“And they said nothing to anyone because they were afraid . . . . (Mark 16:8)
So ends Mark’s Gospel and his account of the resurrection of Jesus. Scholars admit it is a curious ending. In the Greek it ends with a subjunctive which has led many scholars to think that the earliest manuscripts may have been damaged. Other early texts of Mark have alternate endings but neither are viewed by the best scholarship as the original.
The Task Force on Canon 28 needs your feedback to improve the current draft
A task force formed by the actions of the 2016 Diocesan Convention has been charged with the work of reimagining and rewriting a section of Canon 28 - “Of Congregations” to better create a structure by which parishes contending with structural, financial or ministry issues might be better supported by the Diocese in renewing or improving their status.
The Diocese of Milwaukee is committed to racial healing, reconciliation, and justice.
Last year we began our work to become a beloved community by reading Just Mercy
by Bryan Stevenson. We are continuing our efforts this year with another diocesan-wide
book study of Waking Up White by Debby Irving.
We share in the grief and horror of people across our country and, indeed, around the world in the wake of last night’s mass shooting in Las Vegas. We have spoken with our Bishops United Against Gun Violence colleague and brother in Christ, Bishop Dan Edwards of the Episcopal Diocese of Nevada, and we have offered him and the people of Nevada our prayers and promises of assistance. We stand in solidarity with the diocese and the people of Nevada as they cope with this massacre.
Lo! he comes, on clouds descending, once for our salvation slain; Thousand, thousand saints attending swell the triumph of his train: Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Christ the Lord returns to reign.
(Hymn 57 The Hymnal 1982)
Dear Friends in Christ,
Advent greetings to each and every one of you. Before I begin this reflection, allow me a moment to thank you for your cards and prayers as I continue to recover from shoulder surgery last month. I am making good progress and expect to be back in the office later this month and to celebrate the principal service at the Cathedral on Christmas Eve.
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“Mild, he lays his glory by born that man no more may die
Born to raise the sons of earth born to give them second birth
Risen with healing in his wings light and life to all he brings
Hall thou Sun of Righteousness, Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace
Hark! The Herald angels sing, “Glory to the new born king.”
(Charles Wesley, 1739. The Hymnal 1940, Hymn # 27)
Dear Friends in Christ,
For me, as I imagine for many of you, it is the hymns of Christmas that speak deeply to my sacred memory. Each Christmas as I sing the hymns that I have known and sung since childhood, I am reminded of the faithful who have accompanied me on the journey of faith. I cannot sing “Joy to the World” without a part of me being the 10 year old boy singing between my father and grandfather in a little church in Rose City, Michigan. Each time I sing ”O come all ye faithful,” I see the face of a former senior warden at the first church I served in Virginia, coming in with gusto on the bass line, “0 come let us adore him. CONTINUE READIDNG
The Kingdom of God begins to break through . . .
A pastoral letter from Bishop Steven Miller in remembrance of Orlando
Dear Friends in Christ,
We woke Sunday morning to the news of yet another mass shooting. While listening to the news as I drove to my visitation in Portage, I heard the announcement that the number of those killed had risen to 50, making it the largest mass shooting in recorded American history.
The Diocese of Milwaukee offers two resources to its parishes for use in their weekly services. In the spirit of building community, all parishes are encouraged to use both resources beginning in Advent 2014 so that all voices are lifted together as we offer these prayers, week by week.
The Diocese of Milwaukee's deputation to the 2015 General Convention (GC) join Bishop Miller in inviting you to inform yourself about the work of this year's General Convention, which meets in Salt Lake City June 25 - July 03. Click on "Read More" below to check out links to the deputation's website and Facebook Page!
Click on the "Read More" link below to participate in Bishop Steven Miller's Lenten Study Program. The program will take place at 7pm on Thursdays during Lent and focuses on the passion narrative in the Gospels.