Sandlot Baseball and Haiti

January 19, 2016, Dear Friends and Family of the Diocese of Eau Claire, When I was in my early teens, the boys in our neighborhood delighted in playing sandlot baseball. We cleared an open area of brush. We erected a rough chicken wire backstop. We had irregular bases, and played with a softball because anyone…

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Of Haiti and the United States

January 8, 2016, Dear Friends and Family of the Diocese of Eau Claire, This issue of Bishop’s Writings comes to you early because I am leaving today with other diocesan volunteers for Haiti. We will return to the United States on January 17. I am uncertain of the WiFi in Jeanette where our Mission group…

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Peace and Joy for 2016?

Monday, January 4, 2015, Dear Friends and Family of the Diocese of Eau Claire, Back in the 1990’s, Garrison Keillor on his radio show, “A Prairie Home Companion” said that the Civil War made everyone sick of war. As a result the United States engaged in no conflicts for the next 33 years. It was…

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The New Technology–Love It?

Tuesday, December 29, 2015, Dear Friends and Family of the Diocese of Eau Claire, I can remember from grade school a teacher or a textbook saying that what marks a civilization is the capacity of humans to make the environment adjust to its needs. When the norm is to adapt to nature, civilization forces nature…

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The Mystery of Christmas and the Rest of the Story

December 21, 2015, Dear Friends and Family of the Diocese of Eau Claire, In the midst of the stress of the Christmas rush to decorate, buy presents, and prepare food, there is the phrase from Luke’s Gospel, “Mary pondered these things.” Perhaps Christmas more than anything is about pondering—a pondering of faith. Luke begins his…

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Remembering the American Dream

December 14, 2015, Dear Friends and Family of the Diocese of Eau Claire, The first six months after the attack on Pearl Harbor by Japan was a dark time for our country. Americans watched Japanese soldiers overrun Indochina, the Malay Peninsula, capture Singapore and bomb Darwin, Australia. Most humiliating was Japan’s taking from the United…

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