Dear Friends,  

Greetings to you in the name of the Christ child, whose birth we joyfully anticipate in the coming season of Advent. I write this letter to you on behalf of the Standing Committee of the Diocese of Milwaukee.

We want to take this opportunity to give you an update on the Haiti Project from our diocesan side of things. In January of 2020, the Standing Committee became the ecclesiastical authority of the diocese after the retirement of Bishop Miller. In the six months that we held that position, we took a close look at many of the ministries in our diocese in order to have a better understanding of how we could support the good work that each was doing. In our review of the Haiti Project, we found that this was an opportune time to evaluate how the Haiti Project functions, and in so doing we discerned that we would pause the work of the Haiti Project Steering Committee and employ the help of the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center, which is an organization that offers consultation and resources for groups who are looking toward change and spiritual growth. We have asked them to come alongside of us and help with some intentional decision-making as we discern what the missional outreach work of the Haiti Project should look like going forward into the future. That work continues and we hope to have some clear plans in the new year.

Though we paused the work of the Steering Committee, rest assured that we have not paused our commitment and support of our brothers and sisters in Jeannette. The Standing Committee has been in close contact with parish priest, Pere Moise and the school, and with Gregory Leger, our liaison at APSHA, a trusted third-party organization that serves as our financial agent in Haiti. The Health Committee continues to communicate closely with the clinic and their physician, Dr. Elie to address the health care needs of those they serve.

And throughout it all, the diocese has continued to send its committed financial support to those partners in Jeannette on a monthly basis. That financial support includes $9000 to the grades 4K-13 school and clinic support staff to be allocated at the discretion of the Priest in Charge, $1240 for Dr. Elie’s salary, and $500 for medical supplies. We also send additional funds that have been authorized or requested when needed.

We know how important the mission of the Haiti Project is to so many here in our dioceses of Milwaukee, Eau Claire and North Dakota, as well as other dioceses across the country, and we especially know how very important this mission is to the people of Jeannette who worship, teach, learn, and seek comfort and healing through the church, school and health clinic that we support.
 
As we once again enter into this season of giving, we ask that you continue to pray for all of the people of Haiti, especially those whose lives are touched by the work of the Haiti Project, and we hope that you will consider continuing your financial support of the good work of the Haiti Project which began 36 years ago and that we hope will continue far into the future.

Donations can be given online at the diocesan website. Once at the site, click on the red “Giving” button and you will be directed to a page where you will select the Haiti Project as the fund you are donating to. You may also send checks made out to the Haiti Project to the diocesan office address: Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee, 804 E Juneau Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202.

The benefit to the people of Jeannette through the Haiti Project would not be what it is without all the hard work of its volunteers and the financial supporters who have given so much of themselves over the years. It is our prayer and our intention that that support continues on for years to come in ways that will continue the good work of the Kingdom of God with the dear people in Jeannette.


Yours in Christ,

The Rev. Jana Troutman-Miller
President, Standing Committee of the Diocese of Milwaukee         

pdf of above letter        

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