A Special Christmas Eve Service

December 30, 2016, Dear Friends and Family of the Diocese of Eau Claire, I am delighted to share this wonderful story about the Christmas Eve service in New Richmond. It is a testament to the good work Mother Catherine Kuschel and the good people of Saints Thomas and John Church are doing together. In November…

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2016 Diocesan Convention Address

Bishop’s Address to the 2016 Diocese of Eau Claire Convention November 12, 2016 Dear Clergy and Delegates of the 88th Diocesan Convention, In 2014 Phyllis Tickle wrote a book entitled, “The Age of the Spirit.” One of her themes was that every 500 years Christianity goes through a time of major change. As the printing…

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Reflection on the Election of Donald Trump as 45th President

November 10, 2016, Dear Friends and Family of the Diocese of Eau Claire, Most past presidential elections have been predictable. They reflected the polls. Tuesday’s election defied that pattern. By all accounts, rural America turned out in record numbers and voted for Donald Trump. In January he will be the 45th President of the United…

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We are Family!

September 29, 2016, Dear Friends and Family of the Diocese of Eau Claire, We may be a small diocese, but it seems we are doing some things right! Nearly all the dioceses throughout the Episcopal Church declined in this past reporting year of 2015. We grew by 1.6%. Why are we different? Answering that question…

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Violence in Baton Rouge, Minneapolis, and Dallas

July 9, 2016, Dear Friends and Family of the Diocese of Eau Claire, The two killings of two African American citizens by police in Baton Rouge and Minneapolis earlier this week followed on Thursday night by the murder of five police officers in Dallas left me and most of our country stunned. On an almost…

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Orlando

June 15, 2016, Dear Friends and Family of the Diocese of Eau Claire, Several days have now passed since the killing of 49 people in Orlando. At this writing 27 others are in the hospital trying to recover from their wounds. This has been done in the name of ISIS and Islamic terrorism. The killer…

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