from Assembly minutes
An election for Bishop took place during the June 2-4, 2016 Synod Assembly at Carthage College. Thank you to all who participated. Many thanks to those who responded to the Spirit’s call to participate as nominees for the office of Bishop. We are deeply blessed by your faithful witness to the Gospel, your vision for the future of God’s church, and your dedicated ministry. May the Spirit continue to inspire and uplift you.
With joy and gratitude, the synod announces that The Rev. Dr. Paul Erickson, Director of Agora, St. Paul, is Bishop-Elect of the Greater Milwaukee Synod, elected on the fifth ballot.
In remarks to the assembly, Rev. Erickson began by explaining his work with lay leaders for immigrant and multi-cultural communities in Minnesota and South Dakota in the context of the Walk to Emmaus. The Walk explains how God’s plan is unfolding, with eyes opening and people filled with hope. This is, he said, the promise and the challenge that lies with us. “How do we proclaim the power of love in a community filled with fear? How do we walk the Easter road together?” The answers lie, Rev. Erickson said, in getting to know our neighbors, building relationships, listening to new voices, praying and loving. We need to walk together and apply what we know to our own communities. “Lift up new leaders for communities of radical inclusion and hope. Make God’s love real. This is an Easter road that we walk.” We cannot hold on to what we have, but must let it go. Bring about God’s reign of justice. “Walk the road together, with Christ in our midst.”