2BP Episode 33: Conversation with Bishop Paul Erickson

Bishop of Greater Milwaukee Synod, ELCA

The Rev. Paul D. Erickson was elected June 4, 2016 to a six-year term as bishop of the Greater Milwaukee Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

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Erickson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn., in 1983 and a Master of Divinity from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago in 1989. He also earned a Doctor of Ministry degree in Congregational Mission and Leadership from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., in 2012.

He returns to the Greater Milwaukee Synod from St. Paul, where he served as the director of Agora, a ministry that works to develop lay leaders for immigrant and multicultural congregations in Minnesota and South Dakota. Erickson grew up in the Greater Milwaukee Synod, where he was a member of St. Matthew’s in Wauwatosa and Bethel in Muskego. From 1993-2003, he served as pastor of Faith/Santa Fe Lutheran Church in Milwaukee, and he was later called as Assistant to the Bishop for Evangelical Mission in the Saint Paul Area Synod, where he served with Bishop Peter Rogness (a former bishop of the Greater Milwaukee Synod) from 2008-2014. He has also served at congregations in Chicago, Ill. and West St. Paul, Minn.

Erickson speaks of his deep love of the ELCA and of the global church, and notes that he has spent much of his ministry working in cross-cultural settings. He also points out the need to find new ways to move forward together as the church, despite our comfort with more familiar approaches to ministry.

Paul and his wife, Lynn (an ELCA pastor serving in West St. Paul, Minn.), have two children: David, 20, and Sarah, 16.

2BP Episode 31: Vote for Justice and Peace

We are living in a difficult time. Next week we are approaching a very important election. We don’t have the answers but we talked about the election and how important Justice and Peace is to our vote.

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Reformation 2016: 499 Years

Welcome to Reformation Sunday Year C. This sermon was preached at Faith Lutheran Church in Gardner, MA. On this day we celebrate the heart of our faith: the gospel of Christ—the good news—that makes us free! We pray that the Holy Spirit would continue to unite the church today in its proclamation and witness to the world. In the waters of baptism we are made one body; we pray for the day that all Christians will also be one at the Lord’s table. The scripture readings for the day are Jeremiah 31:31-34Psalm 46Romans 3:19-28John 8:31-36

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Pentecost 21: State of Faith

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Welcome to the Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost Year C. This sermon was preached at Faith Lutheran Church in Gardner, MA.  Life is filled of unexpected blessings and miracles, signs of how God is active and alive and present in our world and in our lives when we are open and receptive to the possibilities. We hear, read about, and experience healing. Fragile relationships are restored. Hope is experienced in profound ways. The scripture readings for the day are 2 Kings 5:1-3, 7-15cPsalm 1112 Timothy 2:8-15  and Luke 17:11-19.

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