The process of considering a reunified Diocese of Wisconsin has been a prayerful one from the beginning, thanks to the work of the Prayer and Discernment Task Force. Facilitated by Deacon Marlene Hogue of the Diocese of Eau Claire and Sister BJ Brown of the Diocese of Fond du Lac, the group has taken its mandate seriously and provided a range of resources to members of the three current dioceses, while serving as a central hub of prayer.
The Task Force has written litanies and produced prayer cards for individual and congregational use, and convened regular Zoom sessions offering individuals the opportunity to pray with Episcopalians from across the state. Videos of these sessions are available to watch on the Trialogue YouTube channel. New resources will be made available for use as the process continues.
Members of the Task Force committed themselves to praying during each meeting of the Trialogue Task Forces and Steering Committee. They were in prayer as the Steering Committee gathered in April and agreed to present a proposal for reunion to the appropriate governing bodies of each diocese— the Executive Councils in Milwaukee and Eau Claire, the Board of Trustees in Fond du Lac—in early June.
Should the three governing bodies decide to consider a reunified Diocese of Wisconsin at the diocesan conventions on October 21, the Task Force will be physically present at each convention to pray for those involved. The Task Force will also hold all Episcopalians across the state of Wisconsin in prayer at each significant juncture, and will offer public prayers of thanksgiving and rejoicing for the work of the past eighteen months, the relationships developed, and the ministry connections made.
Members of the Prayer and Discernment Task Force include Co-facilitators Sister BJ Brown and Deacon Marlene Hogue, Clerk Lynn Zobel of Milwaukee, Steering Committee liaison the Rev. Canon Kathy Charles of Eau Claire, Anne Peterson of Fond du Lac, Deacon Bill Power of Eau Claire, the Rev. Michele Whitford of Fond du Lac, and Chuck Zellermayer of Milwaukee.
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