A Message from Bishop Paul Erickson on Worship Practices

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…

A Pastoral Letter on these Troubling Times

“Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock! You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh. Stir up your might, and come to save us! Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved. O Lord God of hosts, how long will…

A Pastoral Letter on White Supremacy and Systemic Racism

To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. O my God, in you I trust; do not let me be put to shame; do not let my enemies exult over me. Do not let those who wait for you be put to shame;  let them be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous. Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach…

A Pastoral Letter from Bishop Paul Erickson, Greater Milwaukee Synod, On the Extension of the Safer at Home Executive Order

“We must no longer be children, tossed to and fro and blown about by every wind of doctrine, by people’s trickery, by their craftiness in deceitful scheming. But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and…

A Pastoral Letter from Bishop Erickson Regarding the “Safer at Home” Executive Order

Friends in Christ: While it may seem like a much longer period of time, it has now been two weeks since Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers declared a State Public Health Emergency in response to the spread of a novel coronavirus, now called COVID-19. Since that day, our congregations, our rostered ministers, our lay leaders, and…

A Pastoral Message on the Growing Threat of the Coronavirus

Dear friends in Christ: We are slowly beginning to realize that we are experiencing something unlike anything we have seen in recent years. The spread of the novel Coronavirus, now labeled as a global pandemic by the World Health Organization, has caused many to reevaluate our thoughts and actions. A week ago, I was thinking…

A Pastoral Message from Bishop Erickson

As we have all watched the news recently and seen the spread of a novel coronavirus, COVID- 19, around the world, many people have expressed concerns over this disease and the potential for it to disrupt our normal, daily lives. As the church, we are called to not give into fear, but to equip ourselves…

A Pastoral Message on the Immigration Crisis from Bishop Erickson

A Pastoral Message on the Immigration Crisis Bishop Paul D. Erickson July 11, 2019 (Spanish translation below) Every day, it seems the headlines reveal a new dimension of the ongoing crisis regarding immigrants, asylum-seekers, and refugees. While many of our leaders may want to use these issues to increase their political appeal to their supporters,…