Monday, January 16, 2012

Fond du Lac, Eau Claire Episcopal dioceses may combine some programs

From Wisconsin-

Two of the three Episcopal dioceses in Wisconsin voted narrowly to remain separate dioceses last year but are studying ways they can combine programs.

Delegates of the dioceses of Fond du Lac and Eau Claire, at their conventions in October, turned down the opportunity to merge their administrative functions under one bishop.

But Bishop Russell Jacobus of the Diocese of Fond du Lac said discussions are ongoing about cooperative ministry.

"The decision to become one diocese has not been approved so it's no longer on the table," Jacobus said. "However, one of the things we discovered was the possibility of doing ministry together."

He said youth ministry and renewal programs are among the programs that could work together. A combined vestry school for both dioceses will be held in March.

The Diocese of Milwaukee is the other Episcopal diocese in the state.

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