Feast Days with Bishop Skip | Saint Mary the Virgin

“O higher than the cherubim, more glorious than the seraphim, lead their praises, Alleluia!”  Many do not realize that these words beginning the second verse of hymn 618 in The Hymnal 1982 refer to Mary, the mother of Jesus.  The verse continues, “Thou bearer of the eternal Word, most gracious, magnify the Lord…”  This magnificent […]

Feast Days with Bishop Skip | Mary Magadalene

When one reads the scriptural record of this woman of faith, the negative ascriptions given to her over the centuries are quite astonishing, even puzzling.  One wonders if there is not some kind of latent sexism at play here.

A Word from Bishop Hougland | Goodbye and a Blessing

Hi, my friends in Eastern and Western Michigan, it’s Whayne Hougland here. As you know, a week ago I resigned as your Bishop. It was not a decision that was made easily or lightly, but, was done prayerfully and intentionally after a lot of discernment.

Feast Days with Bishop Skip | Independence Day

When at our best, we have been an example of liberty to many over the last 245 years.  We are still working on living into what we say are our ideals as a country, calling us to be open-hearted enough to be able to hear faithful and prophetic critique when what we do as a nation is in conflict with the Gospel.

Feast Days with Bishop Skip | St. Peter & St. Paul

Why is it that these two giants of the Christian faith are bundled on one feast day?  Yes, they are remembered on other days in the Church’s calendar; Paul for his conversion and Peter for his confession.   But, why this day?


We are told in the Acts of the Apostles, so aptly named, that Barnabas “was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith.”  I am not sure there is any greater thing that could be said of someone.