Since the news has reached us about the evacuation of people from Afghanistan, many members of the Greater Milwaukee Synod have been asking the Immigration and Refugee Task Force how they can help the Evacuees from Afghanistan who are at Fort McCoy, and those who might eventually resettle in our area. The most important thing you…

The Synod Council and Conference Deans are excited about the opportunity to meet together as conference congregations in person over the next month to reflect on who we are as God’s people together in our Greater Milwaukee Synod. When a congregation seeks a new pastor, they begin with conversations about identity, mission, and purpose before…

As the situation in Afghanistan continues to unfold, here are some tangible ways to respond: Learn about the Afghan refugee crisis in Wisconsin: Statement from the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee, co-signed by Bishop Erickson VIDEO (12 min.): “WCC Wednesday – Afghan Refugees in Wisconsin” featuring Rev. Kelly Nieman Anderson, GMS Immigration & Refugee Task Force…

Dear Colleagues, As we all navigate the ever-changing landscapes in our world right now, we do so together as the body of Christ. Every day, we are learning more about the effects of the Delta variant of COVID-19, and so we are encouraging congregations to continue to pay attention to the guidance provided by our…

Like many of you, I anxiously awaited the results in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. When the guilty verdicts came in on Tuesday, I breathed a sigh of relief. While I was well aware that such verdicts shouldn’t be this rare, I was grateful that there was at least this small…

The Greater Milwaukee Synod is releasing a video worship service for optional use in congregations on Sunday, April 11. Reflecting on the “Doubting Thomas” passage from John 20, we will contemplate how God meets us both in our times of doubt and in unexpected ways that surprise us– all is a part of the journey of faith….

Our annual Synod Assembly will be held Friday evening, April 30 and Saturday, May 1, 2021 on the Zoom webinar platform with a livestream viewing option for non-voting guests and visitors. Registration will open next week, and we encourage you to register your voting members as soon as possible. Due to our virtual platform and…

Friends in Christ: As we pass the one-year anniversary of the first case of COVID-19 in the United States, it’s safe to say that most, if not all, of us are weary from the many changes and restrictions the pandemic has brought about. Our congregations, communities, and leaders have worked diligently and tirelessly to find…

Siblings in Christ: Events of recent days have been incredibly hard and painful to watch. First, the decision by the Kenosha County District Attorney not to file charges against the officer who shot Jacob Blake seven times in August was widely anticipated and, for many, deeply disappointing. While many feared a resurgence of the violent…

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness— on them light has shined.” (Isaiah 9:2) To be honest, I was a bit disappointed this week, seeing videos and photos being shared of the “Christmas star” (the rare conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn on the…

The Greater Milwaukee Synod has released two worship videos for possible use in congregations on Sunday, December 27 and Sunday, January 3. The services are approximately 30 minutes in length and are available on YouTube and Facebook. We hope these videos will provide an opportunity for pastors, deacons, and worship leaders to have a brief…

Over the internet, through the Zoom To grandmother’s house we go; This Thanksgiving Day, we’ll just have to pray Our Wi-Fi sees us through. Over the internet, through the Zoom It’s how this year must go! We’ll all stay home, we dare not roam, As COVID is making it so. (with apologies to Lydia Maria…

Friends in Christ, On October 8, in response to Gov. Evers’ executive order limiting the size of gatherings in Wisconsin, I released a message stating, “While religious organizations are legally exempt from this order, I am strongly urging all our congregations to refrain from gathering indoors for worship and other activities until mid-November at the…

Dear friends in Christ: As we continue to await the final results of this expensive and exhausting election season, I’m writing to remind us all of a few essential truths that I pray will guide us as we engage in the difficult work that is before us. First, we need to honor and trust the…

Friends in Christ, In recent weeks we have experienced a significant increase in COVID-19 positive test results, hospitalizations, and deaths. In response, our governor has issued an executive order limiting the size of indoor gatherings. While religious organizations are legally exempt from this order, I am strongly urging all our congregations to refrain from gathering indoors for…

Dear Hunger Justice ministries of the Greater Milwaukee Synod, We have two pieces of good news to share! 1. Our colleagues at ELCA World Hunger have announced another round of Daily Bread Matching Grants. To refresh your memory, these Matching Grants of $500 were paired with access to an online fundraising platform which has the…

As the weather turns colder and the pandemic continues to restrict our ability to gather for worship and other activities, we recognize that congregations are revisiting decisions previously made about when and how to gather safely. As we do this, I’d like to lift up several things for consideration. Engage in conversations with curiosity and…

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