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A Statement from Bishop Miller Regarding 12-Step Groups

March 21, 2020

A Statement from Bishop Miller Regarding 12-Step Groups

Dear Friends in Christ,
 
The diocese has been participating in statewide calls with Lt. Governor Barnes and clergy. You may have been hearing from other clergy different information concerning the number of people allowed in gatherings and interpretations of the governor’s restrictions. 
 
I have reviewed my letter from March 17, 2020, and the guidance restricting meetings to no more than 5 people exceeds the state-mandated requirements at this time, with one exception. This 5-person restriction remains in place within the diocese.
 
I had exempted 12-Step programs from the gathering size requirement. The state, however, specifically has not exempted 12-Step programs from their meeting size restriction. Therefore, 12-Step programs like AA meeting in facilities in the diocese will be required to meet the state requirement of not more than 9 people in a meeting. 
 
Since the development and implementation of actions to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus is fluid and changing, we will occasionally have to make changes based on the events around us.
 
I ask for your continued prayers for all those affected by the virus and especially those in need, the elderly and those who have contracted the virus worldwide.
 
Deacon Bill Dunlop is monitoring the statewide calls on our behalf. Thank you, Bill, for volunteering to manage this.
 
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The Rt. Rev. Steven A. Miller
Bishop of Milwaukee

Letter from Bishop Miller on COVID-19

Dear Friends in Christ,

Greetings in this Holy Season of Lent. Please know of my prayers for you all and especially at this time which has seen the emergence of the Coronavirus COVID-19. Many are wondering what the emergence of this virus means for our common life. At the bottom of this letter you will find resources from the Diocese of Olympia and the Diocese of Fond du Lac. I encourage you to review them as individuals and as congregations.

I ask you to do the following.

PRAY – for all those affected, for health care workers and clinicians, and for those working to eradicate this virus.

KEEP CALM – Unnecessary panic is never helpful any situation.

WASH YOUR HANDS – properly, for at least 20 seconds (the time it takes one to say the Lord’s Prayer) with soap and hot water.

REMEMBER - Receiving the Eucharist in one kind (either the bread or the wine) is a full communion with Christ. It is not necessary to receive communion in both kinds. Follow any amended communion practices in your parish with charity.

It is not necessary to exchange the peace physically by hugging and shaking hands; a bow or flashing the peace sign is acceptable. Remember until this Book of Common Prayer, the Peace was simply a verbal exchange. One way to help strengthen this change might be to move the peace to right after the Lord’s Prayer as authorized in the liturgy. Also, remember that you do not have to greet everyone in the church.

STAY HOME- If you are sick or have been exposed.

May God bless you in this holy season.

The Rt. Rev. Steven Andrew Miller
Bishop of Milwaukee

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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

https://ecww.org/covid19response/

https://www.diofdl.org/news/communion-and-the-coronavirus

Milwaukee Strong: A vigil to unite & heal

Milwaukee Strong: A vigil to unite & heal
Sunday, March 1
6 to 7:30 pm
City Hall Courtyard
200 E Wells St
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Join the 80% Coalition as we come together to unite and heal. Speakers will include community, faith and labor leaders as well as elected officials.

About the 80% Coalition

The 80% Coalition is non-partisan and is comprised of advocacy, business, education, faith-based, professional and service organizations committed to pushing back against hate and urging our legislators at the state and federal levels to condemn domestic terrorism and pass commonsense firearm reform legislation. 

Coalition Members

Advanced Wireless,  Inc., Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Brady: United Against Gun Violence, Community Coalition for Quality Policing, Crusaders of Justicia, Doctors for America, The Rt. Rev. Steven Andrew Miller, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee, Felmers Chaney Advocacy Board, First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, Forward Latino, Greater Milwaukee Synod, ELCA, Hours Against Hate, Islamic Society of Milwaukee, JCRC - Milwaukee Jewish Federation, League of United Latin American Citizens Wisconsin, March for Our Lives MKE, March For Our Lives Wisconsin, Milwaukee Inner-City Congregations Allied for Hope (MICAH), Milwaukee Muslim Women's Coalition, Mom's Demand Action - Wisconsin, NAACP - Milwaukee Branch, Wisconsin State NAACP Conference of Branches, NAMI Dane County, NAMI Wisconsin, National Council of Jewish Women - Milwaukee, Serve 2 Unite, UMOS & Wisconsin Anti Violence Effort (WAVE).  

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