Veninga Lecture: Memoirs of a Homeless Bishop

Time: 7:00 PM

Location: UW Center for Civic Engagement, James F. Veninga Theater
Address: 625 Stewart Avenue, Wausau WI

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Bishop Geralyn Wolf was only the second woman in U.S. Episcopal Church history to be ordained a bishop. She was also the first bishop to let her hair down (literally), lose the trappings of comfort and security and be homeless for a month – on the streets of Providence, Rhode Island.

Why did she expose herself to the physically and mentally harsh realities of life on the streets? And how did it change her? Find out at the first Veninga Lecture on Religion and Society of 2017:

She will share her experiences and insights from her book, “Down and Out in Providence: Memoirs of a Homeless Bishop,” and challenge us to examine our own reactions to the more vulnerable members of our community. Autographed copies of Bishop Wolf’s books will be for sale at the event.

Serving 17 years as bishop in the Diocese of Rhode Island, Bishop Wolf has done extensive work in urban ministry, especially with soup kitchens, thrift shops and the homeless. Her book details what she experienced as a homeless person.

This presentation is made possible through the support of the B.A. & Esther Greenheck Foundation, Bremer and Trollop Law Offices, UW-Marathon County, Mark and Anne Bradley, Chris and Paul Bremer Muggli and Linda and Lane Ware.

Any donations of travel/sample-size toiletries, individually wrapped granola bars and bus tokens brought to this event will be distributed to the homeless in Wausau.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, email us at or call 715-261-6368.

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