Tuesday, Dec 29, 2015
Greetings Sisters and Brothers in Jesus Christ:Glad tidings of the season. It has been my prayer that the days of Advent and Christmastide would open us all to a deepened engagement with the God who became flesh in Jesus Christ. I trust it has been so. In a few short hours we will pray the new year in. I have vivid recollections of many New Year's Eve nights spent in church. These memories cover a wide span from childhood to more recent years. The constant acro... (read more)
Wednesday, Dec 16, 2015
 Let There Be Peace on Earth and let it begin with me.Let There Be Peace on Earth, the peace that was meant to be!With God as our Father, brothers all are we.Let me walk with my brother in perfect harmony.Let peace begin with me. Let this be the moment now.With ev'ry breath I take, let this be my solemn vow;To take each moment and live each moment in peace eternally!Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me!*Dear Ones in Christ Jesus:One of my heart... (read more)
Friday, Nov 13, 2015
Dear Ones in Christ Jesus:Almost a year ago the Breakthrough Dashboard underwent a significant re-work and facelift. The hope was to make it more useful to local congregations. The dashboard is a tool to assist local congregations to identify missional goals in several areas and then track their progress toward those goals. I rejoice at the 568 local churches that are actively using the Breakthrough Goals and Dashboard as a tool to keep reflecting on missions a... (read more)
Wednesday, Jul 1, 2015
June 27, 2015Dear colleagues and friends in Christ Jesus:Yesterday the United States Supreme Court issued a long-awaited and important decision regarding same-sex marriage. The decision now makes it legal for same-sex couples to marry throughout the United States. The decision also calls for any legally performed marriage done in one state to be recognized under the law in all states. At the heart of the decision was interpreting the 14th Amendment which guaran... (read more)
Tuesday, Mar 24, 2015
Dear Beloved in Christ:Cynthia and I would like to invite you to join us on a very special journey exploring the life and teachings of the Apostle Paul. This October, we will be visiting the Mediterranean on a tour to experience the very places where Paul witnessed for Christ. Traveling with us will be Bishop John Hopkins and his wife, Elaine, along with other friends from both the East and West Ohio Conferences.Our 12-day Voyages of Paul inspirational journey... (read more)
Wednesday, Feb 18, 2015
Dear ones in Christ Jesus:Fat Tuesday is behind us and we begin another Lenten pilgrimage. You may be observing this season by laying aside or laying down certain habits or practices. You have my encouragement, prayers and support if this is a part of your approach to this season of reflection. Historically fasting among the people of God is one of those “in order that” kind of practices. So if you feel called or compelled to fast, to cease and desist from some... (read more)
Saturday, Dec 20, 2014
Beloved in Christ Jesus:After several hours of being disconnected from news reports today I just sat down (8:00 PM EST December 20, 2014) to catch up. I am tuned in to what you may have been following for several hours, the focus of which is Brooklyn. I am heartsick and crestfallen yet again the vicious cycle of violence holds sway. More lives lost. In the line of duty, in domestic violence, through suicide. There will be more empty chairs at meal tables this w... (read more)
Thursday, Dec 11, 2014
 December 11, 2014Beloved in Christ Jesus:Greetings again in these Advent days of watching and waiting.I want to pick up where I left off in my December 1st love note to you. About halfway through this note I am going to ask you for a very specific action. You may recall my commendation of you for the remarkable ways that you are being church by opening your hearts and lives and reaching into your local communities in response to gun violence. You are doing thi... (read more)
Monday, Dec 1, 2014
December 1, 2014Advent greetings beloved.Thanksgiving 2014 is over with all of the attendant opportunities for great consumption. Whatever needs we have for over-consumption that are not satisfied at the table, the in-person and cyber shopping opportunities are there to pick up the slack. We think it is about the food and the stuff but it is really about relationships and the opportunity to deepen them.And to the extent that we had plenty to eat over the Thanks... (read more)
Tuesday, Nov 11, 2014
 Dear friends in Christ Jesus:I spent November 2-7 in Oklahoma City where the Council of Bishops (COB) met. It was a long haul but I rejoice that at every turn it was bathed in prayer and worship. We engaged in worshipful work.Our first engagement together was a Eucharistic Memorial service where we remembered with thanksgiving the bishops and spouses who have joined the church triumphant since we met a year ago. The gavel was passed to Bishop Warner Brown as P... (read more)