The Wisconsin Way - ENews June 5, 2019

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June 5, 2019

Soul Food

The Wisconsin Way

There is an ancient Jewish proverb that advises, “When faced with two options, choose the third.”  There is profound wisdom in this challenge to simplistic, either/or thinking.  We are products of a binary culture, where we often limit ourselves to this or that, right or wrong, inclusive or exclusive thinking.  Our entire denomination is currently engaged in multiple levels of either/or thinking – traditional or progressive, unity or schism, stay or go debates across the global church.  The Jewish proverb invites us to ask, are there other options to consider? Read More

Latest Conference News

Bishop Forms a Wisconsin Option Task Force

In response to the recent General Conference and Judicial Council rulings in February and April, respectively, Bishop Hee-Soo Jung is assembling a team of clergy and laity leadership from across the Wisconsin Conference to envision a Wisconsin way forward – a Wisconsin Option to the calls for separation on both the traditional and progressive sides of our theological spectrum. Read More

Additional Action Items to be Considered at Annual Conference

To prepare for this year’s Annual Conference, you are encouraged to read these additional Action Items submitted for the business of our Annual Conference 2019 Session. They will be considered during the plenary sessions of our Annual Conference this year, along with the other Action Items in the Pre-Conference workbook and the election of delegates to General and Jurisdictional Conferences 2020. Read Action Items 20 - 25Read More

Celebrate Peace with Justice Sunday

The following letter from PyungAhn “Peace” Kim, the Peace with Justice Coordinator for the Wisconsin Conference, encourages your congregation to celebrate Peace with Justice Sunday and offers several resources about this offering. The official date for Peace with Justice is June 16, 2019. Please note that the official date is during Annual Conference, but you are welcome to select a different date for your congregation to support this offering. Read More

Connectional News

New Website Highlights Bishops’ Work

The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church has launched a new website dedicated to the issues and business of the 120-plus leaders who give oversight to the denomination. The site contains biographical information for active and retired bishops, news, information about annual conferences and details on the ecumenical work the council and its staff undertake on behalf of the church. Read press release.
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Commentary: Women Arise for Better Lives

The Women Arise Network uses communication strategies and technologies to reduce human suffering, improve lives and amplify women's voices around the world. "Today's technologies allow us to reach people who do not have access to radio, television or the internet," writes the Rev. Neelley Hicks. "A simple text message can pass through these barriers." Read blog.

Helping Churches Navigate Loan Process

The new website of the United Methodist Development Fund has resources specifically designed to help churches navigate the loan process as well as to assist individuals, churches and ministries as they consider investing options. The website also features custom photography that highlights local church stories. Read press release.
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Wisconsin Conference Seeking Accounting Clerk

Our Conference Personnel Committee approved a request to hire an accountant to help with the responsibilities of our Conference’s Finance & Administration Office. The position is full-time and non-exempt, reporting to the Conference Treasurer & Director of Administration. Click here for the job description and e-mail with any questions.

Missionary David Makobo Visiting Wisconsin in July

Missionary David Makobo and his wife Solange are scheduled to be in Wisconsin for itineration from July 11 – 28, 2019.  Contact Tony Fuller, or 920-722-7802, for more information. Read More

Watch Pre-Conference Webinar Online

Watch the webinar here. All of the presentations used in the webinar can be found at Annual Conference Resources.

Upcoming Events

Annual Conference 2019

June 14-17, 2019 at the Green Bay KI Convention Center. Register here by June 7. Read More

First Twelve: ICD Training Event

July 9 – 10, 2019. Register here by July 2.

Bishop Jung’s Interfaith Retreat and Bus Tour

July 12–13, 2019 in Madison, WI. Registration deadline: July 8, 2019. Read More

Boundaries Training

It is mandatory for all pastors serving local churches to attend before 2020. There are three sessions scheduled in October of 2019 for any pastors who did not attend one in 2017. Register here

2019 Spiritual Formation Academy: Boundless Compassion in a Broken World

October 27 – November 1, 2019. Early registration ends July 1, 2019. Read More


Help Wanted

Minister of Congregational Care (Part-Time)
Accounting Clerk (Full-Time)
Director of Children's, Youth, and Family Ministries (Part-Time)
Director of Music
UM Hospitals Ministry Chaplain (Part Time)

Free or For Sale

Copier/Scanner for Sale
Wooden Conference Table for Sale
Cushioned Office Chairs for Sale
Spinet Piano Free to a Good Home

Local Activities

Donation Garage Sale (DeForest) (Thu Jun 20 @12:00AM)
Advanced Lay Servant: Lay Pastoral Caregiving (Cudahy) (Sun Jun 23 @ 1:00PM)


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