A Message from Bishop Barbins

“Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral...

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Christmas Message from Bishop Barbins

For ten long months we have been hearing the same refrain, “Easter will be different this year.” “Graduation will be different this year.” “School will be different this year.” “Elections will be different this year.” “Sports will be different this year.” “Thanks-giving will be different this year.” And here we...

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COVID-19: Important March 16 Update from Bishop Allende

A downloadable PDF of this letter is available here. March 16, 2020   Dear siblings in Christ of the Northeastern Ohio Synod,   Grace and peace in these times of uncertainty from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ!   In my previous letter I stated that decisions about...

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2019 Christmas Message from Bishop Abraham Allende

A CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM BISHOP ALLENDE For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. [Isaiah 9:6 NRSV] The words of the prophet Isaiah were written when the...

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