Letter to the Diocese of the Upper Midwest from Bishop Ruch

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July 8, 2021

Throughout my ministry I have sought to live in full submission to the Lord, His Scriptures, and the Church. Significant concerns have been raised about my response to allegations of abuse in our former diocesan congregation, Christ Our Light of Big Rock, Illinois. I understand that my leadership and my handling of these allegations have been called into question.

I want you to be able to trust me as your bishop and pastor. I feel like the best way to walk in integrity now is to step aside as this process moves forward and as efforts are made to serve any survivors of abuse. Therefore, I have requested permission from Archbishop Foley for a temporary leave of absence during the investigation, and he has granted that request, effective today. I am submitting myself to Archbishop Foley and the ACNA leadership. More details will be forthcoming from the Archbishop’s office and the Bishop’s Council (our diocesan board).

I realize this letter may be very difficult for you. I want to express my deep love and affection for this diocese, and my continued trust in the Lord to care for his people. Just like all of you, I’m trusting in Jesus in the days ahead. Katherine and I, and our family, value your prayers.

With much love,

+Stewart
Upper Midwest