Make no mistake. I love being your bishop. It is something I have regarded from the beginning as a great privilege and a great trust.

I received a call from Pastor Lisa Bates-Froiland this morning. She and Mary Campbell have been in El Salvador for the past week, where they had a chance to visit personally and pray with Pastor Norma. Lisa encouraged me to widen the circle of prayer for Pastor Norma to include the whole synod. Many of…

For the past five years, Pastor Chuck Brummond has served faithfully as our synod’s Director of Rostered Leaders,  offering his wisdom gained over 30 years of ministry including his experience as a trained interim pastor. During his time on staff, he has not only coordinated transitions for our congregations and leaders, he has often been…

Easter for me is not about colored eggs and chocolate bunnies. Easter is about a place called hope.

Thanksgiving begins a time set apart to celebrate the relationships which surround us

I am pleased to announce this update for the Greater Milwaukee Synod staff. Pastor Chuck Brummond decided he’d like to return to interim ministry last spring. After a long period of discernment, he has chosen to remain on synod staff part time. I am so pleased about this. Chuck’s grasp of congregational transitions, candidacy, and…

I was privileged to be at the federal courthouse in Milwaukee last Friday

Dear People of the Greater Milwaukee Synod: Resolution 2 from our Synod Assembly states that “Resolved, that the Synod Council be directed to develop a policy and procedure to handle the proceeds from the sale of property that will identify How to receive and hold these monies How to discern, evaluate and select new, creative…

2013 marks a number of special 50th anniversaries, including the assassination of John F Kennedy (Nov.) and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr`s “I have a dream” speech (Dec.) However, this marks a year of many other significant events of the civil rights movement. One that certainly should not be missed is MLK`s “Letter from a…

Like so many of you, I am shocked and deeply saddened by the news of the senseless killings at the Sikh temple today. These tragedies happen with increasing frequency in a world where ignorance, fear and hatred seem to have their way far too often. Let us NEVER become complacent about about such events. They…

There are so many positive things to be shared about the 2012 ELCA National Youth Gathering in New Orleans…

A person tends to forget a lot of things that happened when you were four, but to this day I remember vividly the excruciating journey down the block…

This is not a raffle ticket

Stewardship can be fun! Learn about our first annual 50/50 this-is-not-a-raffle from Bishop Jeff

One of the key elements of global partnership is shared worship and mutual prayer. On April 22, 2012 please set aside a time of prayer and reflection for our brothers and sisters in Christ in the diocese of Meru.

Christmas is probably my favorite holiday, not because it is so terribly perfect, but instead because it is so terribly flawed.

We are a church able to do more together than we are as individual congregations. Here is how you can join me in continuing support of the work of the church…

Reflection Written by Bishop Jeff For adolescent males growing up in Billings, Montana, there were really two bibles. There was the original, the one with the 10 Commandments, the one that made you blush and the rest of the class snicker if you got stuck reading a verse with the biblical wood that began with sh-,…

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