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  • CLU hosts social justice conference

    09/29/2011 9:56:56 PM PDT · by SmithL · 14 replies
    Fillmore gazette ^ | 9/30/11 | Gazette Staff Writer
    THOUSAND OAKS, CA - California Lutheran University is hosting a series of social justice events on Friday, Oct. 7, as part of a three-day, three-county conference. “When the Bush Stops Burning: The Courage to Act for Justice” will provide participants with opportunities to learn about the intersection of faith and social justice, meet others who share their concerns and find the courage to take action. The CLU events will begin at 9 a.m. with a presentation by members of the CLU Poetry Slam club in Samuelson Chapel. Rosemary Radford Ruether, a groundbreaking figure in Christian feminist theology, will present “Social...
  • ELCA Bishop Extends Support For Lutherans In Jordan, Holy Land

    09/23/2011 8:09:33 PM PDT · by lightman · 13 replies
    ELCA News Servicce ^ | 23 September AD 2011 | Marianne Griebler
    ELCA Bishop Extends Support For Lutherans In Jordan, Holy Land 11-124-MG CHICAGO (ELCA) - The presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), Mark S. Hanson, sent a letter on Sept. 22 to Bishop Munib Younan and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL), expressing the support of this church for a two-state solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Hanson drafted the letter in response to growing tensions in the Middle East as Palestine submitted a formal proposal for full membership in the United Nations. The United Nations Security Council is expected to consider the...
  • Greensburg native, IUP grad named bishop of new breakaway Lutheran (NALC) denomination

    09/19/2011 4:43:02 AM PDT · by Cronos · 18 replies
    Pittsburgh Live ^ | 19 Sep 2011 | Richard Robbins
    The new bishop of a breakaway Lutheran denomination says there will be "no compromise" on the issue of gay pastors with its liberal counterpart, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.Bishop John Bradosky, 59, a native of Greensburg, said while he is open to dialogue between the North American Lutheran Church and the ELCA, there is a limit to what can be agreed to. Closing the breach between the two would "require some really major changes" on the part of the ELCA, Bradosky said. "I'm not sure there is an openness to those kinds of changes," he added. "We're certainly open...
  • The Path of Least Repentance

    09/10/2011 7:18:58 AM PDT · by rhema · 1 replies
    Common Sense for a Senseless World ^ | 9/3/11 | Don Kriefall
    I am a sinful human being that continually falls short of the glory of our Savior. Without my Lord and Savior, I can accomplish nothing. John 15:5-8, Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in...
  • Acceptance or Denial? Commentary on the 2011 ELCA Churchwide Assembly

    09/03/2011 11:49:39 AM PDT · by rhema · 6 replies
    Lutheran CORE ^ | Aug.-Sept. | Mark Chavez
    Compared to the last several ELCA churchwide assemblies, the Orlando 2011 assembly was in some respects uneventful. There were very few con- troversial and heated discussions. The assembly overwhelmingly approved all recommendations from the churchwide organization, including all of the amendments to the constitution that make it more difficult for congregations to disaffiliate with the ELCA. The lack of controversy may account for far fewer visitors or con- gregational observers this year. There appeared to be at most about two dozen people seated in the congregational observers section, propably at least less than half the number at the last several...
  • ELCA Churchwide Assembly: A Report

    09/03/2011 11:44:10 AM PDT · by rhema · 4 replies
    Lutheran CORE ^ | Aug.-Sept. | Mark Chavez
    With very little controversy, the ELCA Churchwide Assembly met August 15-19 in Orlando. The assembly overwhelmingly approved all rec- ommendations from the churchwide organization, including all of the amendments to the constitution that would make it more difficult for con- gregations to disaffiliate from the ELCA. Also approved were the anti- bullying legislation proposed by Lutherans Concerned/North America, the proposed genetics social statement, and the LIFT (Living into the Future Together) ELCA reorganization plan. Memorials from South Carolina, South Dakota, and Western Iowa re- questing the ELCA rescind the 2009 sexuality decisions were not brought to the floor for discussion....
  • The Bible and the 'Gay Marriage' Question (Parts 1,2 & 3)

    07/27/2011 1:17:50 PM PDT · by Zender500 · 20 replies
    VirtueOnline.org ^ | July 20, 2011 | Robert A. J. Gagnon
    What does the Bible actually say about "gay marriage"? That question is the title of a a recent op-ed piece in the Huffington Post written by Lee Jefferson, a visiting assistant professor of religion at Centre College. According to Jefferson the answer is: "Nothing," or at least "Nothing negative." Jefferson used the recent passage of "gay marriage" by the New York legislature as a springboard from which to denigrate appeals to the Bible against homosexual practice. I will use Jefferson's article as a springboard from which to answer the question that he and many others have raised. It is of...
  • Obama in unprecedented meeting with ELCA presiding bishop, faith leaders

    07/22/2011 5:48:12 PM PDT · by lightman · 20 replies
    ELCA News Service ^ | 20 July AD 2011 | Marianne Griebler
    Obama in unprecedented meeting with ELCA presiding bishop, faith leaders 11-102-MG CHICAGO (ELCA) - Mark S. Hanson, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), along with other faith leaders, asked President Barack Obama to protect funding for programs that benefit people living with hunger and poverty in the ongoing budget debate and in any deal concerning the debt crisis. Hanson was part of a gathering of national Christian leaders who attended a meeting with Obama and senior White House staff on July 20. The select but diverse group represented evangelical, mainline Protestant and Roman Catholic churches and...
  • [LCMS's] Harrison issues 'Letter to the Church' concerning military chaplaincy ministry with ELCA

    07/22/2011 2:12:37 PM PDT · by rhema · 2 replies · 1+ views
    LCMS Reporter ^ | 7/18/11
    In a "Letter to the Church" released Monday, July 18, LCMS President Dr. Matthew C. Harrison announced that, beginning in 2012, the Synod will no longer co-sponsor its training conferences for military chaplains with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The decision, which Harrison said was not made lightly, was based on input from the Synod's Ministry to the Armed Forces committee and from active- and reserve-duty LCMS chaplains. It ends a cooperative ministry that began in 1941 between the LCMS and two other Lutheran church bodies at that time -- The American Lutheran Church and the Lutheran Church...
  • Lutheran divide could affect social programs

    07/21/2011 8:52:47 AM PDT · by SmithL · 18 replies
    AP via STLToday ^ | 7/21/11 | RACHEL ZOLL • Associated Press
    NEW YORK • One of the largest social service networks in the United States, working in areas ranging from adoption to disaster relief, faces a shake-up because of Lutheran divisions over the Bible and homosexuality. The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, a theologically conservative denomination headquartered in Kirkwood, Mo., said Wednesday that direct work with its larger and more liberal counterpart, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, has become "difficult if not impossible," because of doctrinal conflicts, including the 2009 decision by liberal Lutherans to lift barriers for ordaining gays and lesbians. Neither denomination would discuss the potential financial impact Wednesday. Many...
  • [ELCA] NEWS UPDATE & INFORMATION JULY 14, 2011

    07/16/2011 4:26:21 PM PDT · by rhema · 4 replies
    David Barnhart ^ | 7/14/11 | David Barnhart
    We have added the following to list of congregations that have voted to leave the ELCA: 1. Hope Lutheran Church, Fosston, MN vote July 10 to leave the ELCA, 130-37. Their first vote passed last Fall but the second vote failed this past May. We are uncertain at this time if this vote is being counted as second vote or the first vote in a new process to withdraw. We will report when this matter is clarified. THEY ARE STARTING OVER. THIS WAS THEIR SECOND EFFORT AT A FIRST VOTE! 2. Peace Lutheran Church, Linton, ND has left the ELCA....
  • Churches debate whether to marry gays

    07/16/2011 10:15:51 AM PDT · by SmithL · 84 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 7/16/11 | RACHEL ZOLL, AP Religion Writer
    After same-sex marriage becomes legal here on July 24, gay priests with partners in the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island will head to the altar. They have to. Their bishop set a nine-month deadline for them to marry or stop living together. Next door, meanwhile, the Episcopal bishop of New York says he also expects gay clergy in committed relationships to wed "in due course." Still, this longtime supporter of gay rights says churches in his diocese are off limits for gay weddings until he receives clearer liturgical guidance from the national denomination. As more states legalize same-sex marriage, religious...
  • For the record, a tale of firsts: Ordinations underscore change

    06/28/2011 3:20:56 PM PDT · by lightman · 8 replies
    The Lutheran ^ | 25 June AD 2011 | Daniel J. Lehmann
    For the record, a tale of firsts: Ordinations underscore change Story by Daniel J. Lehmann Next month marks the second anniversary of the ELCA Churchwide Assembly's decision to open the roster of this church to gays and lesbians in committed relationships. The Lutheran addresses that action this month by featuring the ordination of two gay men ("R. Guy & Keith Fry ... ") and updating as best we can the numbers of such men and women admitted to the church roster. The magazine has touched on this decision nearly every month since the vote, including a running report on the...
  • ELCA bishops deny “opposing theologies”

    06/26/2011 3:54:41 PM PDT · by rhema · 13 replies
    Lutheran CORE ^ | June 2011
    Since the 2009 ELCA churchwide assembly 449 congregations have left the ELCA as of May 5, reports the ELCA Secretary. A few hundred more are in the process of taking votes to leave. In doing so the denomination‘s orthodoxy has been questioned. At the center of the questioning is the critique that there are two different and irreconcilable theologies at work in the ELCA—one that upholds the authority of Scripture over all matters of faith and life and one that does not. Yet today some ELCA bishops and leaders are arguing that there are no divergent theologies and that ELCA‘s...
  • A Church's Journey: Leaving the ELCA

    06/13/2011 5:30:10 PM PDT · by rhema · 12 replies
    Exposing the ELCA ^ | 06/12/2011
    Over 500 churches have left the ELCA over the last two years. With this in mind, Exposing the ELCA invited some congregations who have left the denomination to share their story, their experience, their journey. Here is the first, of what we hope to be many, stories posted: St. Paul Lutheran Church’s “Journey into the Light.” Read here. St. Paul Lutheran Church is in Oregon, IllinoisContact me if you are interested in telling us your congregation’s story.
  • St. Cloud Times Opinon Editor: With marriage amendment, no one wins

    05/30/2011 1:35:05 PM PDT · by SmithL · 39 replies
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | 5/30/11 | RANDY KREBS
    <p>That's my take on the Minnesota Legislature's decision to put on the 2012 ballot a constitutional amendment that bans gay marriage.</p> <p>Yes, I know. Technically, one side will win. Barring the need for a recount, on Nov. 7, 2012, either Minnesota will have beaten the odds and rejected this ban, or our state will join dozens of others in telling two gay, consenting adults that they are not entitled to the same legal status as two straight, consenting adults.</p>
  • NW Lower Michigan Marriage Resolution

    05/28/2011 6:40:14 AM PDT · by lightman · 17 replies
    ALPB Forum ^ | 28 May AD 2011 | Scott Yakimow
    Thought that folks might be interested in the marriage resolution that was defeated by the NW Lower MI synod (in a near 2:1 vote): RESOLUTION CONCERNING MARRIAGE Whereas, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) constitution clearly provides in Chapter 2, that the ELCA in all its expressions accepts “the canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testament as the inspired Word of God and the authoritative source and norm of its proclamation, faith, and life” and the Unaltered Augsburg Confession and the other confessional writings in the Book of Concord, as valid interpretations of the faith of the Church;...
  • 9/11 anniversary time for awareness, healing, says ELCA presiding bishop

    05/27/2011 4:33:47 PM PDT · by lightman · 16 replies
    ELCA News Service ^ | 27 May AD 2011 | John Brooks
    ELCA NEWS SERVICE May 27, 2011 9/11 anniversary time for awareness, healing, says ELCA presiding bishop 11-076-JB CHICAGO (ELCA) -- As the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States approaches, the Rev. Mark S. Hanson, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), invited members to reach out to ecumenical partners, as well as Muslim and Jewish partners, in planning commemorations. Hanson wrote in a May 24 letter that he prays members focus on "peace, justice and interfaith encounter." The presiding bishop's invitation was also accompanied by a series of resources for congregations...
  • New [NALC] Lutheran church sprouting roots in Menomonie

    05/22/2011 5:48:17 AM PDT · by rhema · 3 replies
    Eau Claire Leader Telegram ^ | May 21, 2011 | Christena T. O'Brien
    MENOMONIE - Each Sunday, the cafeteria at River Heights School is transformed into New Life Lutheran Church. Folding chairs are set up and lunch tables are pulled down to provide seating for the congregation and space for coffee, cookies and other goodies for post-service fellowship. Another table is set up in front of the folding chairs to serve as an altar, complete with a wooden cross made by parishioner and woodworker Art Alf, a banner with the church name is hung on the wall, and a piano is wheeled in to accompany songs during Sunday services. The church - a...
  • The Resolution of Revenge [The Apostate ELCA Empire is not amused]

    05/15/2011 4:18:26 AM PDT · by rhema · 15 replies
    Exposing the ELCA ^ | 5/13/11 | Rev. Cary G. Larson
    In spite of numerous scriptural support from the Old and New Testaments for Christians to not to seek vengeance or revenge, as this is a matter for God and God alone, members of the ELCA’s Southeastern Minnesota (SEMN) Synod apparently believe that God needs some assistance. On May 7th, the SEMN Synod’s assembly, entertained and voted on a resolution benignly titled “Resolution 2011-01:
ELCA Health and Benefits Program”. This resolution of revenge sought to recommend to the ELCA Church Council to seriously consider and adopt a policy of “removing from the Health and Benefits Program of the ELCA, clergy who have...
  • Following Jesus While Rejecting the Bible? Yet Another Tragedy in Mainline Protestantism

    05/14/2011 7:34:47 PM PDT · by rhema · 23 replies
    AlbertMohler.com ^ | 5/11/11 | Albert Mohler
    Yet another denomination has voted to ordain openly homosexual candidates to its ministry. Yesterday, the Presbyterian Church (USA) presbytery of the Twin Cities in Minnesota voted to approve a change to the church’s constitution that will allow the denomination’s 173 presbyteries to ordain persons without regard to sexual orientation. The Twin Cities presbytery cast the deciding vote in what is now a 33-year effort to remove all restrictions on homosexuals serving in the church’s ordained ministry. It became the 87th presbytery to affirm the action of the church’s 219th assembly last summer authorizing the constitutional change. The action not only...
  • How to Establish Authority in a Church

    05/10/2011 9:04:37 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 668 replies · 1+ views
    Catholic Culture ^ | 5/9/11 | Dr. Jeff Mirus
    I intended to give the poor Protestants a break, but now I read that the Lutherans are imploding or exploding, depending on your point of view. It seems that the two largest Lutheran “churches” in America have broken up, the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA). The first split occurred in the 1960’s and 1970’s after a long battle between resurgent conservatives and liberals, the latter including especially the faculty of Concordia Seminary. The liberal losers in the LCMS moved on to help shape the ELCA in the late 1980’s, but they crafted a...
  • A pastor's letter resigning from ELCA clergy roster

    04/20/2011 4:20:15 PM PDT · by rhema · 20 replies
    Common Confession ^ | APRIL 19, 2011 | Pastor David J. Baer
    April 12, 2011 Bishop David Zellmer South Dakota Synod ELCA Augustana College Sioux Falls, SD 57197 Bishop Dave: Thank you for the action of the South Dakota Synod Council in releasing Immanuel Lutheran Church of Whitewood from its affiliation with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Immanuel’s affiliation with the North American Lutheran Church better reflects the Biblical and theological commitments of the congregation. I believe that both God and the congregation have called me to serve Immanuel as its pastor and to continue to do so. I believe that God has called me to serve within the North American...
  • The Trials of American Lutheranism

    04/19/2011 4:47:47 PM PDT · by rhema · 11 replies · 2+ views
    First Things ^ | May 2011 | Robert Benne
    The two largest Lutheran churches in America have now broken up: the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS) in the 1960s and 1970s after a brutal conflict between insurgent conservatives and complacent liberals, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) in the last few years, as the predictable result of a flawed ecclesial foundation. While both stories are instructive in their own right, the striking thing about them is that they are compellingly connected. The refugees from the first conflict were instrumental in shaping the flawed foundation of the second. Further, those refugees from the LCMS aided those in the ELCA who...
  • In Budget Battle, Church Officials Fast against Cuts, Silent on Planned Parenthood

    04/18/2011 2:29:58 PM PDT · by rhema · 16 replies
    Institute for Religion and Democracy ^ | April 13, 2011 | Jeff Walton
    In announcing a Lenten fast “for a moral budget,” many Religious Left officials are arguing against federal budget cuts but are silent about ongoing federal support for organizations like abortion provider Planned Parenthood. According to Democratic and Republican sources quoted by the Washington Post, both the Planned Parenthood funding, as well as Medicaid funds for abortions in the District of Columbia, figured prominently in budget negotiations. Religious groups participating in the “budget fast” include the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Hunger Program, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Lutheran World Relief, Sojourners and World...
  • (ELC in) AMERICA PIE

    04/14/2011 12:40:33 PM PDT · by lightman · 7 replies
    ALPB Forum ^ | 14 April AD 2011 | Marshall Hahn
    A long, long time ago, I can still remember how the ELCA made my smile. And I thought; well, now this’ll do, A church united, good and true, And maybe we’ll be faithful for a while. But Minneapolis made me shudder, With every word the bishop uttered, Bad news from the floor vote, We couldn’t find one more vote. I can’t remember what I said As the storm was raging overhead, But something touched me deep inside The day our confession died. So bye, bye, to the ELCA. I wrote a letter to the bishop saying I just can’t stay....
  • Report on ELCA Church in Wisconsin [ELCA bishop tries to hold "forced" service; church says no]

    04/07/2011 4:17:42 PM PDT · by rhema · 8 replies
    The following is a report written by Dean Kallenbach about Grace Lutheran Church in Eau Claire, WI. Two days after 56% of the congregation voted to leave the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (falling short of the 67% required by the constitution), the congregation council of Grace Lutheran Church voted tonight to join Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC). The council, before an overflow crowd in its church parlors, approved a motion that would have the congregation dually affiliate with LCMC and ELCA. Proponents of the measure said action needed to be taken to demonstrate to the 288 people...
  • Grace, ELCA vote turning ugly

    03/27/2011 1:18:00 PM PDT · by rhema · 13 replies
    Eau Claire Leader-Telegram ^ | 3/26/11 | Christena T. O'Brien
    One of the pastors at Grace Lutheran Church believes other area clergy are trying to influence members of his Eau Claire congregation in an attempt to keep them from leaving the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. "ELCA churches are leaving, and as leaders watch, they are trying to develop strategies to throw up roadblocks," said the Rev. Rolf Nestingen, who charges neighboring ELCA pastors of doing just that and says their interference is in violation of the Northwest Synod of Wisconsin constitution. The Rev. Kurt Jacobson of Trinity Lutheran Church in Eau Claire and other area ELCA pastors don't deny...
  • Episcopal Church joins ELCA, Anglican Church in Canada, ELCC to celebrate 10-year anniversary...

    03/23/2011 1:04:35 PM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies
    Episcopal Church joins Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Anglican Church in Canada, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada to celebrate 10-year anniversary of full communion on May 1 -- The Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will join with their Canadian counterparts - the Anglican Church in Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada - to celebrate 10 years of the full communion relationship in an international way on May 1. Called to Common Mission, for full communion between the Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and the similar Canadian document, The Waterloo Declaration,...
  • Augustana will host its 2nd annual White Privilege Summit

    03/22/2011 3:16:39 PM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies
    Rock Island, Ill. –Morris Dees, a lawyer who has led controversial cases against the KKK, neo-Nazis and domestic terrorist groups since the late 1960s, will discuss his legendary battle for justice on Thursday, March 31, at 10:30 a.m. in Centennial Hall (3703 7th Avenue). His lecture, "With Justice for All," will be part of Augustana's second annual White Privilege Summit, a community event designed to spur discussion about race, privilege, inequality, and the fight for social justice. The lecture is free and open to the public.
  • ELCA Board of Pensions Prepares to Open Redesigned Annuity

    03/21/2011 8:53:32 PM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies
    CHICAGO (ELCA) -- The Board of Pensions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) plans to reopen its Participating Annuity Fund for new entrants this year, said John G. Kapanke, president of the ELCA Board of Pensions. Kapanke made the announcement during the organization's board of trustees meeting here March 10-13. The Board of Pension's Participating Annuity and Bridge Fund was closed to new entrants in 2009 because of the sharp decline in global financial markets. Kapanke said the Bridge component of the fund will not be reopened when the Participating Annuity Fund is reopened. The "funded ratio" --...
  • ELCA BAPTIZED MEMBERSHIP LOSSES BY STATES.

    03/20/2011 3:58:57 PM PDT · by rhema · 36 replies
    DavidBarnhart.com ^ | March 18, 2011 | David Barnhart
    In some cases a state represents a complete ELCA synod, while other states have more than one synod. There are several synods with congregations in more than one state. These losses are based on congregations posted on my blog that have successfully taken one or both of their votes to leave the ELCA. The total of ELCA baptized membership losses in all states is 267,140 from 418 congregations that have taken two successful votes and from 92 congregations that have taken one successful vote, with second vote pending. Figures are based on reports from ELCA’s 2011 Yearbook. Alaska 244 Arizona...
  • What Did Not Happen at the 2009 CWA

    03/18/2011 6:02:42 PM PDT · by lightman · 3 replies
    American Lutheran Publicity Bureau Forum ^ | 18 March AD 2011 | Marshall Hahn
    At the Conference of Bishops Academy on January 6, 2011, Dr. Walter Taylor was asked to give a presentation on the concerns of those "troubled by the use of the Bible in Churchwide 2009 documents and decisions." He presented 11 points outlining "what did not happen" at the 2009 Churchwide Assembly. (Pr. Tony Metz listed these on his blog, "The Bible Is God's Word - Lutheran Style." I contacted Dr. Taylor to be sure these were accurate, and they are.) His 11 points: 1. What did not happen: adequate use of the Bible, especially the Old Testament. 2. What did...
  • The Politicization of Academia: Women's Studies.

    03/12/2011 11:19:08 AM PST · by rhema · 25 replies
    CampusReform.org ^ | Nov 09, 2010 | Phil Cleary
    Critics of CampusReform.org often charge that the "leftist abuses and biases" that it helps students fight back against are imaginary and exist only within the spheres of right-wing extremist imaginations. The problem with that criticism is that there is often blatent evidence pointing to the contrary. Take for example the Gustavus Adolphus College (GAC) Gender, Women, and Sexuality (GWS) Studies Department. You can access Gustavus academic catalog on the Gustavus website gustavus.edu. Click on the academics tab in the upper left and scroll down to the page for the GWS department. When you click on the resources section for the...
  • Police called to Holy Cross Thursday night { ELCA Exodus }

    03/11/2011 1:21:21 PM PST · by SmithL · 6 replies
    American News (SD) ^ | 3/11/11 | Jeff Bahr
    Two Aberdeen police officers were called to a meeting Thursday night at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, which is considering leaving the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The second vote on the issue will be taken this Sunday at 10 a.m. Jack Hieb, president of the church’s congregation council, asked that the police be called during the meeting, which was held in the Fellowship Hall. The meeting was held to give individuals the opportunity to be considered members for Sunday’s election, Hieb said. He said he knew the meeting was going to be contentious. Two people, he said, continued to disrupt...
  • 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.
  • San Francisco Congregation Returns to the ELCA

    03/05/2011 1:04:48 PM PST · by SmithL · 10 replies
    CHICAGO (ELCA) -- St. Francis Lutheran Church, San Francisco, rejoined the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) late last month by ratifying a new constitution and celebrating its return in a special worship service Feb. 27. The Rev. Mark W. Holmerud, bishop of the ELCA Sierra Pacific Synod, Sacramento, preached and formally received the congregation, describing the service as "joyous, healing and celebrative." In 1990 St. Francis called the Rev. Ruth Frost and the Rev. Phyllis Zillhart as its pastors. At the time, both were not eligible for the ELCA clergy roster because church policy did not allow people in...
  • BISHOP HERBERT CHILSTROM’S LETTER TO THOSE LEAVING THE ELCA: PASTOR DAVID R. BARNHART RESPONDS

    03/01/2011 8:03:47 AM PST · by rhema · 14 replies
    David Barnhart ^ | 3/1/11 | David Barnhart
    In an open letter to those withdrawing from the ELCA, Bishop Herbert Chilstrom, first bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), asked three questions: 1. What is it about sex that pushed you over the edge? 2. Why are you organizing new churches? 3. What will you say to your sons and daughters, sisters and brothers and others in your churches when they tell you they are homosexual? Even though Bishop Chilstrom’s questions are uncharacteristically sarcastic in tone and obviously intended to ridicule those who do not agree with him, I will attempt to answer his questions with...
  • ELCA FORCES CLOSURE OF ANOTHER CHURCH

    03/01/2011 7:53:57 AM PST · by rhema · 7 replies
    David Barnhart ^ | David Barnhart
    Just how many churches of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) await the fate of Grace Lutheran Church, North Branch, NY? The membership of the church had been dwindling for several years and finances had been a challenge, but members of Grace Lutheran Church were shocked when they received a letter from their ELCA synod that began “In the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" and continued “the Synod will take control of the real and personal property of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church.” Grace Lutheran members were shocked even more when the ELCA changed the locks on...
  • I need some help/advice for tomorrow

    02/26/2011 7:13:13 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 129 replies
    BTLD | 2/26/11 | BTLD
    I need some input/help as to what I am going to say and ask when the adult forum at my local church (ELCA) invites a local imam to speak. From last week's bulletin... "A few weeks ago the 7th grade Confirmation class and their parents visited the the Islamic Institute of Minnesota--Al-Salam Mosque in Maplewood. The gentleman who spoke to the group was so informative that it was suggested that he speak during the Adult Education time this Sunday. Samir Saikali, acting Imam will be speaking on “What Everyone Should Know About Islam and Muslims.” It will be a presentation...
  • Congregants infuriated by loss of their church in North Branch

    02/27/2011 9:02:35 AM PST · by SmithL · 9 replies
    Times Herald-Record ^ | 2/27/11 | Steve Israel
    No wonder they say their church was stolen from them – by the leaders of the faith they practiced, the same leaders who changed the locks to keep them out of that church. Their forefathers built their North Branch church in 1934 with two by fours cut from trees they felled here in western Sullivan County. Their mothers and fathers, grandfathers and grandmothers were baptized, married and laid to rest in their church set among the pine trees in this hamlet tucked in the snowy mountains of the western Catskills. And when local children couldn't afford winter coats to keep...
  • UPDATE: ELCA issues revised statement on genetics and faith

    02/24/2011 4:28:31 PM PST · by SmithL · 10 replies
    Grand Forks Herald ^ | 2/24/11 | Stephen J. Lee
    The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America released today a proposed social statement, “Genetics, Faith and Responsibility,” revised somewhat since a draft last year raised controversy among members who said it rejected modern farming practices such as genetically-modified seed. The issue perhaps is germane in that the Red River Valley’s sugar beet farmers are waiting to hear if they will be allowed to use GMO seeds this spring, or if a court battle and new federal regulations will make it impossible. A growing percentage of the corn and soybeans raised in the region also is genetically engineered to be immune to...
  • 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...
  • Excising Luther from Lutheranism

    02/18/2011 2:40:16 AM PST · by rhema · 14 replies
    RedState.com ^ | 2/15/11 | Luke Matthews
    I had wondered why my parents no longer consider themselves part of the Lutheran church. Now I know. Bishop Peter Rogness, the St. Paul synod leader of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, just gave me my answer. Rogness wrote a paean to collectivism in a February 6, 2011 StarTribune letter titled, “Government is not the enemy.” While I don’t believe the government should be the enemy, nor that it is inherently against the people, the collectivist ideology as espoused by Rogness is definitely steering the institution in that direction. Rogness expressed a philosophy that neatly and succinctly extracts everything Martin Luther,...
  • Confessions of a Lutheran Refugee

    02/16/2011 2:32:48 PM PST · by rhema · 16 replies
    Mere Comments ^ | Sept. '09 | Lars Walker
    The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (as you doubtless know) decided, last month, to bless same-sex relationships, and to allow open homosexuals (if monogamous) to serve as clergy. I'm sure this action will lead to a perceptible (possibly dramatic) exodus of conservative churches and individuals from the denomination. I approve of this, and encourage it. Still, I can already hear the accusations coming from the ELCA liberals and homosexual activists—“This isn’t about truth! It’s about hate! You people just can’t get past your homophobia!” And in a sense, I understand the criticism. One might reasonably ask, “Why now? Has this...
  • Doctrinal discord divides Lutherans

    02/14/2011 11:16:02 AM PST · by lightman · 18 replies
    Rapid City Journay ^ | 13 February AD 2011 | Mary Garrigan
    Doctrinal discord divides Lutherans Mary Garrigan Journal staff Rapid City Journal | Posted: Sunday, February 13, 2011 7:00 am Unlike the creation story in the Book of Genesis from which it takes its name, Genesis Lutheran Church had a more secular beginning. It was birthed by a small group of people who left Piedmont Valley Lutheran Church over their growing disaffection with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s policies on homosexuality. Genesis is the first Rapid City-based church to be affiliated with the newest Lutheran denomination, the North American Lutheran Church. It began meeting in members’ homes on Dec. 5...
  • 2 S.F. Lutheran churches win fight for gay pastors { ELCA }

    02/13/2011 8:11:13 AM PST · by SmithL · 17 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/13/11 | Justin Berton, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Two San Francisco Lutheran congregations were at the center of a battle of biblical proportions with their national church 16 years ago.First United Lutheran Church in the Tenderloin had ordained an openly gay pastor in 1990. In Duboce Triangle, St. Francis Lutheran Church had ordained two lesbian pastors that same year. Both actions flew in the face of the policies and beliefs of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and after a five-year fight, the denomination cut the two churches loose.The San Francisco churches survived and stuck by their beliefs - the national denomination eventually changed. In 2009, leaders of...
  • NALC Receives $1 Million Gift for Missions, Theological Education

    02/12/2011 4:55:20 AM PST · by rhema · 7 replies
    David Barnhart.com ^ | 2/11/11 | David Barnhart
    COLUMBUS, Ohio — The North American Lutheran Church (NALC) has received a $1 million gift that will expand the new church body’s work in carrying out its mission and in training and educating its pastors, the NALC announced Thursday, Feb. 10. The NALC will use the gift to launch two designated funds that will be significant for the church body’s future. One fund will support theological education — the training and continuing education of NALC pastors. The other fund will be used to provide “Great Commission Grants” to fund special mission projects, including new congregation starts, missionaries, and other initiatives...
  • The [ELCA's] Formula for Failure

    02/10/2011 8:33:58 AM PST · by rhema · 23 replies
    Common Sense for a Senseless World ^ | FEBRUARY 9, 2011 | Don Kriefall
    “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people, all of the time.” A quote sometimes attributed to P. T. Barnum and sometimes to Abraham Lincoln. One of the surest methods one can choose that will inevitably cause one to fail, is to try to please everyone. Just as one cannot fool all of the people all of the time, one also cannot please everyone. The leadership of the ELCA wants to affirm anyone who wants their sinful behavior accepted as...
  • Another church votes to break from ELCA

    02/06/2011 4:19:12 AM PST · by rhema · 23 replies
    Brenham Banner Press ^ | 2/5/11 | ALLISON P. SMITH
    St. Matthew Lutheran Church of Sandy Hill became the second church in Washington County to break away from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. Theh congregation voted 71-1 Jan. 30 to dissolve its ties with ELCA. St. Matthew Lutheran voted to join the Lutheran Congregation in Mission for Christ which has over 500 churches across America and Canada. “The LCMC was formed about 12 years ago due to large numbers of Lutherans believing the ELCA teachings had departed from scripture,” St. Matthew council president Stanley Sommer said. “These Lutherans desired a more traditional church body like the one they grew...