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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The Jesus Movement!

April 8, 2016, Dear Friends and Family of the Diocese of Eau Claire, Last month at the Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops’ Spring Retreat, our Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry, asked us to think about the word “movement” when Jesus said the word “kingdom.” What I realized is that kingdom is very much a noun symbolizing…

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A Word to the Church

March 15, 2016 The House of Bishops of The Episcopal Church, meeting in retreat, unanimously approved the following Word To The Church. A Word to the Church Holy Week 2016 “We reject the idolatrous notion that we can ensure the safety of some by sacrificing the hopes of others.” On Good Friday the ruling political…

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Race and Hope

March 10, 2016, Dear Friends and Family of the Diocese of Eau Claire, On Monday, I wrote these words regarding racial blind spots: “In my late teens I worked as a construction laborer as the only white person in a black occupation. Among many lessons I learned was that I better get a good education.…

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