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Pandemic Holy Week Ideas

 

Last year, Easter came around so early in the pandemic that many of us were still struggling with how to move liturgy online. This year, we have learned much more about best practices for online worship, as well as comparatively safe ways to share prayer or worship in person. A group of Diocese of Milwaukee clergy gathered to brainstorm some ideas for Holy Week 2021. As you begin planning, take a look!

Diomil Holy Week 2021 Google Drive Folder

Some additional resources are also shared in the same Google drive. If you have a resource to contribute, let us know.

Lenten Resources for Home Use

Lent will begin this next week with Ash Wednesday on February 17.  We've compiled several resources for you that are especially well-suited for at-home use this year. 

Life Transformed – The Way of Love in Lent

The journey through Lent into Easter is a journey with Jesus. We are baptized into his life, self-giving, and death; then, we rise in hope to life transformed. This Lent, communities are invited to walk with Jesus in his Way of Love and into the experience of transformed life. Together, we will reflect anew on the loving actions of God as recounted in the Easter Vigil readings. Together, we will walk through the depths of salvation history into the fullness of redemption. 

Click here to access an Adult Forum curriculum, a Quiet Day curriculum, calendars and posters. 

Living Well Through Lent 2021: Listening with All Your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind

Designed for use as an individual reflection or for group study, this Living Compass resource is a daily devotional that provides a foundation for seeking a deeper experience of Lent, an experience that will help prepare us for the true meaning of Easter. Available in both print and electronic editions here. A free downloadable facilitator guide for group use is also available. To learn more or to order, visit: https://www.livingcompass.org/lent

Lent Madness 2021

Lent Madness, the Lenten activity that allows you to get to know some amazing people who have come before us in the faith, begins Thursday, February 18. Thirty-two saints are placed in a tournament-style single-elimination bracket. Download the bracket, sign up for email updates and learn more by visiting https://www.lentmadness.org/.

You can also fill out a bracket online on this Lent Madness fan site: https://www.playlentmadness.com/.

Reflections on the Stations of the Cross 

Episcopal Migration Ministries offers an audio compilation of its Reflections on the Stations of the Cross. This resource is appropriate for prayer at home and in congregations. The audio compilation features the liturgy of the Way of the Cross from the Book of Occasional Services, alongside meditations on each station. Thank you for praying with us. If you’d like to follow along, you may request the Reflections booklet here

You can also sign up to receive daily devotions from Episcopal Migration Ministries. They will be sent to your email daily. 

Journey to the Cross with d365

The d365 devotions are written by ministers, professors, students, teachers, missionaries, denominational leaders, and others who work with and care for students. These devotions are available year-round, but they offer a special Journey to the Cross series from Ash Wednesday through Easter.

 

Lent at Home Benedictine Practice

The Diocese of Northern Michigan created a Lent at Home booklet in the style of Benedictine Prayer, with adaptations of two of the “lesser hours” said during the day in the Benedictine tradition: Terce (said around 9:00 a.m.) and None (said around 3:00 p.m.).

Care for the Creation Ideas

Fast from Single-Use Plastics

Challenge yourself to turn from the sin of damaging God’s planet and work to preserve the earth. Green Anglicans offers several challenges to help you learn where you can make sacrifices and improve our attempt to protect and nurture Mother Earth through actions such as fasting from single-use plastics and carbons or reducing our food waste. Find more information and calendars with activities and actions here.

Track your Carbon Footprint

Another way you can develop more mindfulness about how your lifestyle and choices that you make impact the environment this Lent is to track your carbon footprint. The Carbon Tracker from The Episcopal Church is a web-based application that helps individuals, households, congregations, and even dioceses to measure their carbon footprint and take steps to shrink it to fit a sustainable life.  Click here for access to the carbon tracker.

 

Retirement of Canon Peggy Bean

February 11, 2021

To the faithful in the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee,
 
We write you today to announce the retirement of Canon Peggy Bean, Canon for Congregations. Her retirement will begin on Monday, March 8, 2021. There is much for which to be grateful and to celebrate in Peggy’s 23 years of ministry to God’s people in this diocese. 

  • Peggy worked hard in the area of congregational development. She created a new system for offering developing congregations financial and organizational support.
  • Peggy was instrumental in creating the Congregational Development Institute in the Diocese of Milwaukee. This program became so successful and well-known that other dioceses throughout the church adopted it, and Peggy, in turn, served as a consultant to get those new programs up and running successfully.
  • The formation and on-going operation of the Hospitality Center, Racine County’s largest day shelter for people who are hungry, seeking hope, and, in many cases, homeless, located at St. Luke’s, was due in part to Peggy’s support and dedication.
  • Many clergy serving in our diocese are here because of Peggy’s work in the area of deployment. Her deployment work here has also led to opportunities for her to serve the Church on the regional and national levels.
  • Parishes carrying heavy debt often found relief from those financial burdens due to Peggy’s careful work through the Commission on Mission and Development and through the diocesan Finance Committee.
  • Several new rectors, priests-in-charge, and vicars attended Fresh Start, a program for fostering relationships among clergy and their congregations during their transitions into new calls, facilitated by Peggy.
  • Lay leaders throughout the diocese were blessed by Peggy’s leadership, wisdom and insight as a trainer in areas of lay ministry leadership and development.

 
… and there is more. 
 
We give thanks and praise to God for Peggy’s ministry and leadership among us, and we pray for God’s blessings upon her in the years ahead. Tokens of appreciation, cards, and notes can be sent to Peggy at the following address:
 
Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee
Attn: Peggy Bean
804 E. Juneau Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Thank you and may God continue to bless us all and the common life we share in the Diocese of Milwaukee.
 

Fr. Scott R. Leannah, President
Standing Committee of the Diocese of Milwaukee
 
(414) 379-0632

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