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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.

 

Provisional Bishop Announced

FOR RELEASE DECEMBER 2, 2020 AT 1 PM CST
contact:  Sara Bitner,

 BISHOP JEFFREY D. LEE IS PROVISIONAL BISHOP DESIGNEE IN DIOCESE OF MILWAUKEE

The Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee, a group of elected clergy and lay leaders, announced today that the Rt. Rev. Jeffrey D. Lee, current bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago, is the designee for provisional bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee. Bishop Lee will begin serving as the provisional bishop designee on April 1, 2021. The convention at which the clergy and lay representatives of the diocese will vote on Bishop Lee’s nomination will be held shortly thereafter, at a date to be determined but likely in June 2021. Bishop Lee will conclude his ministry as bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago at the end of this month.

“On behalf of the Standing Committee, I’d like to express our enthusiasm and readiness to work with Bishop Jeff Lee in this season of our common life together. His love for the Diocese of Milwaukee is evident when you talk with him, and his roots here among us are deep,” said the Rev. Scott Leannah, president of the Standing Committee. “His love for the gospel, dedication to the Church, and knowledge of congregational and diocesan ministry will be a blessing and gift for us during this time of transition and new life. We urge your prayerful support for Bishop Lee and his family as he concludes his ministry in the Diocese of Chicago. We ask you to do all you can to support him in the role of provisional bishop of the Diocese of Milwaukee. He comes to us at a pivotal time in our shared life and we are grateful for his “yes”; we believe it was inspired by the Holy Spirit.”

The Diocese of Milwaukee’s current bishop, the Rt. Rev. Steven Andrew Miller, will retire on December 31 after a terminal sabbatical. As stated above, Bishop Lee will begin his ministry with the Diocese of Milwaukee on April 1. He will be working half-time for a two-year term.

The Rt. Rev. Jeffrey D. Lee was elected as the twelfth bishop of the Diocese of Chicago in 2007 and was consecrated on February 2, 2008. Bishop Lee is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Nashotah House Seminary and served as a curate, canon to the ordinary and church developer in the Diocese of Northern Indiana and as rector of churches in Wisconsin and Washington before being elected bishop. He and his wife, Lisa Rogers Lee, have two children, Katherine and Jonathan. You may find Bishop Lee’s full bio here.

“I am delighted at the prospect of returning to ministry with the people of the Diocese of Milwaukee. More than twenty years since our time at St. Christopher’s, River Hills, Lisa and I still remember fondly the warm friendships and vital ministry we experienced in Wisconsin,” said Bishop Lee. “I am honored that the Standing Committee has asked me to stand for election as bishop provisional, and all the people of the diocese will be in my prayers between now and when I hope to join you in April.”

Between January 1 and March 31, two assisting bishops will support and advise the Standing Committee in their role as the Ecclesiastical Authority for the Diocese of Milwaukee. The Rt. Rev. Matthew Gunter, bishop of Fond du Lac and provisional bishop of Eau Claire will be the assisting bishop January 1-February 15 and the Rt. Rev. Keith Whitmore, retired, will be the assisting bishop February 16-March 31. They will meet with the Standing Committee monthly and will be available for advice and pastoral care on an as-needed basis.  

The Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee comprises 49 congregations in the 18 counties of southern Wisconsin. To learn more, visit www.diomil.org.

An earlier version of this message incorrectly reported that Bishop Lee will begin his ministry in the Diocese of Milwaukee in 2020 instead of 2021.

This message is also available as a pdf here.

Daily Advent Reflections Available

Advent is a time when we wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ. As we prepare for the Christ-child, we would like to offer you reflections to help you enter into the beauty and splendor of this glorious season. This year we have collected reflections based on the Daily Office readings from people, both lay and clergy, across the diocese.

These reflections are available to you in three different ways: 

1. For those who wish to have things printed off, we have a pdf of all the reflections for you. You may also make copies of the reflections available for people in your parish who do not have electronic access.

2. If you prefer to get an email with the day's reflection sent to you, you can sign up for that here. We just need your name and email address. I will then send you an email with the reflection each morning. 

3. Each day's reflection will be posted on a blog on our website. You can access that here.

A special thank-you to Mother Mindy Valentine Davis for compiling all the reflections. I'm so delighted that we have so many different voices represented for the Advent season. 

Wishing you a blessed Advent season!

~Sara Bitner, Communications Officer

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