500th Anniversary of Martin Luther’s Posting of the Ninety-five Theses

October 26, 2017 Dear Family and Friends of the Diocese of Eau Claire, On Tuesday, while most Americans focus on Halloween, October 31 will also mark the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s posting of his Ninety-five Theses on the All Saints’ Church door in Wittenberg, Germany. The Lutheran Church calls October 31 Reformation Day. What…

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Easter Letter–2017

Bishop’s Easter Letter to the Diocese of Eau Claire April 15-16, 2017 Dear Friends and Family of the Episcopal Diocese of Eau Claire, By the time we are five years old and on we become aware of death. We see death in animals and in other humans who touch our lives. We know that one…

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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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