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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 ^ | 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...

    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...