Social Justice Stalwart Installed Bishop

Source: Living Lutheran

Longtime social justice community activist and pastor, Lee M. Miller II installed as the bishop of Upstate New York Synod.

Describing his new role, Miller noted how he felt it, “provided a spiritual wave of energy in affirmation,” he said. “It was a powerful moment to again receive a call through the laying on of hands. I am deeply humbled and grateful for the privilege, a bit terrified, but growing in the excitement of what the Holy Spirit is doing in our midst.”

Elected on June 5th to a six-year term as bishop of the Upstate New York Synod Lutheran Synod, Miller succeeds John S. Macholz, who is the son of former synod bishop Lee Miller.

Prior to his installation, Miller pastored Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Buffalo, New York for nine years. During his tenure he focused on facilitating partnerships between the church and local and global mission partners while engaging in racial justice work to schools and criminal justice reform.

A former conference dean of the Niagara Frontier Conference, Miller led 53 Lutheran congregations to partner agencies in Upstate New York to enhance the work and ministry of the church.

During his first 100 days, he has led out an ambitious ministry program focused on five core areas of discipleship based on an acronym for the word GRACE: Generous love, restorative justice, adaptive leadership, collaboration and experimentation.

“Together, we dream of a church where the transformational love of God activates us in the world to do justice and share joy,” he said.

Source: Living Lutheran