Happy Thanksgiving

November 24, 2014 Dear Friends and Family of the Diocese of Eau Claire, Of all the holidays we observe in our nation, Thanksgiving is my favorite. It is a day that defies commercialization. After all, you can only eat so much, and grocery stores aren’t interested in making a big deal (but maybe a good…

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On Sabbaticals

November 17, 2014 Dear Friends and Family of the Diocese of Eau Claire, The Sabbatical is a common practice in both academia and in the Church. Sometime around the seventh year of service a professor or priest takes time away from normal teaching or work. In the Church priests are expected to make time for…

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The Great Awakening

November 10, 2014 Dear Friends and Family of the Diocese of Eau Claire, In my address to the 86th Convention of the Diocese of Eau Claire on Saturday, I mentioned the Great Awakening. The Great Awakening was a pouring out of the Holy Spirit that took place primarily in the 1730’s and 40’s. It began…

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The Beauty of Doves

November 3, 2014 Dear Friends and Family of the Diocese of Eau Claire, Yesterday I was at St. Katharine’s Church in Owen and had the privilege of blessing and helping to release three white homing doves to commemorate the three people who were confirmed or received into the Church. The doves flew about two hours…

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All Saints’ Day

October 27, 2014 Dear Friends and Family of the Diocese of Eau Claire, All Saints’ Day, November 1, and All Saints’ Sunday, this year November 2, is special to many Christians. The saints are so varied that it stretches the mind in appreciating how God reaches people from so many walks of life. Some saints…

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The GTS8

October 20, 2014 Dear Friends and Family of the Diocese of Eau Claire, One of the seminaries of the Episcopal Church, General Theological Seminary in New York City, is in turmoil. Eight of the faculty members refused to teach because of their differences with the Dean. These faculty wanted a genuine conversation, but their process…

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