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  • Church of England dioceses approve female bishops

    05/23/2014 12:27:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 23, 2014 12:38 PM EDT
    The Church of England says all its dioceses have voted to let women serve as bishops, leaving just one major hurdle to changing centuries of church practice. The issue has long divided the Anglican Communion, a Christian denomination with more than 80 million adherents worldwide. …
  • Episcopal bishop says he was denied entrance to Catholic archbishop's installation Mass

    10/09/2012 7:56:10 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 10 replies
    Christian Century ^ | Oct 7 2012 | Kevin Eckstrom
    What started off as a rocky relationship between the Episcopal and Roman Catholic bishops of San Francisco got even worse on Thursday (Oct. 4) when Episcopal Bishop Marc Andrus said he was denied entrance to the installation Mass of the new Roman Catholic archbishop. Andrus said he arrived at St. Mary's Cathedral 30 minutes before the installation Mass of Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone was scheduled to start, but was kept in a holding area with an employee of the Catholic archdiocese until after the service started. After other local clergy had processed in for the 2 p.m. Mass, Andrus said the...
  • Episcopal Church promotes the “T” in LGBT equation

    08/08/2012 10:46:05 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 28 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 30 2012 | Becky Garrison
    Commentators at the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times may decry the Episcopal Church as a place offering pet funerals but nothing for the faithful or failing to provide anything one cannot get from purely secular liberalism. These traditionalists appear to bemoan the loss of a 1950s-era church that promoted an Eisenhower-era civil religion replete with the cross draped in the American flag. While they wax nostalgia over a past that largely existed only in TV Land,.the Episcopal Church made history at its 77th triennial General Convention by passing two gender nondiscrimination resolutions. Led by a grassroots coalition...
  • New Episcopal bishop's debut: Marching for Trayvon

    04/10/2012 8:27:22 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 7 replies
    orlandosentinel.com ^ | March 30, 2102 | Jeff Kunerth
    Two days after he was consecrated as bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida, Gregory Brewer was marching Monday with the crowd demanding justice for Trayvon Martin. He was the only white clergyman to address the Sanford City Commission inside the Civic Center that evening, urging city leaders to address the concerns of the black community. "I thought it was very courageous," said Andy Searles, a pastor with Aloma United Methodist Church in Winter Park. "It would have been very easy for him to sit in his office and organize the paperwork on his desk, but he made a...
  • ELCA Presiding Bishop Responds to Veto of Resolution on Israeli Settlements

    02/18/2011 8:32:41 PM PST · by lightman · 14 replies
    ELCA News Service ^ | 18 February AD 2011 | John Brooks
    ELCA Presiding Bishop Responds to Veto of Resolution on Israeli Settlements 11-019-JB CHICAGO (ELCA) -- The Rev. Mark S. Hanson, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, said he is "dismayed" the U.S. government today vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution that called on Israel to stop illegal construction of settlements on Palestinian land. The U.S. veto stopped the resolution, which had the backing of 14 other members of the U.N. Security Council. "I now am concerned that this action will increase a despondent mood about the future of such talks and will possibly strengthen extremist voices in...
  • Bishop: ELCA is doing well despite challenges

    12/10/2010 8:23:37 PM PST · by SmithL · 21 replies
    Standard-Examiner (Ogden, UT) ^ | 12/10/10 | JaNae Francis
    OGDEN -- There may be some congregations that are leaving the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America for other Lutheran sects, but the state of the church is good, even locally. This was the message Sunday delivered by Bishop Allan Bjornberg of the Rocky Mountain ELCA Synod when he paid a visit to Ogden's Elim Evangelical Lutheran Church. The Rocky Mountain Synod includes 175 congregations in Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and El Paso, Texas. He is currently chair of the ELCA Conference of Bishops. Bjornberg said the synod continues to open new congregations. "There are always more opportunities than there...
  • Episcopalians react with sadness to the retirement of Bishop Gene Robinson

    11/07/2010 12:58:02 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 27 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | Nov. 7, 2010 | Kathy McCabe and Eric Moskowitz
    Across the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire, congregants and clergy today reacted with heavy hearts to word that Bishop V. Gene Robinson is retiring. Robinson, 63, whose consecration seven years ago as the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church divided the Anglican Communion worldwide, yesterday announced at the annual convention of the New Hampshire diocese that he plans to retire in January 2013, short of the mandatory 72-year-old retirement age for Episcopal bishops. He cited death threats and the considerable strain that the worldwide rift has placed on him, his family, and the church.
  • Congregation takes step to rejoin ELCA

    07/30/2010 7:46:23 AM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies
    Earlier this year, two congregations expelled from the ELCA in the 1990s for welcoming gay pastors, received an invitation to rejoin the denomination. One of those congregations — St. Francis Lutheran Church in San Francisco — voted 69-1 this week to begin the process, according to the head of Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries, or ELM.The other congregation is First United Lutheran Church, also in San Franciso. Both congregations are in the boundaries of the Sierra Pacific Synod.“These two congregations issued calls to openly gay and lesbian pastors in 1990, beginning a chain of events that led the ELCA to where it is today,”...
  • Anglicans cut Episcopalians from ecumenical bodies

    06/08/2010 10:25:38 AM PDT · by SmithL · 13 replies · 49+ views
    LONDON, CA (AP) -- The Anglican Communion has suspended U.S. Episcopalians from serving on some interfaith bodies because of the election of a lesbian as a bishop in California. The U.S. church opened a rift in the global communion, and within its own ranks, seven years ago by electing a gay man, V. Gene Robinson, as bishop of New Hampshire. Conservative African Anglicans have taken a lead in opposing moves in the United States and Canada to promote gays and to bless homosexual relationships.
  • 'Father Oprah' now a South Florida Episcopal priest and becoming father from marriage

    05/31/2010 12:13:57 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 15 replies · 596+ views
    AP ^ | May 31, 2010
    Miami -- A Miami priest who left the Catholic Church after photos surfaced of him kissing his girlfriend on the beach has been ordained as an Episcopal priest. Alberto Cutie, known as "Father Oprah," has since married Ruhama Canellis and the two are expecting a baby.
  • ELCA Seminary Teaching: Read It and Weep -- Part 1

    05/12/2010 8:34:19 PM PDT · by rhema · 18 replies · 363+ views
    Exposing the ELCA.com ^ | 5/12/10 | Dan Skogen
    Dr. David J. Lull, Professor of New Testament at Wartburg Theological Seminary gave a series of lectures in January 2010 titled, "Preaching Lent and Easter." It is amazing what ELCA pastors are being taught by our seminaries. For all of my life I thought Jesus died for my sins. Thankfully Dr. Lull set me and the 2000 years of Christian teachers and believers straight. Here is what Dr. Lull teaches. "Jesus did not have to die as a condition of God’s forgiveness of sins. Mark knew that Jesus knew that God had always forgiven the sins of “many/all,” and that...
  • { ELCS } Lutheran bishops to welcome gay clergy

    03/12/2010 7:55:33 AM PST · by SmithL · 7 replies · 326+ views
    National Catholic Register ^ | 3/12/10 | Daniel Burke, Religion News Service
    Bishops in the nation's largest Lutheran denomination have approved preliminary steps to welcome a group of openly gay and lesbian ministers as official clergy with new liturgical rites. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Conference of Bishops approved a draft proposal on Monday (March 8) for the new rites, which include prayers and the laying on of hands by the local bishop, according to the denomination's news service. The proposal only applies to 17 pastors who had followed normal ELCA procedures for education and ordination, but remained barred from the denomination's official clergy roster because of their sexuality. The clergy...
  • { ELCA } A house divided

    02/21/2010 1:44:48 PM PST · by SmithL · 20 replies · 422+ views
    The Herald (Puyallup, WA) ^ | 2/21/10 | Joan Cronk
    If Pastor John Vaswig or Pastor Kim Latterell were to leave their East Pierce County Lutheran churches, their congregations could replace them with a gay or lesbian clergy member. In August 2009, the church-wide assembly of the Ecumenical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) voted to allow churches to call pastors who are in a committed, same-gender relationships to head up their congregations. Many other important issues were discussed and voted on at the assembly meeting in Minneapolis, but this decision is the one that generated the most interest. John Brooks, spokesman for the ELCA, said that most of the churches...
  • Episcopal rival sues for Anglican church's assets

    02/12/2010 1:52:38 PM PST · by SmithL · 7 replies · 297+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 2/12/10 | Sue Nowicki - Modesto Bee
    MODESTO – The Episcopal-Anglican battle in Stanislaus County got very personal this week when the Episcopal faction filed a lawsuit against St. Francis Anglican Church in Turlock seeking control of the its assets. The suit was filed Monday in Stanislaus Superior Court by the Rev. Jerry Lamb, bishop of the Modesto-based Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin. It names the Rev. Gerald "Gerry" Grossman and nine members of the church's vestry, or ruling body, as well as the St. Francis parish as defendants. St. Francis is the first parish in the diocese to face an individual lawsuit in the dispute that...
  • Crew of 9 at Episcopal Church Center abruptly fired (Hypocrisy ALERT)

    02/07/2010 3:57:29 PM PST · by hiho hiho · 33 replies · 1,061+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | February 7th 2010 | Albor Ruiz
    They worked for years cleaning and maintaining the Episcopal Church Center in midtown Manhattan. But after they were fired on Dec. 30, nine hard-working people are in desperate need of divine intervention. "We came to work on Dec. 30 as every day, hoping to leave a little earlier to celebrate the new year," said Bronx native Héctor Miranda, a father of three. "But when we got to the building we were told that we no longer worked there. Just like that. They picked the date well to fire us." Now, without the means to support his family, Miranda has no...
  • Anglicans going to Rome are not "proper Catholics"

    02/07/2010 12:01:41 PM PST · by NYer · 46 replies · 548+ views
    BBC ^ | February 6, 2010 | William Crawley
    The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, says those Anglicans who respond to Pope Benedict's invitation to join the Catholic Church under the provisions of the new Apostolic Constitution, would not be "proper Catholics". You can listen to the interview in full on this week's Sunday Sequence (Sunday, from 8.30am). In the same interview, Dr Sentamu also called for the banning of the British National Party and says he is "surprised that Parliament doesn't want to do it." He also says he has "every hope" that [Robert] Mugabe will be gone very soon." Here's part of the exchange I had...
  • { ELCA } Bishop finds understanding in Mideast

    01/22/2010 9:09:43 AM PST · by SmithL · 3 replies · 203+ views
    Patriot-News (PA) ^ | 1/22/10 | JEREMY LONG
    The tensions in the Middle East date back centuries, are complicated and at times have turned violent. In December, a group of nine bishops, including the Rev. B. Penrose Hoover, bishop of the Lower Susquehanna Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, traveled to Israel and the West Bank for 10 days to gain a better understanding of the conflict and to spend time with Lutherans there. It was the second trip the ELCA planned. The first trip, dubbed the "Bishops' Academy I," took place last January as fighting between the Palestinians and Israelis raged in the Gaza strip....
  • Lutherans Nationwide Wrestle with Staying in, Leaving ELCA

    01/15/2010 3:58:30 PM PST · by rhema · 15 replies · 796+ views
    Christian Post ^ | Jan. 15, 2010 | Lillian Kwon
    The South Dakota bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America said he has no plans of leading his synod out of the denomination over last year's pro-gay actions. That's not to say he's content with the national body. "This is not the first time I have been upset with the church," the Rev. David Zellmer told local Lutherans Thursday at First Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, according to the Argus Leader. Since last week, Zellmer has been hosting "conversations" at several Lutheran congregations to reflect on the actions of the 2009 Churchwide Assembly and their implications. Thursday's meeting was...
  • Bishop: S.D. Synod Won't Split Over ELCA Gay Vote

    01/15/2010 2:28:03 PM PST · by SmithL · 6 replies · 548+ views
    AP via WCCO ^ | 1/15/10
    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) ― [Click to zoom.] Click to enlarge 1 of 1 ELCA convention delegates in August voted to lift a ban prohibiting gay and lesbian pastors who were not celibate from serving as clergy. (File) AP Close numSlides of totalImages Related Links * Read The Latest Local News * Read The Latest Political News The bishop of the South Dakota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America says seven congregations in the state have taken initial steps toward leaving the country's largest Lutheran denomination over its policy to allow gay clergy. The Rev. David Zellmer says...
  • ELCA Attacking Christians as Anti-Semitic

    01/15/2010 11:45:06 AM PST · by Enought · 7 replies · 579+ views
    Exposing the ELCA ^ | 1/15/2010 | Dan Skogen
    The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is on the attack. And they will let nothing get in the way of their goal, a nation called Palestine, with Jerusalem as it's capital. They are shameless. The ELCA is now on the attack against Christians that care for and support Israel. Presiding ELCA bishop Mark Hanson says the support of Israel by Christians “ . . . is a dangerous and radical political movement.” The ELCA has websites and brochures denouncing them. The ELCA gathered with other like-minded mainline denominations, not to long ago, to find ways to combat these Christians. The...
  • Church group says Zion ELCA vote fell short

    01/09/2010 10:22:44 PM PST · by SmithL · 18 replies · 980+ views
    Globe Gazette (Mason City, IA) ^ | 1/9/10 | Laura Bird
    CLEAR LAKE — The Northeastern Iowa Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is disputing Zion Lutheran Church’s vote in December to leave the denomination. In a news release on Friday Rev. Steven L. Ullestad, bishop of the Northeastern Iowa Synod ELCA, declared that the two-thirds vote needed was not achieved. The December vote at Zion came in reaction to a resolution adopted by the ELCA Churchwide Assembly in August that would allow gay pastors in a committed relationship to serve congregations. Prior to that, gay pastors had to commit to being celibate in order to serve. According to...
  • ELCA Publisher's Board Terminates Defined Benefit Retirement Plan

    01/04/2010 7:44:16 PM PST · by lightman · 7 replies · 562+ views
    ELCA News Service ^ | 4 January AD 2010 | John Brooks
    ELCA Publisher's Board Terminates Defined Benefit Retirement Plan 10-001-JB CHICAGO (ELCA) -- Augsburg Fortress, the publishing ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), announced in a Dec. 31, 2009, letter to participants that it will terminate its defined benefit retirement plan effective March 5. The action, approved by the board of trustees of Augsburg Fortress Dec. 18, affects 500 plan participants. Not affected by the decision is the company's current retirement plan -- a defined contribution plan -- in which Augsburg Fortress' current employees can participate. That plan is a 403b plan "common for non-profit organizations," according to...
  • San Francisco Lutheran Congregation to Celebrate First 'Feast of Hope'

    12/24/2009 8:22:04 PM PST · by SmithL · 8 replies · 544+ views
    St. Francis Lutheran Church, San Francisco, will celebrate its first "Feast of Hope" worship Dec. 27, in celebration of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Churchwide Assembly decision directing changes in ministry policies. The Rev. Anita Hill, pastor of St. Paul-Reformation Church, Minneapolis, will serve as guest preacher. Since 1995 the congregation has held a "Feast of Expulsion" in late December, commemorating the date when the congregation was expelled from the ELCA, according to a news release from the congregation. On Dec. 31, 1995 St. Francis was removed from the ELCA's roster of congregations for calling ministers in same-gender...
  • Rising from the ashes [

    12/18/2009 12:51:25 PM PST · by rhema · 5 replies · 553+ views
    WORLD ^ | December 18, 2009 | Warren Cole Smith
    According to numbers released in December by the Episcopal Church, that denomination’s membership dropped by 3 percent in 2008. That doesn’t sound like much, but I am a bit of a demographics junkie, plus I researched and examined a lot of church membership and growth data in writing my book A Lover’s Quarrel With The Evangelical Church. I can tell you that I have never heard of a major denomination that has ever lost 3 percent of its membership in a single year. What’s even more interesting about these numbers is that the Episcopal Church now says it has only...
  • "Progressive" New Zealand Church Offends Christians Worldwide

    12/17/2009 10:08:35 AM PST · by Teófilo · 12 replies · 622+ views
    Folks, I stumbled upon this article published by the BBC. I invite you to read it. I won't republish it due to its prurient subject matter, and out of a sense of decorum and respect for Our Lord, His Mother, and his earthly father, Joseph. Read it carefully and then contact this "church" here and let them know what you think. This is what I told Glynn Cardy, the pastor:Dear Reverend Cardy: I've just read a news report published in the BBC website about your billboard distorting the meaning of Christ's virginal conception and mangling the marriage and family life...
  • Bishop's Article: Northeastern Ohio Synod

    12/15/2009 6:56:36 PM PST · by lightman · 10 replies · 476+ views
    Northeast Ohio Synod, ELCA ^ | 15 December AD 2009 | Bishop Elizabeth Eaton
    From NE Ohio December newsletter - Bishop's Article: On December third we held a special meeting of the synod council, deans, committee chairs and synod staff to take a look at the projected $250,000-$400,000 deficit for fiscal year 2010-11. Since a $400,000 deficit is a jaw-dropping number to me, I wanted advice on how to carry out the ministry that we do together as a synod. The short-term solution is to reduce hours and compensation for the entire staff. Developing a long-term solution is going to take a lot more work. I have had many people who are quick to...
  • Six area churches voted to leave ELCA

    12/07/2009 7:36:15 AM PST · by SmithL · 4 replies · 530+ views
    Shawano Leader (WI) ^ | 12/7/9 | Kent Tempus, Leader editor
    Six area churches in the Wolf River Region have voted in recent weeks to sever ties with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Two other churches have votes coming up, said the Rev. John Justman, bishop of the East-Central Synod of the ELCA in Appleton. All eight of the churches are in either Waupaca or Oconto counties. Justman said he thinks several of the churches will eventually leave the ELCA. “It makes me sad — they’re all special, and they’ve been good partners,” he said. “And if they do leave, we will wish them well. There’ll be sad feelings, not...
  • Mary Glasspool, active homosexual, elected bishop of LA

    12/05/2009 2:56:43 PM PST · by qwertyz · 20 replies · 1,367+ views
    Stand Firm ^ | 12/05/09
    BREAKING: Diocese of Los Angeles Elects Non-Celibate Lesbian As Suffragan Bishop
  • Christmas 2009: A Message from ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson

    12/03/2009 1:31:47 PM PST · by lightman · 11 replies · 414+ views
    ELCA News Service ^ | 3 December 2009 | Mark S. Hanson
    Christmas 2009: A Message from ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson "But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us..." (Titus 3:4-5a). Into this shadowed world light shines and joyous voices sing. Glad tidings cheer the heart and liberate hope. "A child has been born for us, a son given to us" (Isaiah 9:6). God our Savior has appeared! God's saving goodness and loving kindness have arrived in Jesus, the Word made flesh. Though hidden in the humility of a manger, and later in the scandal of the cross, God's promise is being made...
  • Episcopal role OK’d in gays’ weddings

    11/29/2009 9:48:43 PM PST · by Fractal Trader · 30 replies · 1,532+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 30 November 2009 | Michael Paulson
    Five years after same-sex marriage became legal in Massachusetts, the local Episcopal bishop yesterday gave permission for priests in Eastern Massachusetts to officiate at same-sex weddings. The decision by Bishop M. Thomas Shaw III was immediately welcomed by advocates of gay rights in the Episcopal Church, who have chafed at local rules that allowed priests to bless same-sex couples, but not sign the documents that would solemnize their marriages. The decision is likely to exacerbate tensions in the Episcopal Church and the global denomination to which it belongs, the Anglican Communion, which has faced significant division in the wake of...
  • Lutherans to Observe World AIDS Day Dec. 1

    11/23/2009 3:10:20 PM PST · by lightman · 9 replies · 610+ views
    ELCA News Service ^ | 23 November AD 2009 | Staff
    Lutherans to Observe World AIDS Day Dec. 1 WASHINGTON (ELCA) -- Every nine and a half minutes a person in the United States becomes infected with HIV, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta. Globally, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS estimates the number of people infected with the virus is 33 million. On the weekend before or after World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) are invited to participate in a worship service, event or advocacy activity, and to remember and demonstrate support for people living with and...
  • LC/NA responds with sadness to the idea of a new Lutheran body... [BARF Alert]

    11/20/2009 7:23:27 AM PST · by lightman · 10 replies · 479+ views
    Lutherans Concerned North America ^ | 19 November AD 2009 | Emily Eastwood
    Lutherans Concerned / North America (LC/NA) responded with sadness to yesterday's announcement proposing a new church body to be formed by and for former ELCA members and congregations opposing the full inclusion of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities in the life of the church. In August 2009, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, by a 2/3 majority, passed a social statement on sexuality. The statement, "Human Sexuality: Gift and Trust" described as faithful four positions on beliefs within the denomination on the inclusion of people in same-gender relationships. The four positions ranged from the view that same-gender...
  • Objectors to ELCA’s approval of homosexual clergy begin plans for new Lutheran denomination

    11/20/2009 8:48:07 AM PST · by NYer · 16 replies · 708+ views
    cna ^ | November 20, 2009
    Minneapolis, Minn., Nov 20, 2009 / 03:54 am (CNA).- Following the decision of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) to allow sexually active homosexual clergy, an objecting Lutheran group has begun to form a new church body for those Lutherans who want to “remain faithful to the Orthodox Christianity of the last 2,000 years.”Lutheran CORE leaders on Wednesday said their working group would immediately begin drafting a constitution and taking other steps to form the new denomination. They hope to launch the denomination by next August.Rev. Paull Spring, a retired Pennsylvania ELCA bishop and chairman of Lutheran CORE said...
  • Open Letter to ELCA Members

    11/19/2009 6:47:31 PM PST · by lightman · 8 replies · 735+ views
    Evangelical Lutheran Church in America ^ | 19 November AD 2009 | Mark S. Hanson
    Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand. -- Romans 5:1-2a November 19, 2009 Sisters and brothers in Christ of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, I greet you with the words of the apostle Paul to the Romans: "Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand" (Romans 5:1-2a). Where does the Evangelical Lutheran Church in...
  • Gaston church breaks with national organization over gay clergy { ELCA Exodus }

    11/06/2009 1:02:10 PM PST · by SmithL · 4 replies · 476+ views
    Gaston Gazette (NC) ^ | 11/6/9 | Diane Turbyfill
    Same-sex relationships go against Scripture and morality, according to a letter mailed Monday by members of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bessemer City. The congregation recently drafted the letter stating its disdain for a resolution passed by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. “We are writing to express our disappointment with the recent Churchwide Assembly’s approval of the resolution to allow gay and lesbian pastors,” the letter states. “We also disapprove of the resolution to find ways for congregations to recognize same-gender relationships.” The 2009 Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America voted in August to open the...
  • ELCA will not allow synods to maintain traditional standards

    11/03/2009 10:01:33 AM PST · by rhema · 20 replies · 1,312+ views
    Lutheran Core ^ | November 02, 2009 | David Baer
    ELCA synods will not have the option of upholding traditional Christian teaching on marriage and homosexuality in their standards for pastors and other rostered leaders according to a draft of candidacy rules released Oct. 10 by the ELCA churchwide organization. No synod or bishop may make decisions on ministry standards that differ from the new policies of the ELCA churchwide organization as defined by the 2009 Churchwide Assembly, the policy draft explains. The ELCA now allows pastors and other rostered leaders to be in committed same-sex relationships. “By the governing documents, all candidacy and call decisions are made on an...
  • ELCA leaders: No need for division

    10/31/2009 9:22:30 AM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies · 683+ views
    Bismarck Tribune (ND) ^ | 10/31/9 | KAREN HERZOG
    (In August the churchwide assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America adopted proposals to make it possible for Lutherans in publicly accountable, lifelong, monogamous same-gender relationships to serve as ELCA associates in ministry, clergy, deaconesses and diaconal ministers.) In the wake of the ELCA assembly vote to allow gay and lesbian people to serve in the clergy or other leadership positions, the denomination's Presiding Bishop, the Rev. Mark Hanson, has told his bishops and laity to expect some congregations to leave. Whether ELCA congregations will defect in large numbers to more conservative Lutheran denominations remains to be seen. However,...
  • Sleepy Eye ELCA pastor explains denominational controversy

    10/27/2009 12:17:07 PM PDT · by SmithL · 13 replies · 873+ views
    Sleepy Eye Herald-Dispatch (MN) ^ | 10/27/9 | Ben Bradbury
    Sleepy Eye, Minn. - In addition to Halloween, this Saturday is also a special date of historical significance for many Christians. October 31 is celebrated by Lutherans as Reformation Day, for it is the date Martin Luther is believed to have nailed his 95 Theses, or grievances against the Roman Catholic Church, on the door of All SaintsÂ’ Church in Germany. This act marked the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, which ultimately led to Lutheranism itself. As many Lutherans look back to their Reformation heritage over the weekend, members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) are doing some...
  • { ELCA } Bishop urges calm while new policies are finalized

    10/27/2009 12:24:08 PM PDT · by SmithL · 9 replies · 776+ views
    Post-Bulletin (Rochester, MN ) ^ | 10/27/9 | Matt Russell
    There are plenty of questions being asked in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America following a decision in August to allow pastors to be involved in committed, same-gender relationships. In response to the decision, there will be a series of meetings at churches in the ELCA's southeastern Minnesota synod during the coming weeks, including a three-week series starting Sunday at Zumbro Lutheran Church in Rochester. Bishop Harold Usgaard recently recorded a videotaped message to prompt discussion about the fundamental questions raised by this issue. The questions include: Who is welcome in ELCA congregations and who is not? Usgaard also wrote...
  • Sweden Church Allows Gay Weddings [Gay, Bisexual and Transgenders Approve Lutheran Move]

    10/22/2009 10:51:52 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 31 replies · 1,495+ views
    BBC News ^ | October 22nd 2009
    Sweden Church Allows Gay Weddings Sweden's archbishop is broadly supportive of the move The Lutheran Church of Sweden - the country's largest - is to conduct same-sex marriages from next month. Around 70% of the church's 250-strong synod, or church board, voted to back the move, making it one of few global churches to allow gay marriage. Sweden's government introduced a new law in May allowing gay couples the same marriage rights as heterosexuals. Three-quarters of Swedes are members of the Lutheran church, though church attendance is low. The Lutheran Church says gay couples can now get married by any...
  • Vatican welcomes Anglicans into Catholic church

    10/20/2009 8:59:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 70 replies · 2,268+ views
    CNN ^ | 10/20/2009
    ROME, Italy (CNN) -- The Vatican said Tuesday it has worked out a way for groups of Anglicans who are dissatisfied with their faith to join the Catholic Church. The process will allow groups of Anglicans, including bishops and married priests, to join the Catholic Church some 450 years after King Henry VIII broke from Rome and created the Church of England. The number of Anglicans wishing to join the Catholic Church has increased in recent years as the Anglican church has welcomed the ordination of women and openly gay clergy and blessed homosexual partnerships, said Cardinal William Joseph Levada,...
  • Rowan Williams attacks Government over Iraq war

    10/14/2009 5:04:49 PM PDT · by americanophile · 15 replies · 1,263+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 09 Oct 2009 | Neil Tweedie
    Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, mounted a direct attack on the Government over the invasion and occupation of Iraq when he used a national memorial service commemorating the servicemen killed in the conflict to accuse Tony Blair and his ministers of failing to “measure the price” of military action. Delivering his address in St Paul's Cathedral before a congregation including the Queen, Gordon Brown and Mr Blair himself, the spiritual head of the Church of England accused the former prime minister of indulging in rhetoric before the 2003 invasion, while leaving ordinary servicemen and women to pick up the...
  • [New Va.] Bishop Writes Diocese: "The legal struggle will continue...freedom under attack," he says

    10/13/2009 7:44:41 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 17 replies · 1,195+ views
    Episcopal Diocese of Virginia / Virtue Online ^ | 2009-10-10 | Shannon S. Johnston
    Dear Diocesan Family, A panel of the Virginia Supreme Court will hear our petition for appeal on October 21 and, while it is unfortunate that these legal proceedings were necessary, I trust that this hearing will bring us one step closer to resolution. I am proud that the Diocese of Virginia and the Episcopal Church have chosen the path consistently to defend loyal Episcopalians, and to safeguard and to protect the Church's legacy and the Church from unwarranted governmental and legislative interference. It is with the same determination to stand by the people, traditions and legacy of our diocese that...
  • ELCA and ELCJHL Bishops Deepen Conversations among Christians and Muslims

    10/09/2009 7:42:01 PM PDT · by lightman · 13 replies · 998+ views
    ELCA News Service ^ | 9 October AD 2009 | staff
    ELCA NEWS SERVICE October 9, 2009 ELCA and ELCJHL Bishops Deepen Conversations among Christians and Muslims WASHINGTON (ELCA) -- The Rev. Mark S. Hanson, presiding bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and the Rev. Munib A. Younan, bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, were among 1,000 people who attended the fourth major Muslim-Christian dialogue conference here Oct. 7-8. "It has been both the challenge and the hope for this conference that common words would lead to common deeds," said Hanson. "We have heard stories of places where particular Muslims and Christians are deepening their understanding of...
  • ELCA Bishops Told of Possible Changes in Domestic, Global Relationships

    10/07/2009 11:05:59 AM PDT · by lightman · 10 replies · 1,014+ views
    ELCA News Service ^ | 7 October AD 2009 | John Brooks
    ELCA Bishops Told of Possible Changes in Domestic, Global Relationships 09-223-JB CHICAGO (ELCA) -- Since the Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the church's global mission personnel have been reaching out to partner Lutheran churches worldwide. While some churches have expressed disagreement with a significant decision of the assembly, only one church to date has said it will change its relationship with the 4.6-million member ELCA. In August the churchwide assembly adopted proposals to change ELCA ministry policies to make it possible for Lutherans in publicly accountable, lifelong, monogamous same-gender relationships to serve as ELCA associates...
  • ELCA Bishops Discuss Drafts of Possible Ministry Policies Revisions

    10/06/2009 3:31:26 PM PDT · by lightman · 8 replies · 484+ views
    ELCA News Service ^ | 6 October AD 2009 | John Brooks
    ELCA Bishops Discuss Drafts of Possible Ministry Policies Revisions 09-222-JB CHICAGO (ELCA) -- The Conference of Bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) reviewed and discussed drafts of possible revisions to ELCA ministry policies during their Oct. 1-6 meeting here. As a result of their discussions, the bishops requested they have another opportunity to review updated revisions, likely to mean that final action on new policy language will not occur before April 2010. The Conference of Bishops is an advisory body of the church, consisting of the ELCA's 65 synod bishops, the presiding bishop and secretary. The 2009...
  • Gay clergy vote dividing Lutherans

    10/05/2009 9:20:43 PM PDT · by SmithL · 39 replies · 1,097+ views
    Rapid City Journal ^ | 10/5/9 | Mary Garrigan
    Some area Lutheran congregations are withholding financial support to the national Evangelical Lutheran Church in America while they explore their future in the ELCA. Christ the King Lutheran Church in Newcastle, Wyo., quit sending money to ELCA headquarters in Chicago in September. Earlier this year, the small eastern Wyoming congregation voted to financially support the reform group, Lutheran Coalition for Renewal, which plans to reconfigure Lutheranism in North America because of the ELCA's recent vote to approve of homosexual clergy in committed same-sex relationships. "In some ways we're a little bit ahead of the curve on this," said the Rev....
  • Bishop V. Gene Robinson: Where is the Christian perspective on health care?

    10/05/2009 11:36:54 AM PDT · by meandog · 150 replies · 2,461+ views
    Manchester Union Leader ^ | oct. 2, 2009 | Bishop Vickie Gene Robinson
    Health care is in the news — but you have to wonder where all the Christians are. This is one of the biggest issues facing our country and our people, yet no one seems to be bringing a Christian voice or tone to that debate. Have you noticed? During the presidential campaign, there was much talk about the 50 million or so who have no health care insurance, many of whom who forgo care altogether and then wind up in emergency rooms with more serious, more fully developed illnesses than would have been the case had they sought preventive care....
  • Kieschnick: Not implementing ELCA assembly actions 'would be a blessing'

    10/02/2009 11:01:01 PM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies · 467+ views
    LCMS Reporter ^ | 10/2/9 | Dr. Gerald B. Kieschnick
    "It would be a blessing to our ongoing cooperative relationships" if decisions of the 2009 ELCA Churchwide Assembly allowing non-celibate homosexuals to serve as rostered leaders in that church body "were not implemented," Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod President Gerald B. Kieschnick wrote in an Oct. 1 letter to ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson and the ELCA Conference of Bishops. Kieschnick's letter came on the heels of a Sept. 28-29 meeting of the Committee on Lutheran Cooperation in Baltimore.  Most of the discussion at that meeting of LCMS and ELCA leaders was devoted to the future of shared ministries of the...
  • Minneapolis church votes to leave ELCA over gay clergy

    09/30/2009 6:15:38 PM PDT · by SmithL · 26 replies · 1,836+ views
    Minnesota Public Radio ^ | 9/30/9 | Cathy Mayfield & Jessica Mador, Minnesota Public Radio
    St. Paul, Minn. — Members of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Minneapolis decided to leave the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America after a 96 percent vote by members on Sunday. The decision to leave came after the ELCA Church-wide Assembly vote on Aug. 21 in Minneapolis, that allowed gays and lesbians in committed relationships to serve as clergy. Before the ECLA's decision, gay clergy were allowed to be ministers only if they were celibate. Some church members object to the new policy, saying it goes against Scripture. The St. Paul's congregation's council set a policy in October 1990 that...