to the editor:

As a member of the Ripon Common Council, I realize how important good leadership is, and I would like to give thanks for all the clergy who provide guidance, strength, and a path forward to so many in our community. By shepherding members of our community, often through their darkest times, our city as a whole becomes stronger, more resilient, and ultimately more caring.

As I am personally called to make decisions on behalf of my constituents for the betterment of the city, I find that turning to the ethics and morality that have been formed by the many tireless faith leaders in this city to be a source of inspiration for me. Especially as we try to keep each other’s spirits up as we collectively pull each other through this pandemic, I see our faith leaders in this community reminding us to persevere and to continue to reach out to show love and compassion to our neighbors.

In short, I want to give my most heartfelt and genuine gratitude for the clergy who put their church members before themselves, and who continue to check in with the homebound or lonely. Our clergy continue to show up when called, they continue to minister to the sick and are challenged to navigate marriages and funerals in ways that also try to keep their community safe from the spread of COVID-19. These current times are challenging to say the least, and yet our clergy continue to provide important messages of healing and hope. Know that I see you, and I appreciate you.

It is clear that you are making our city of Ripon better by your service and your example.

Through my work with the Ripon Community COVID-19 Task Force, I have personally seen how many of you are working together through the Ripon Area Ministerial Association (RAMA) to build connections among communities of faith to serve our community, and have created a new Facebook page to further increase your outreach.

For each of these reasons and more, I want to say thank you.

I hope the readers of the Ripon Commonwealth Press will join me in showing extra appreciation to our beloved clergy throughout October.

— Ald. Jolene Schatzinger

City of Ripon District 4

100 E. Jackson St.

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