Greetings in the name of Christ!
As clergy from all three Episcopal dioceses in Wisconsin gathered earlier this week for worship, reflection, and discernment, the Holy Spirit was moving, creating deep bonds of relationship and trust. We do not where the Trialogue, the conversation that this taking place about the future of the Episcopal Church in Wisconsin will take us, but already it has been a blessing to many.
Among the Task Forces established to accomplish the Trialogue’s work is the Task Force for Parish and Regional Engagement. Our charge is to provide opportunity for everyone in all three dioceses of Wisconsin to share their questions, their hopes and concerns about the trialogue process with the bishops and the Steering Committee. We are asking every congregation to hold a conversation regarding hopes and concerns for the possible reuniting of the three Wisconsin Dioceses. We hope that clergy or lay leaders will lead this conversation if at all possible and that a recorder will take notes and share them with the Task Force. While the conversation may be limited to vestry and convention delegates, engaging the whole congregation would also be helpful. We hope that these initial conversations need to be completed by Advent. After this initial opportunity to connect, there will be other opportunities to engage with the trialogue process as more information becomes available.
We have developed a number of materials to help guide the conversation as well as to provide information about the Trialogue process and the three dioceses. We will forward these to you if you agree to conduct the conversation yourselves. We may also be able to provide facilitation for zoom meetings with congregations. Please contact Fr. Jonathan Grieser, Rector at Grace Episcopal Church in Madison at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, if you have questions, and if you are willing to lead this important conversation with your congregation.
The Rev. Dcn. Paul Aparicio, Diocese of Fond du Lac, co-facilitator
The Rev. Dr. Jonathan Grieser, Diocese of Milwaukee, co-facilitator
Bevra Cole, Diocese of Milwaukee
Tim Donahue, Diocese of Eau Claire
The Rev. Julie Hendrix, Diocese of Fond du Lac
Edie McDougal, Diocese of Eau Claire
The Rev. Dcn. Steve Russell, Diocese of Eau Claire
The Rev. Joanne Skidmore, Diocese of Fond du Lac