Pearl Harbor–74th Anniversary

December 7, 2015, Dear Friends and Family of the Diocese of Eau Claire, Seventy-four years ago today the Empire of Japan attacked the United States by sinking or damaging much of the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. As a young ensign who served in Hawaii in the early 1970’s, I learned from the…

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Advent and Luke

November 30, 2015, Dear Friends and Family of the Diocese of Eau Claire, Happy New Year! Yes, the new Church year began yesterday with the first of four Sundays in Advent. Advent means “coming.” It refers not only to Christ’s first coming with Christmas but also his second coming to close out our current historical…

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In Thanksgiving

November 23, 2015, Dear Friends and Family of the Diocese of Eau Claire, As we look forward to Thanksgiving Day, what does it mean to be thankful? Thankfulness is an Anglo-Saxon word that is of German origin. Gratitude is the French and Latin equivalent. Both words are everyday concepts that are appreciative of the goodness,…

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Giving Thanks

November 23, 2015, Dear Friends and Family of the Diocese of Eau Claire, As we look forward to Thanksgiving Day, what does it mean to be thankful? Thankfulness is an Anglo-Saxon word that is of German origin. Gratitude is the French and Latin equivalent. Both words are everyday concepts that are appreciative of the goodness, courtesy, and…

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ISIS and Paris

November 16, 2015, Dear Friends and Family of the Diocese of Eau Claire, I don’t understand ISIS—Islamic State in Syria. Why would anyone join an organization to die? Who are these people? The more I ponder these questions, I no longer think of them as connected to Islam. They use the language of Islam, but…

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About Time

November 9, 2015, Dear Friends and Family of the Diocese of Eau Claire, “Timing is Everything” is a phrase we hear often. Long term, time is our most precious resource. How we use our time through the course of our lives is an indicator of what we have accomplished—or not. I tend to achieve more…

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