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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Civil War Observances

October 13, 2014 Dear Friends and Family of the Diocese of Eau Claire, I haven’t heard or read much about observances of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War. As a teen I remember the 100th anniversary as a time filled with events. In 1962 I rode a train from Atlanta to Chattanooga. Festivities…

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Judas

October 6, 2014 Dear Friends and Family of the Diocese of Eau Claire, We know that Judas betrayed Jesus and later in remorse killed himself. The question is, “What happened before?” What led Judas to contact the Jewish authorities so they could locate Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane and arrest him in the night?…

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Voting with Discernment

September 29, 2014 October is a month when we as Americans look to fall. We think of football games and harvest time. God has blessed our land, for corn and other agricultural production is at or near all time highs. This is also a period of discernment regarding candidates for public office. We actually vote…

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Reflections from Taiwan

September 22, 2014 Dear Friends and Family of the Diocese of Eau Claire, Since Tuesday of last week I have been at the week long House of Bishops and Spouses’ meeting in Taipei, Taiwan. It has been a time of immersion in a different culture in which only 4% of the population is Christian. On…

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House of Cards

On August 16, Congressman Paul Ryan was asked by CBS News what he thought of the Netflix series, “House of Cards.” He said, “It turned my stomach so much that I just couldn’t watch it any more.”

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