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FOND DU LAC: Diocesan Convention follows its vision

[Episcopal News Service]  The Episcopal Diocese of Fond du Lac, meeting in Wausau, Wisconsin, October 20-21 for its 132nd annual diocesan convention, moved closer towards living out the diocesan vision to be "a community of disciples enthusiastically leading all people to transformation in Jesus."

During part of the first evening's events, the Rev. Kenneth Munanga, assistant to the bishop of the Diocese of Mount Kenya South, and his wife, Sarah, gave a presentation about the Diocese of Mount Kenya South.

According to a diocesan news release, the diocese is considering entering into a companion relationship with Mount Kenya South and has already developed a number of relationships with the diocese through medical missionary trips, theological educators, and clergy coming from the diocese, including a visit of Bishop Timothy Ranji in the fall of 2005.

The convention's business session was held October 21 during which Bishop Russell Jacobus gave his pastoral address. He highlighted a number of successful efforts to share the Gospel in congregations around the diocese. He also presented three goals for the diocese in the next year:

  • structure the diocese in a way that best serves congregations in sharing the Gospel;
  • develop a new companion relationship with another diocese; and
  • have the diocese become "informed on what it means to be a worldwide Communion, and look into ways that will help maintain its unity."

The Convention passed resolutions to:

  • continue to allow individuals to restrict their giving from being included in the calculation of the diocese's pledge to the national church;
  • develop ways to implement meeting the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); and
  • re-commit the diocese to reaching the goals of the 20/20 initiative of doubling the membership of congregations by 2020.

A resolution regarding a statement of belief was withdrawn.

The Diocese of Fond du Lac is composed of more than 6,600 baptized members in 33 congregations and two summer chapels covering the northeast third of the State of Wisconsin.