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  • Apologies Abound at Lutheran Assembly

    08/13/2022 6:53:50 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Juicy Ecumenism ^ | 8/11/22 | Jeffrey Walton
    The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) top bishop has formally apologized on behalf of the denomination to a delegation from a Spanish-speaking “Latine” congregation whose pastor was abruptly fired last year by a transgender bishop. “This is an opportunity to remind ourselves of all of the anti-racist commitments and apologies we have made as a church and to offer a public recommitment to become an anti-racist church,” Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton told voting members at the denomination’s Churchwide Assembly in Columbus, Ohio. The August 8-12 Assembly included a series of apologies for systemic racism as well as for mistreatment...
  • What would Martin Luther say to pro-abortion Lutheran pastors?

    07/22/2022 5:11:12 PM PDT · by Morgana · 65 replies
    Christian Post ^ | July 7, 2022 | Tom Brock,
    On April 18, 1521, Martin Luther was on trial and said “Here I stand, I can do no other, God help me”. At the risk of his life, he was standing for the truth of Ephesians 2:8-9, that we are saved by God’s grace alone and not by our good works. What would Luther say if he could see today's Protestant churches? I believe he would cry out against “grace abuse.” Grace abuse says “Because we are saved by grace alone, we can live like the devil.” Luther would say that nothing could be further from the truth. Luther would...
  • ELCA Bishop's Response to Roe v Wade Reversal

    06/25/2022 1:00:35 PM PDT · by ferg flute · 60 replies
    ELCA presiding bishop issues pastoral message on Roe v. Wade ruling June 24, 2022 Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the ELCA, has issued a pastoral message on the Supreme Court’s ruling regarding Roe v. Wade. “Whatever personal perspective one might take on the June 24 abortion ruling from the Supreme Court, it is the legal framework in which we now minister,” Eaton said in the message. “This church’s 1991 social statement Abortion argues that ‘the number of induced abortions is a source of deep concern’ but teaches that the practice should be legal (pp. 3, 9-10). … Overturning Roe...
  • The mainline Protestantism clown show

    06/23/2022 4:19:14 PM PDT · by Salman · 26 replies
    The Spectator (UK) ^ | June 23, 2022 | Grayson Quay
    Just when I thought woke, mainline American Protestantism couldn’t descend any further into self-parody, the liberal Evangelical Lutheran Church in America went and surprised me. Here’s a summary, courtesy of Dr. Jordan B. Cooper, a pastor in one of the conservative rump denominations that didn’t join the ELCA: Neurodivergent nonbinary trans pastor is made bishop. This individual then disciplines abusive latinxpastor. But this is unknowingly done on a Hispanic holiday and is thus racist. Woman archbishop rebukes bishop but isn’t harsh enough so is then also racist. Wait, what? It all started when Bishop Megan Rohrer of the ELCA’s Sierra...
  • Racism at the heart of trans bishop's exit but corruption allegations surface

    06/13/2022 11:28:18 AM PDT · by lightman · 21 replies
    Bay Area Reporter ^ | 10 June A.D. 2022 | Eric Burkett
    Allegations of racism are at the heart of the sudden resignation of trans Lutheran Bishop the Reverend Dr. Megan Rohrer, but court documents also reveal allegations of corruption tied to a now-closed San Francisco church that they once led. The catalyst for Rohrer's resignation as bishop of the Sierra Pacific Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America was their firing of a Latino pastor at a church in the Central Valley last December. But documents and court records show Rohrer's brief tenure was marked by controversy, with some incidents, such as the closure of their former church in San...
  • ELCA presiding bishop requests resignation of first transgender bishop

    05/28/2022 5:21:16 PM PDT · by lightman · 28 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 28 May A.D. 2022 | Emily McFarlan Miller
    (RNS) — The presiding bishop of the largest Lutheran denomination in the United States has asked its first transgender bishop to resign amid criticism over their removal of the pastor of a Hispanic congregation on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe in December. RELATED: As the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe approaches, the Virgin Mary inspires community In a written statement published Friday (May 27), Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, head of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, announced she had requested Bishop Megan Rohrer’s resignation from the denomination’s Sierra Pacific Synod. Eaton’s request comes after the Sierra Pacific Synod...
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELCA) leader releases pastoral letter on abortion, expresses support for Roe v. Wade

    05/19/2022 3:52:06 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/19/2022 | Michael Gryboski
    The head of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has issued a pastoral letter supporting abortion access and expresseding opposition to overturning the United States Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade. ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton released a “pastoral message on abortion” on Tuesday, explaining that the denomination teaches that “abortion must be legal, regulated and accessible.” "While this church longs for a future with fewer abortions every year, the social statement points out that outlawing all or nearly all abortions is not the way to do this,” stated Eaton. “The ELCA opposes both ‘the total lack of regulation of...
  • Embracing an LGBTQ Perspective On Holy Week

    04/11/2022 8:28:10 PM PDT · by lightman · 41 replies
    Lower Susquehanna Synod. ELCA ^ | 8 April A.D. 2022 | Pace Warfield-May
    Holy week can be a troubling time for queer folx. Often Holy Week rituals are designed to emphasize our guilt and sinfulness—it is our sins that put Jesus on the cross (the refrain to “Ah! Holy Jesus” comes to mind, containing the line “I crucified thee”). This is certainly theologically important but can be lost on the queer community whose very lives are often at risk. It is counterproductive to remind someone they are a sinner when that is the primary and exclusive narrative they have heard from the church, that they are sinners simply because they are part of...
  • ELCA church calls for trans bishop to resign over allegations of racism, other issues

    04/07/2022 2:55:09 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 31 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04 06 2022 | Michael Gryboski
    A California congregation with a sizable LGBT membership that belongs to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has called for the removal of the denomination’s first trans-identified bishop. The Rev. Megan Rohrer, who uses “they/them” pronouns, was installed as the first trans-identified bishop in ELCA history last September, becoming the leader of the California-based ELCA Sierra Pacific Synod. However, since then, Rohrer has weathered controversy over allegations of racist behavior toward a Hispanic Lutheran pastor, as well as other issues that have led some to call for Rohrer’s removal. The Congregation Council of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, a Fresno-based ELCA...
  • Bishop Dunlop’s Pastoral Message – Continued COVID-19 Guidance

    02/23/2022 6:47:15 PM PST · by lightman · 3 replies
    Lower Susquehanna Synod. ELCA ^ | 12 January A.D. 2022 | James Dunlop
    The Rev. James S. Dunlop jdunlop@lss-elca.orgBishop January 12, 2022 “but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” – Isaiah 40:31 Dear Lower Susquehanna Synod Rostered Ministers, As the new year is upon us and our COVID-19 weariness continues to grow, I would like to first extend an invitation for us to meet by Zoom on Thursday, January 20 at 1:30 p.m. or, Tuesday, January 25, at 1:30 p.m. (Zoom links provided in a separate email.) I...
  • Drag Queen Story Hour For Children Comes To Church

    01/11/2022 9:54:59 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 36 replies
    Prophecy News Watch ^ | 01/11/2022 | Staff
    Pastor Aaron Musser of St. Luke's Lutheran Church of Logan Square in Chicago recently dressed in full drag for the Sunday service, wearing a long white dress emblazoned with a golden cross on its chest, a long blonde wig, and full makeup in order to lead the children's message.The pastor began the message by calling the children up to the front to sit with him and asked if they'd ever seen a drag queen before.The kids responded in the negative."I have an awesome story to share with you today," Musser said. "I am also a boy most of the time...
  • Drag Queen Story Hour For Children Comes To Church

    01/11/2022 10:43:39 AM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 6 replies
    Prophecy News Watch ^ | 1/11/22 | PNW Staff
    Pastor Aaron Musser of St. Luke's Lutheran Church of Logan Square in Chicago recently dressed in full drag for the Sunday service, wearing a long white dress emblazoned with a golden cross on its chest, a long blonde wig, and full makeup in order to lead the children's message. The pastor began the message by calling the children up to the front to sit with him and asked if they'd ever seen a drag queen before. The kids responded in the negative. "I have an awesome story to share with you today," Musser said. "I am also a boy most...
  • BTK serial killer Dennis Rader who murdered 10 people in 20-year killing spree describes himself as 'a good person who did some bad things' to forensic psychologist who exchanged letters with him 'in code', new docuseries reveals

    01/09/2022 2:54:12 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 48 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Christina Coulter
    New insights on Dennis Rader, the BTK killer who lived in plain sight in Wichita when he killed ten residents in 20 years, are revealed in a new docuseries Rader is sometimes remorseful, 'depending on the day,' says forensic psychologist Kathryn Ramsland, who spoke to him from jail for nearly a decade Ramsland said that Rader simultaneously views himself as a 'monster' and a 'good person who did some bad things' Exclusive conversations between Ramsland and Rader were aired on the A&E docuseries 'BTK: Confession of a Serial Killer,' which aired on January 8 SNIP
  • The Evangelical Lutheran Church's first transgender bishop is being booted: It looks like the acolytes may be learning the wrong lessons.

    12/24/2021 11:02:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/24/2021 | Andrea Widburg
    Just three months ago, I wrote that the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America had appointed its first transgender bishop — in this case, Megan Rohrer, a woman who sliced off her breasts, kept her female name, and claimed to be a man. Now Rohrer has been suspended for being racist. Live by woke political correctness; die by woke political correctness.It was a big deal when Megan Rohrer, a woman who claims to be a man and insists on being referred to by the pronouns "they" and "them," was installed as bishop of the Sierra Pacific Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran...
  • Newly-ordained Lutheran pastor hosts DRAG Bible study class for children at woke Chicago church

    12/20/2021 9:04:20 AM PST · by algore · 40 replies
    A newly-ordained pastor from Chicago is dressing up in drag in order to lead church services with children. Aaron Musser, who was ordained this summer, can be seen addressing children from a pulpit in his church dressed in a blonde wig, white dress, and makeup before spreading the word of the Lord to children at his parish at St. Luke's Lutheran Church of Logan Square. The event took place last Sunday, and saw Musser read a religious book about Joy to a group of children. 'I have an awesome story to share with you today,' Musser could be heard telling...
  • A Pastoral letter from Bishop Dunlop on COVID-10

    12/15/2021 2:27:24 PM PST · by lightman · 6 replies
    Lower Susquehanna Synod. ELCA ^ | 14 December A.D. 2021 | James Dunlop
    December 14, 2021 He will feed his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms, and carry them in his bosom, and gently lead the mother sheep. – Isaiah 40:11 (NRSV) Advent blessings in the name of Jesus Christ - the one who is, and the one who is to come again. I write first to express my gratitude for how all of you are working selflessly for the sake of the common good and to share my concern as COVID-19 continues to deeply impact our local communities and the world. The growing weariness from the...
  • Get Woke, Empty the Pews

    11/20/2021 9:44:58 PM PST · by Belteshazzar · 35 replies
    Powerlineblog ^ | November 20, 2021 | John Hinderaker
    GET WOKE, EMPTY THE PEWS It would be a full-time job to chronicle all of the irrational reactions by liberals to the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict, and scarcely worth the effort. But I do want to note one such response because it affects me directly: that of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The ELCA, of which my congregation is a member, sent out this “Pastoral Letter” authored by Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton. Here is the letter, titled “A pastoral message on the Rittenhouse acquittal,” with my comments interpolated: ​Dear church, In the book of Leviticus we read: “You shall not...
  • A pastoral message on the Rittenhouse acquittal

    11/19/2021 5:32:09 PM PST · by lightman · 60 replies
    Evangelical Lutheran Church in America ^ | 19 November A.D. 2021 | Elizabeth A. Eaton
    ​Dear church, In the book of Leviticus we read: "You shall not render an unjust judgment; you shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great: with justice you shall judge your neighbor" (19:15). Our social message on Community Violence urges us to become more involved in countering the reality and fear of violence in our communities and our neighbors' communities, pursuing justice and seeking peace no matter how long the journey or complex the challenge. When a child is allowed to become a vigilante in our society without recourse, we are forced to confront the idols...
  • Updated COVID-19 Guidance

    10/02/2021 8:12:42 PM PDT · by lightman · 8 replies
    Lower Susquehanna Synod. ELC ^ | 27 September A.D. 2021 | James Dunlop
  • Wisconsin pastor fasting until Congress passes climate bill

    09/26/2021 2:40:16 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 85 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | September 26, 2021
    KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — A Kenosha pastor is fasting for climate change. The Rev. Jonathan Barker, pastor of Grace Lutheran Church, stopped eating on Saturday and said he will continue the protest until Congress passes a climate bill. Democrats pushed a $3.5 trillion, 10-year bill through the House Budget Committee that strengthens social safety net and climate programs. The measure is a “once-in-species-moment,” Barker said. “As a Christian, I am called to be on the side of love for neighbor,” Barker said. “Love for neighbor means making sure my neighbor has a livable future, a family-sustaining green job, clean air...