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  • Disappearing Act: Presbyterians Embrace Leftist Politics, Shun Reformed Roots

    07/03/2014 6:28:21 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 46 replies
    Breakpoint ^ | 7-3-14 | Stan Guthrie
    Over the last two decades, more than three-fourths of Iraq’s Christians have fled the country, driven out by a combination of Muslim fanaticism and economic and social collapse. Iraq, however, isn’t the only place to experience a mass Christian exodus in recent years. Look at the Presbyterian Church (USA), the 10th largest denomination in this country. But you’d better look fast. The PC(USA), which is the nation’s largest Presbyterian denomination (at least for now), is driving out members through its own brand of leftist fanaticism. From a high of more than 4 million members back in 1965, the Louisville-based PC(USA)...
  • Transgender priest to preach at National Cathedral

    06/21/2014 5:16:01 PM PDT · by don-o · 117 replies
    AP via Fox News ^ | June 21, 2014
    WASHINGTON – An openly transgender Episcopal priest is set to preach at Washington National Cathedral. The Rev. Dr. Cameron Partridge, the Episcopal chaplain at Boston University, will be a guest preacher on Sunday. He'll be the first openly transgender priest to preach from Canterbury Pulpit at the cathedral.
  • Gay Anglican priest marries his boyfriend. He'll be the first of many

    04/12/2014 4:52:25 PM PDT · by markomalley · 44 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/12/2014 | Damian Thompson
    Well, that didn't take long. As my colleague Edward Malnick reports, the first gay Church of England priest – a canon, no less – today married his boyfriend. Canon Jeremy Pemberton, 58, a divorced hospital chaplain and father of five, wed his long-term partner Laurence Cunnington, 51. We're not told where, but obviously it wasn't in an C of E church. That's against the law. But they may well be able to have their marriage blessed in church because that's only "against the rules" as opposed to illegal.Campaigners predicted that Canon Pemberton would be the first of many. I think they're...
  • Nautilus Design On St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral In Boston Sparks Controversy

    02/10/2014 8:24:34 PM PST · by Epistolizer · 23 replies
    The pediment of The Cathedral Church Of St. Paul in Boston has stood empty for 190 years, as the builders of the impressive Greek Revival structure ran out of money during the initial construction phase. It was finally completed in May of 2013, but since then it's come under fire for its unusual design, which features a backlit nautilus sculpture.
  • A Sad Walk Through An ELCA Seminary

    10/31/2013 3:38:03 AM PDT · by rhema · 44 replies
    Exposing the ELCA ^ | 10/30/13 | Tom Brock
    (I received this the other day. It's written by Pastor Tom Brock) -Today I walked through my old alma mater, Luther Theological Seminary in St Paul, Mn. It is known as probably the most conservative of the ELCA seminaries. You wouldn’t know it from the number of gay/lesbian bumper stickers in the parking lot. Upon entering the main building a sign was up promoting a new book at Luther’s Bookstore, “Pastrix” by ELCA Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber. She was a favorite speaker at the ELCA Youth Assembly and a few months ago spoke at the historic Central Lutheran Church in downtown...
  • Support for Same-sex Marriage Crosses Party Lines

    03/18/2013 6:24:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 51 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 18, 2013 | Michael Barone
    In an opinion article in the Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman announced that he has changed his mind and now supports same-sex marriage. He wrote that on learning that one of his sons is gay he "wrestled with how to reconcile my Christian faith with my desire for Will to have the same opportunities to pursue happiness and fulfillment as his brother and sister." He is not the only prominent Republican to come to this view in this way. Former Vice President Dick Cheney is another. And at the Conservative Political Action Committee convention, a panel sponsored by...
  • “Jesus was gay”! Church sparks outrage with claim son of God “should come out” (NZ)

    12/17/2012 1:52:59 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 08:12 EST, 17 December 2012 | Eddie Wrenn
    It is the season of glad tidings and forgiveness. But many Christians living in Auckland, New Zealand, are struggling to find goodwill in their hearts for the latest in a series of controversial billboards coming out from the Church of St. Matthew in the City. “It’s Christmas. Time for Jesus to come out”, the sign proclaims, with an image of baby Jesus as a toddler in a manger, surrounded by a rainbow halo. The billboard was put up by the Reverend Glynn Cardy, who said it was meant to “lift” the humanity of Jesus. But it is likely to face...
  • 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...
  • Poll: PCUSA Church Members Increasingly Favoring Same-Sex Marriage

    10/06/2012 1:15:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/05/2012 | By Michael Gryboski
    According to a recently released survey, support for same-sex marriage among Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) members and pastors has considerably increased since 2005. In research conducted by Presbyterian Research Services and published in October, the number of PC(USA) members and pastors supporting the denomination redefining marriage grew. In 2005, 23 percent of PC(USA) members supported same-sex marriage; in 2012, the number had increased to 34 percent. Among pastors, support for same-sex marriage in 2005 was at 35 percent; in 2012, it is at 49 percent. Jack Marcum, coordinator of Research Services at Presbyterian Mission Agency and author of the published findings,...
  • 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...
  • Priest(ess) Who Calls Abortion a ‘Blessing’ Tells Congress She'd Break Law to Help Minors

    03/10/2012 2:24:45 PM PST · by NYer · 34 replies
    CNS News ^ | March 8, 2012 | Penny Star
    Dr. Katherine Hancock Ragsdale, president and dean of the Episcopal Divinity Church, testified at a House hearing on March 8, 2012 against a bill that would make it a federal crime to transport minor girls without parental consent across state lines to get an abortion. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr) (CNSNews.com) – Were Congress to outlaw the transporting of a minor without her parents’ permission across state lines to get an abortion, an abortion- and gay-rights activist testifying on Capitol Hill Thursday she would break the law to continue to help girls end their pregnancies.Appearing as a Democratic Party witness at a...
  • Lesbian pastor integrates seamlessly in new Berwyn church

    01/25/2012 12:26:47 PM PST · by SmithL · 62 replies · 1+ views
    Berwyn Life ^ | 1/25/12 | Brett Schweinberg
    Berwyn, IL — After years of declining membership, two Lutheran churches in Berwyn recently were forced to merge. While the new church faces many issues as it struggles to adapt to modern society, no one seems to have any qualms about the new pastor, the Rev. Julie Boleyn, who was ordained Jan. 14. Calm, charismatic and serene in the strength of her faith, Boleyn also is the first lesbian to be ordained in the Greater Metropolitan Chicago Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. For several years, both the United Berwyn Lutheran Church and the First Lutheran Church of...
  • American Bishop Gene Robinson condemns Rick Perry’s anti-gay promotion

    12/27/2011 9:00:00 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 39 replies
    ATV Today ^ | Dec. 16 2011 | Ian Westhead
    The USA’s first openly gay Episcopal bishop, Gene Robinson, has responded to presidential hopeful Rick Perry's anti-gay TV promotion suggesting that "it must break God's heart to see religion used in a political campaign like this." Bishop Robinson of the Episcopal Church showed his distaste in a TV interview with MSNBC and also by writing an opinion piece in the Washington Post newspaper. Perry had stated in his commercial that “You don’t need to be in the pew every Sunday to know there’s something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can’t...
  • A Presbyterian exodus over allowing openly gay to be ordained

    11/14/2011 8:55:41 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 46 replies · 1+ views
    The News Tribune ^ | 11/14/11 | STEVE MAYNARD
    Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church in Gig Harbor voted Sunday to leave the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), primarily because the denomination changed its constitution to allow noncelibate gay men and lesbians to be ordained as clergy and lay leaders. With 1,660 members, Chapel Hill Presbyterian is one of the largest mainline Protestant churches in the South Sound region. The Rev. Mark Toone, senior pastor of Chapel Hill, said his congregation reached a “tipping point” last spring when a majority of regional governing bodies, called presbyteries, voted to change the church’s ordination standards, permitting openly gay people to be ordained. “For 30 years,...
  • Presbyterian Church (USA) 220th General Assembly [see chameleons, cats, canaries and a Caterpillar]

    11/10/2011 7:32:38 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 4 replies
    layman.org ^ | 11/10/2011 | Carmen Fowler
    This is no nursery rhyme but rather the cast of characters lining up to appear at the 2012 Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assembly meeting in Pittsburgh. ACT I: An assault on marriageThe chameleon:  This character will attempt to lead commissioners to see marriage differently than the Church has historically defined it. Separating marriage from the Biblical narrative of creation and the Biblical witness of Jesus' affirmation between one man and one woman, the assembly will be asked to see a "new normal" that is inclusive of gay marriage. Presented plainly, the redefinition of marriage will arrive at the assembly through...
  • One of Syracuse's oldest Presbyterian churches votes to close next year

    10/28/2011 3:21:31 AM PDT · by Cronos · 35 replies · 1+ views
    Syracuse.com ^ | 28 October 2011 | Elizabeth Doran
    One of the oldest Presbyterian churches in Syracuse — First Presbyterian Church United – this month decided it will close in April 2012. The Near West Side church, founded in 1826 and located at 620 W. Genesee St. since 1904, will have its last service on Easter, April 8, 2012. The church has been steadily losing members over the years and is financially strapped, said Nancy Wind, associate for congregational life at the church. There are about 100 church members; of those about 40 attend worship services, she said. “We’ve been running a deficit budget for at least a decade...
  • Formerly Influential U.S. Episcopal Church: Now Fewer than 2 Million Members

    10/26/2011 3:36:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies · 1+ views
    Opposing Views ^ | October 26, 2011
    WASHINGTON -- Once a flagship denomination of American mainline Protestantism, the U.S.-based Episcopal Church has for the first time in decades reported membership below two million.Self-reported statistics provided by the denomination this month show that the church has dropped from 2,006,343 members in 2009 to 1,951,907 in 2010, the most recent reporting year. The loss of 54,436 members increases the annual rate of decline from 2 percent to 3 percent, outpacing the most recently reported declines in most other mainline churches. The church's 10-year change in active members has dropped 16 percent.A branch of the otherwise fast-growing 80 million member worldwide...
  • First gay man to be ordained in Presbyterian Church USA since historic vote

    09/26/2011 3:36:35 AM PDT · by Cronos · 43 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | September 25 2011 | Rose French
    A Wisconsin man is expected to become the first openly gay candidate ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) since the church opened ordination to gay candidates earlier this year. ...“It’s hard to believe it’s finally happening,” Anderson said in a released statement on Friday. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) officially began allowing the ordination of openly gay and lesbian candidates on July 10. n May, Twin Cities Presbyterians cast the historic vote to allow openly gay and lesbian members to be ordained ministers. Presbyterian leaders say the Twin Cities vote was the action needed to end the 2.1 million-member denomination’s national...
  • Raw Numerical Truth about the Episcopal Church (1/3 of all 6825 churches face inevitable closure)

    08/28/2011 1:50:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 32 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | August 23, 2011 | David W. Virtue
    “[We must] talk of hard financial issues and church decline and growth, to address elephants in the room, and to speak truth to one another in love." Executive Council of the Episcopal Church A month long investigation by Virtueonline into the numerical state of The Episcopal Church reveals that more than one third of all 6825 Episcopal parishes in the U.S. have an average Sunday attendance (ASA) of 40 or less. VOL believes that the figure of 2.3 million Episcopalians, regularly stated by TEC leaders and officials, does not reveal the true state of church attendance. More than two-thirds of...
  • Presbyterians clear way for gay clergy

    05/11/2011 5:20:27 AM PDT · by iowamark · 28 replies
    AP, FNC ^ | May 10, 2011 | Associated Press
    After decades of debate, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) on Tuesday struck down a barrier to ordaining gays, ratifying a proposal that removes the celibacy requirement for unmarried clergy, in the latest mainline Protestant move toward accepting gay relationships... Differences over the Bible and homosexuality have split Protestant groups nationally and worldwide for years. Within the Presbyterian Church, about 100 of the 11,000 congregations had already broken away ahead of the vote, but a group of large theologically conservative congregations, which calls itself Fellowship, has decided to remain in the denomination for now. Top Presbyterian executives issued a statement to the...
  • Senior Pastor Leaving Lutheran Church

    03/05/2011 1:39:12 PM PST · by fwdude · 16 replies
    Greater Annapolis Patch ^ | 03/04/2011 | Priya Ramachandran
    As of March 1, Rev. Gerald Miller, the senior pastor of St. Martin's Church, stepped down from the role he filled for 17 years.
  • 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...
  • Historic Lesbian Marriage in Boston Cathedral Unites Top Clergy of Episcopal Church

    01/02/2011 7:58:44 PM PST · by marshmallow · 69 replies
    PR Web ^ | 1/2/11
    The historic marriage of Episcopal Divinity School, dean and president, the Very Reverend Katherine Hancock Ragsdale and Mally Lloyd, Canon to the Ordinary, took place today at the Cathedral Church of St Paul in Boston.The Episcopalian bishop of Massachusetts began 2011 by solemnizing the first lesbian marriage - of two senior Episcopalian clergy - at Boston's St Paul's Cathedral Saturday (January 1). The marriage of Episcopal Divinity School, dean and president, the Very Reverend Katherine Hancock Ragsdale and Mally Lloyd, Canon to the Ordinary, was the first lesbian marriage solemnized by the Right Reverend M Thomas Shaw SSJE, Bishop Diocesan...
  • Unintended effects: How the ELCA’S aim for unity fractured the church

    12/27/2010 5:08:40 PM PST · by rhema · 20 replies · 5+ views
    WordAlone ^ | Dr. Robert Benne
    In its 2009 Churchwide Assembly in August of 2009 the Evangelical Lutheran Church took the momentous step to allow for the blessing of gay and lesbian unions as well as for the ordination of gays and lesbians in partnered relationships. It was the first major confessional church to take those steps. In anticipation of much disagreement about its decisions, the church struck what it thought was a compromise so that we could “journey together faithfully” even though there was no consensus on these issues. The instrument for compromise was the “bound-conscience” doctrine. Realizing that we now had no authoritative teaching...
  • 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...
  • ELCA Council Acts on Structure, Governance Proposals, Other Topics

    11/23/2010 10:30:35 AM PST · by SmithL · 2 replies · 1+ views
    CHICAGO (ELCA) -- The Church Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) recommended constitutional amendments to the 2011 ELCA Churchwide Assembly regarding a 3-year cycle for churchwide assemblies, council membership, eliminating program committees and strengthening interrelationships. . . . David D. Swartling, ELCA secretary, said a committee of the "Living Into the Future Together: Renewing the Ecology of the ELCA" task force, proposed the four constitutional amendments on structure and governance. The council adopted the amendments and sent them to the 2011 Churchwide Assembly, which must approve amendments to the ELCA Constitution, Bylaws and Continuing Resolutions. The council...
  • ELCA Presiding Bishop Responds to Members in Third 'Town Hall' of 2010

    11/22/2010 3:29:31 PM PST · by lightman · 9 replies · 1+ views
    ELCA News Service ^ | 22 November AD 2010 | John Brooks
    ELCA Presiding Bishop Responds to Members in Third 'Town Hall' of 2010 10-292-JB CHICAGO (ELCA) -- In his third online "Town Hall Forum" with members this year, the presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) addressed a variety of ELCA topics and concerns, such as outdoor and campus ministry, immigration reform, contemporary worship, the place of people who are gay and lesbian in the church and interfaith relationships. The Rev. Mark S. Hanson answered 21 questions in the hour-long forum Nov. 21, which was broadcast live on the ELCA website. Questions were posed by online viewers, many...
  • 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.
  • { ELCA } Bishop suspends Zion pastors

    11/06/2010 12:00:56 AM PDT · by SmithL · 19 replies
    Globe Gazette (Mason City, IA) ^ | 11/5/10 | Deb Nicklay
    CLEAR LAKE — Two pastors of Clear Lake’s largest church have refused to leave their jobs despite an order from their bishop. Bishop Steven C. Ullestad of the Northeastern Iowa Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), said the Rev. Dean Hess and the Rev. Derik C. Yarian were notified of their removal on Oct. 28. “... You are now to function as a layperson ... your ordained status is in suspension,” said Ullestad in separate letters to the two men. Both Hess and Church Council President Mark Shepp declined to comment Friday. Pastors holding dual memberships —...
  • I Support Gay Rights in The Civil Domain'[+Rowan]

    10/21/2010 9:54:54 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    BANGALORE: Archbishop of Canterbury Reverend Rowan Williams is known to be broad-minded, liberal and outspoken in his thoughts. As the Archbishop was about to rush in his car to a programme after the inter-faith dialogue at ECC concluded, TOI asked him what his view on gay rights was. Williams replied: "The answer to this question is a long one. But yes, I support gay rights as a personal and legal right in the civil domain." Dr Mani Chacko, director of ECC, said: "The Archbishop of Canterbury is broad-minded and liberal. It is true that he had proffered gentle criticism of...
  • ELCA Presiding Bishop Tells ELCA Leaders it's Time to Move Forward

    10/05/2010 12:12:06 PM PDT · by lightman · 18 replies · 1+ views
    ELCA News Service ^ | 5 October AD 2010 | John Brooks
    ELCA Presiding Bishop Tells ELCA Leaders it's Time to Move Forward 10-261-JB CHICAGO (ELCA) -- In a report to leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) the Rev. Mark S. Hanson, ELCA presiding bishop, said it is time for the church to move forward and get over being "timid" about mission and ministry. "In the name of Jesus Christ our days of timidity are over," Hanson told the ELCA Conference of Bishops, ELCA synod vice presidents and ELCA seminary presidents Oct. 2. "I just think we have to say it. And we have to say it with the...
  • Bingo in the Buff

    10/06/2010 11:21:15 PM PDT · by kaehurowing · 8 replies
    The Layman ^ | October 6, 2010 | Parker Williamson
    Bingo in the Buff By Parker T. Williamson, The Layman, Posted Wednesday, October 6, 2010 “This is not your grandmother’s bingo,” says Marcus Wise, a writer for ArtVoice, a Buffalo, N.Y. area Web publication. Wise’s article, written in 2008, refers to Saturday night games that are now being played at Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, home of “Buff Bingo.” The players’ pitch is clearly intended to attract Buffalo’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender population. But – true to management’s professed inclusiveness – “the crowd averages half and half,” according to the event’s hostess and drag queen Gladys Over. Wise describes Gladys as...
  • ELCA Head Responds to Rival Lutheran Body

    08/25/2010 12:26:33 PM PDT · by SmithL · 35 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 8/25/10 | Lillian Kwon
    The head of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America responded to plans for a rival church body, urging fellow Lutherans to avoid slander. "We are to fear and love God, so that we do not tell lies about our neighbors, betray or slander them, or destroy their reputations. Instead we are to come to their defense, speak well of them, and interpret everything they do in the best possible light," said the Rev. Mark S. Hanson, presiding bishop of the ELCA, as he recited words from the Evangelical Lutheran Worship. Hanson made the statement in a pastoral letter Tuesday, days...
  • ELCA Reports Biggest-Ever Drop in Membership

    08/10/2010 10:07:25 PM PDT · by SmithL · 21 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 8/10/10 | Joshua A. Goldberg
    The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America witnessed its biggest-ever drop in membership last year, according to a recently released analysis. By the end of 2009, ELCA membership stood at 4.5 million – 90 thousand less than the year before, reported the ELCA Office of the Secretary and ELCA Research and Evaluation. Before the latest drop, the biggest loss was 79 thousand – a drop witnessed in 2005. The ELCA congregation count, meanwhile, was recorded as 10,348 – 48 less than the year before. The largest-ever drop in the congregation count was recorded in 2004 – a drop of 72. Despite...
  • 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.
  • L.A. Region's First Two Female Episcopal Bishops Are Ordained

    05/15/2010 8:50:55 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 15 replies · 570+ views
    LATimes ^ | May 15th 2010
    L.A. Region's First Two Female Episcopal Bishops Are Ordained The two — Diane Jardine Bruce and Mary Douglas Glasspool — are ordained to applause and cheers. Glasspool is also the church's first lesbian bishop. Two protesters are removed from the ceremony. Mitchell Landsberg May 15, 2010 There was a moment on Saturday when even the usually unflappable J. Jon Bruno, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, held his breath. It was the point when the 3,000 people at the Long Beach Arena were asked if anyone had any objections to the ordination of the region's first two female...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...