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  • Bishop's Article: Northeastern Ohio Synod

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

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

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

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

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

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

    11/19/2009 6:47:31 PM PST · by lightman · 8 replies · 735+ views
    Evangelical Lutheran Church in America ^ | 19 November AD 2009 | Mark S. Hanson
    Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand. -- Romans 5:1-2a November 19, 2009 Sisters and brothers in Christ of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, I greet you with the words of the apostle Paul to the Romans: "Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand" (Romans 5:1-2a). Where does the Evangelical Lutheran Church in...
  • ELCA will not allow synods to maintain traditional standards

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    10/02/2009 4:46:22 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 101 replies · 2,564+ views
    Life News ^ | 10/2/09 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- A coalition of mainline Protestant churches have authored a letter to members of Congress asking them to make certain the health care bills they are considering contain taxpayer funding for abortions. The letter comes from a group of churches that have long advocated the pro-abortion position. Under the umbrella of the Religious Institute, the church denominations and more than 1,100 pastors and church staff from the denominations endorsed the letter. The letter calls abortion a “morally justifiable decision” and opposed any amendments to the House and Senate bills, which current contain massive abortion funding, to strike...
  • Minneapolis church votes to leave ELCA over gay clergy

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

    09/23/2009 3:51:29 PM PDT · by lightman · 33 replies · 1,213+ views
    Evangelical Lutheran Church in America ^ | 23 September AD 2009 | Mark S. Hanson
    September 23, 2009 Dear Colleague in Ministry, "And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly." (Colossians 3:15-16a) I give thanks to God for your faithful leadership and your committed partnership in the gospel. I am mindful of the varied responses to churchwide assembly actions on human sexuality -- joy, anger, hope, confusion, ambivalence, perhaps even detachment. In this letter please join me in reflecting on our witness together as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, particularly...
  • Lutheran bishop warns about withholding donations

    09/23/2009 2:12:10 PM PDT · by george76 · 79 replies · 3,867+ views
    Associated Press ^ | September 23, 2009
    The presiding bishop of the nation's largest Lutheran denomination warned Wednesday that withholding financial support to protest a recent gay clergy vote would be "devastating" to the church. Bishop Mark Hanson laid out his concerns in a letter to leaders of the 4.7 million-member Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, which is based in Chicago. The ELCA churchwide assembly voted last month to allow gays and lesbians in committed relationships to serve as clergy, dropping a requirement that gay clergy remain celibate. The Rev. Mark Chavez, director of Lutheran CORE, said the gay clergy vote was the devastating event — "a...
  • 'Ears to hear'? [The ELCA doesn't have them]

    09/22/2009 2:16:34 PM PDT · by rhema · 11 replies · 1,225+ views
    WordAlone Network ^ | September 15, 2009 | Mark C. Chavez
    The 2009 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Churchwide Assembly made grievous decisions that will not help the denomination in the years ahead. Those decisions were the adoption of a social statement on sexuality and four resolutions that approve of sexual relationships outside of marriage and direct a change in the ELCA’s ministry standards to allow for practicing homosexuals to serve as ordained pastors and lay ministers. One biblical phrase kept coming to mind in the weeks leading up to the ELCA churchwide assembly and very often during the August assembly—“ears to hear.” The phrase occurs repeatedly in the Old and...
  • Two San Francisco Congregations Weigh Possible ELCA Reinstatement

    09/18/2009 1:16:30 PM PDT · by lightman · 16 replies · 686+ views
    E:LCA News Service ^ | 18 September AD 2009 | Frank Irons
    CHICAGO (ELCA) -- Two independent Lutheran congregations in San Francisco watched the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Churchwide Assembly in Minneapolis with special interest. St. Francis Lutheran Church and First United Lutheran Church were expelled from the ELCA in 1995 for violating church standards the assembly voted to change. The 2009 Churchwide Assembly approved a series of proposals to change the denomination's ministry policies, including a policy to allow Lutherans in publicly accountable, lifelong, monogamous, same-gender relationships to serve as ELCA associates in ministry, clergy, deaconesses and diaconal ministers. "What does this mean?" was a question asked at council...
  • How the ELCA Left the Great Tradition for Liberal Protestantism

    09/04/2009 6:14:42 PM PDT · by rhema · 29 replies · 1,909+ views
    Christianity Today ^ | 9/02/2009 | Robert Benne
    There is no authoritative biblical or theological guidance in the church. There are only many voices. During last week's biennial Church Wide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the church affirmed major policy recommendations to allow for the blessing of same-sex unions (which practice will soon inflate to same-sex marriage) and the rostering of gay and lesbian pastors in partnered relationships. Earlier in the week it also passed by one vote—out of over 1,000 total votes cast—a Social Statement on Sexuality that admitted there was no consensus on the moral evaluation of homosexual conduct, and offered no...
  • ELCA Churchwide Organization Begins Revising Its Ministry Policies

    08/27/2009 8:43:55 PM PDT · by lightman · 13 replies · 1,015+ views
    ELCA News Service ^ | 27 August AD 2009 | Staff
    ELCA Churchwide Organization Begins Revising Its Ministry Policies 09-189-FI CHICAGO (ELCA) -- The 2009 Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) directed that ministry policies be revised to eliminate prohibitions against partnered gay and lesbian members serving as lay and ordained leaders of the church. When the policy documents have been revised, congregations will have the option of calling a person in a publicly accountable, lifelong, monogamous same-gender relationship, but they will not be required to do so, said the Rev. Stanley N. Olson, executive director, ELCA Vocation and Education. The assembly also directed that the policies...
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Succumbs to Heresy

    08/23/2009 2:23:37 PM PDT · by tcg · 38 replies · 2,293+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 8/24/09 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    What happened is that representatives of the ECLA succumbed to heresy. Oh, I can hear it now, “how dare he say such a thing?” Because… it is true, and there is nothing compassionate about failing to help fellow Christians to reject error. Christians abandoning the clear teaching of the Sacred Scriptures and the unbroken Christian Tradition is not a new phenomenon in the 2000 year history of the Christian Church. What is new is the massive support that such a sad turn of events receives from this kind of media report. ... All one has to do is look to...
  • PASTORAL LETTER FROM PRESIDING BISHOP MARK HANSON

    08/23/2009 12:21:30 PM PDT · by lightman · 34 replies · 1,354+ views
    Evangelical Lutheran Church in America ^ | 22 August AD 2009 | The Rev. Mark S. Hanson
    PASTORAL LETTER FROM PRESIDING BISHOP MARK HANSON August 22, 2009 Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ: Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. -- Colossians 3:14-15 I write to you from the 2009 ELCA Churchwide Assembly in Minneapolis with official information about the actions of this assembly related to human sexuality. I am grateful for the manner in which this church has engaged in this conversation. The way this assembly has...
  • Pastor Blames Tornado On Church's Vote On Gays

    08/21/2009 1:04:45 PM PDT · by SmithL · 15 replies · 1,538+ views
    Much of the damage may be gone but there's a lot of blame left behind after a tornado touchdown in downtown Minneapolis. The storm struck the cross at Central Lutheran Church. Crews spent Thursday removing it from the steeple. Some bloggers say what happened to the church is a reaction from God to what's going on across the street. John Piper the pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, wrote in a blog: "the tornado in Minneapolis was a gentle but firm warning to the ELCA and all of us: Turn from the approval of sin." Nearly 2,000 Lutherans from...
  • ELCA Assembly Thursday morning: apologies and offenses

    08/20/2009 11:11:44 AM PDT · by lightman · 6 replies · 1,017+ views
    American Lutheran Publicity Bureau ^ | 20 August AD 2009 | Richard O. Johnson
    The Assembly began with breakfast and “table talk,” small group discussion around tables, and then they convened in plenary As the public session began, two speakers expressed great concern that following the adoption of the social statement yesterday, there was loud applause and cheers. It was noted that our rules declare this kind of response to be out of order, and the PB did nothing to call the assembly to order. The cheers were hurtful to those whose “bound conscience” were sorely wounded. The PB agreed, and apologized for his mistake. Kirsten --- (didn’t get her name or synod) urged...
  • Lutherans move toward more open view on gays

    08/19/2009 5:13:02 PM PDT · by Cheap_Hessian · 33 replies · 1,104+ views
    Breitbart (AP) ^ | August 19, 2009 | Patrick Condon
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Leaders of the country's largest Lutheran denomination have moved toward a more welcoming view of homosexuality. Delegates of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, meeting in Minneapolis, approved a "social statement on human sexuality" on Wednesday that acknowledges differing views on homosexuality among congregations. It says the ELCA is strong enough to accommodate such differences.
  • Press Conference - ELCA Churchwide Assembly

    08/17/2009 12:29:07 PM PDT · by lightman · 23 replies · 743+ views
    American Lutheran Publicity Bureau ^ | 17 August AD 2009 | Richard O. Johnson
    Press Conference The press conference began with an overview of the assembly from Bp. Hanson. We begin in a “spirit of confident hope.” The story has not yet been written, but it will be written this week. “We have an opportunity . . . to bear witness to a culture that often wants to polarize.” We are “not always of one mind, but united in faith.” That unity is exhibited first and foremost in worship. ELCA will consider AIDS and Malaria strategies. Each day we’ll study scripture, hear it read, sung, debated. We will consider continuing our ecumenical engagement by...
  • L.A. Episcopal leaders nominate 2 openly gay, lesbian priests as bishops

    08/02/2009 5:13:37 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 34 replies · 2,397+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 2, 2009 | Duke Helfand
    Episcopal Church leaders in Los Angeles today nominated an openly gay priest and an openly lesbian priest as bishops, becoming one of the first dioceses in the national church to test a controversial new policy that lifted a de facto ban on gays and lesbians in the ordained hierarchy. The nominations of the Rev. John L. Kirkley of San Francisco and the Rev. Canon Mary Douglas Glasspool of a Baltimore-based diocese are likely to further inflame theological conservatives in the U.S. church and their global partners in the Anglican Communion, who have repeatedly warned about the repercussions of such action....
  • Diocese of Minnesota Nominates Partnered Lesbian for Bishop [Episcopal Gay Church Alert]

    08/01/2009 3:01:49 PM PDT · by kaehurowing · 17 replies · 743+ views
    Stand Firm in Faith ^ | August 1, 2009 | Greg Griffith
    Barely two weeks after General Convention, the Diocese of Minnesota has nominated Bonnie Perry, a partnered lesbian, for bishop. Integrity is "delighted" at the news, saying that "the actions of our General Convention will put a sad chapter of discrimination against the LGBT baptized behind us."
  • Episcopal church to affirm gay clergy

    07/13/2009 9:18:18 PM PDT · by SmithL · 29 replies · 1,105+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 7/13/9 | RACHEL ZOLL, AP Religion Writer
    The Episcopal Church moved Monday toward affirming their acceptance of gays and lesbians for all roles in ministry, despite pressure from fellow Anglicans worldwide for a decisive moratorium on consecrating another openly gay bishop. Bishops at the Episcopal General Convention in Anaheim, Calif., voted 99-45 with two abstentions for a statement declaring "God has called and may call" to ministry gays in committed lifelong relationships. Lay and priest delegates to the meeting had comfortably approved a nearly identical statement, and were expected to adopt the latest version before the meeting ends Friday. Leaders of the Anglican Communion have been pushing...
  • Money, Sex, Indaba: Corrupting the Anglican Communion Listening Process

    06/15/2009 8:30:02 PM PDT · by Huber · 14 replies · 541+ views
    The American Anglican Council ^ | June 15, 2009 | Ralinda B. Gregor
    The next stage of the Anglican Communion's attempt to resolve its differences over theology, sexuality and the authority of scripture will involve more "listening processes," but this time those processes will be paid for by a retired Episcopal priest who advocates same-sex blessings. The money given by the Episcopal priest will be monitored by a group of sex "experts" who advocate a vision of sexual freedom and "justice" that bears little resemblance to mainstream Christian doctrine or tradition, and at least one of these "experts" believes that pornography, bestiality, and multiple sex partners are not inherently harmful or wrong. Working...
  • Episcopal bishop in Father Cutie saga has history of making waves

    06/09/2009 3:33:26 PM PDT · by Unam Sanctam · 5 replies · 431+ views
    Palm Beach Post ^ | 6/8/09 | Jaweed Kaleem
    It was the made-for-TV ending to a weeks-long saga of fame and faith: Alberto Cutié, the telegenic priest embroiled in a magazine-photo scandal, would leave the Roman Catholic Church to become an Episcopalian - and would marry his girlfriend of two years. But when Cutié's new bishop, the Right Rev. Leo Frade, stood inside Miami's Trinity Cathedral to announce the news to dozens of international reporters, he created his own waves. The "Inquisition is over,'' Frade said in widely broadcast remarks after Catholic Archbishop John C. Favalora admonished him for a disrespectful "public display.'' The style is typical of Frade's...
  • Tiller’s missing excommunication (LCMS)

    06/08/2009 10:08:40 AM PDT · by markomalley · 158 replies · 2,590+ views
    Get Religion ^ | 6/8/2009 | Mollie Ziegler
    Last Sunday, late-term abortion doctor George Tiller was gunned down in the foyer of his Lutheran church, where he served as an usher. As anyone with even a cursory understanding of Lutheranism in America could surmise, that church was a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. Of the various Lutheran church bodies in America, the ELCA is the most mainline and has the most supportive position on legalized abortion.As soon as the terrible news about Tiller’s murder hit the wire, many bloggers and liberal pundits noted that Tiller’s active church membership was at odds with the stereotype...
  • (Episcopal) Bishop who took in Alberto Cutié unafraid of making waves (UNADULTERATED BARF ALERT)

    06/08/2009 10:25:57 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies · 447+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 6/8/2009 | JAWEED KALEEM
    It was the made-for-TV ending to a weeks-long saga of fame and faith: Alberto Cutié, the telegenic priest embroiled in a magazine-photo scandal, would leave the Roman Catholic church to become an Episcopalian -- and would marry his girlfriend of two years.But when Cutié's new bishop, the Rt. Rev. Leo Frade, stood inside Miami's Trinity Cathedral to announce the news to dozens of international reporters, he created his own waves.The ''Inquisition is over,'' Frade said in widely broadcast remarks after Catholic Archbishop John C. Favalora admonished him for a disrespectful ``public display.''The style is typical of Frade's nine-year tenure,...
  • What Kind of Church Accepts Dr. George Tiller?

    06/07/2009 2:56:42 PM PDT · by lewisglad · 176 replies · 4,604+ views
    The Kansas City Star ^ | June 7, 2009 - 11:29am. | By Barb Shelly
    News of Dr. George Tiller's death was only hours old last week when bloggers began asking the question: What kind of church accepts a doctor who performs abortions into its membership? "I wonder what kind, if any, preaching against sin this church did since Tiller felt welcomed there," opined Blue Collar Todd, who declares on his blog that "liberalism, or sometimes called progressivism, is a false religion that stands in total antithesis to biblical Christianity." Todd has already made up his mind, and so have others who called or e-mailed me this week to criticize a column I wrote describing...
  • Boston Vigil for Dr. Tiller [Episcopalians Mourn Abortionist]

    06/01/2009 7:12:30 PM PDT · by kaehurowing · 22 replies · 970+ views
    feministing.com ^ | June 1, 2009 | meganjpeterson
    Boston Vigil for Dr. Tiller Join the Boston community in sharing our grief and celebrating the life of Dr. George Tiller, a true hero for women across the country. Monday, June 1st 6pm St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral 138 Tremont St., Boston Across from the Park St. T stop Please help us spread the word via email, Facebook, Twitter, and texts. Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=88629078374&ref=nf Twitter hashtag: #BostonVigil and #Tiller (this one is attracting some unpleasant tweets, however) Dr. Tiller was shot and killed Sunday morning while serving as an usher at his church in Witchita, Kansas. Since the 1970s, Dr. Tiller...
  • Episcopal Church Fires 61 Priests For Opposing Gay Church Leaders

    05/27/2009 8:14:20 PM PDT · by cakid1 · 51 replies · 1,753+ views
    CBS47 NEWS ^ | 5-27-09 | cakid1
    Episcopal Church fires 61 priests and deacons in the Central Valley. Part of the reason, is they followed former Bishop John David Schofield when he rebuked the national church for its stance on the ordination of gays into the priesthood. The 61 clergy had six months to deny or recant their stance against...
  • Gay Marriage Supporters To Hold Prayer Service

    05/25/2009 3:59:31 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 44 replies · 1,466+ views
    CBS 13 SACRAMENTO ^ | 25 MAY 2009 | AP
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) ― Gay marriage supporters are holding a prayer service on the eve of the California Supreme Court's expected ruling on the legality of a voter-approved ban on same-sex nuptials. The group Marriage Equality USA plans to hold the interfaith event Monday night at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. On Tuesday morning, the state's high court plans to rule on a series of lawsuits seeking to overturn Proposition 8. Opponents of the gay marriage ban argue that the issue was improperly put before voters; they say it revised the state constitution's equal protection clause to such a dramatic...
  • Waving God Goodbye -- The Tale of the Unbelieving Bishop

    05/22/2009 9:02:44 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 21 replies · 895+ views
    www.albertmohler.com ^ | 5/22/09 | Albert Mohler
    Richard Holloway is a Bishop of the Scottish Episcopal Church. There seems to be on obvious problem -- he doesn't believe in God. In the Scottish Episcopal Church, that must not be a problem.
  • Clergy to lobby on Hill for gay rights

    05/05/2009 9:53:10 AM PDT · by meandog · 8 replies · 411+ views
    The U.S. Episcopal Church's first openly gay bishop is among hundreds of clergy members urging Congress to support gay rights, including the passage of an expanded hate crimes bill that would give gay victims of violence new federal protections. Bishop V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire and more than 300 clergy of various faiths plan to spend Tuesday on Capitol Hill lobbying lawmakers to push through a bill that broadens the definition of hate crimes to include those motivated by a person's sexual orientation, gender identity and disability. The legislation was passed by the House last week. Clergy also will...
  • The ELCA's Widening Chasm Over Homosexuality

    05/05/2009 11:08:28 AM PDT · by SmithL · 44 replies · 1,261+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 5/5/9 | Rev. C.J. Conner
    Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Saint Paul, Minnesota is a congregation of the more conservative Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod. It is not unusual these days to find families leaving the ELCA to join the church. However, a new member’s class at Bethlehem Lutheran is an unusual place to find young men from the ELCA’s Luther Seminary in Saint Paul. Pastor of the Church, Robert Krueger, says that he sees more ELCA students coming to his traditional and liturgical congregation. “They all have expressed a disappointment in the direction the ELCA is going, and its general disregard for the Bible as...
  • Atheist Minister?

    05/04/2009 10:54:42 PM PDT · by Blind Eye Jones · 35 replies · 1,067+ views
    vanity | Blind Eye Jones
    The minister of my wife's church is an atheist -- for all I can discern from the men's spirituality group that I attend. He is/was a communist (worked in south America with a Marxist teacher), is a Buddhist and also hates the rich. We are reading "The Bible" by Karen Armstrong and the minister keeps reiterating that Biblical interpretation is just all opinion -- like Karen's position --- that it is just poetry or myth. I asked if some of the members believe in heaven and they said no. I asked the minister the same question and he said "what...
  • Episcopal Church sues to regain control of Fort Worth-area buildings held by breakaway group

    04/16/2009 7:47:25 PM PDT · by PAR35 · 6 replies · 404+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | April 15, 2009 | SAM HODGES
    The Episcopal Church filed suit Tuesday to regain control of Fort Worth-area church buildings and other property held by a breakaway contingent led by Bishop Jack Iker. "We're stewards of property that has been given for generations to the Episcopal Church. We can't just let people walk off with it," said Kathleen Wells, chancellor for the reorganized Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth. The suit was filed in Tarrant County district court and names Iker as a defendant, among others. -snip-
  • Gay, Pro-Abortion Episcopal Seminary Pres.'Worst of Post-Modern Church'

    04/13/2009 3:24:40 PM PDT · by tcg · 39 replies · 2,005+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 4/14/09 | David W. Virtue
    The announcement that the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA, has chosen a lesbian, pro-abortion president to lead the seminary has sent shock waves around the Anglican Communion. The appointment of Katherine Hancock Ragsdale highlights a week that also saw TEC bishop-elect Kevin Thew Forrester replace a reading from the New Testament with a reading from the Quran at St. Paul's Marquette, Michigan. One wonders what Episcopal boundaries and barriers have yet to be crossed that the dying embers of historic Christianity could possibly fan into life. That the Diocese of Massachusetts has a functioning transgendered priest complete with a...
  • "Abortion is a Blessing": US Episcopalian Lesbian Minister Appointed to Head Prestigious Seminary

    04/02/2009 4:16:33 PM PDT · by topher · 45 replies · 1,488+ views
    Thursday April 2, 2009 "Abortion is a Blessing": US Episcopalian Lesbian Minister Appointed to Head Prestigious Seminary By Hilary WhiteApril 2, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Katherine Hancock Ragsdale, an openly lesbian minister in the American Episcopal Church, has caused a stir on the internet with a sermon, posted to her weblog, in which she called abortion a "blessing" and called for the suppression of rights of conscience for health care workers. In her sermon, titled, "Our Work is Not Done," she wrote that there should be no restrictions whatever on abortion: "If we were to find that, while we were...
  • Three Members of the Task Force for ELCA Studies on Sexuality Share Dissent

    04/02/2009 11:40:25 AM PDT · by lightman · 9 replies · 567+ views
    ELCA News Service ^ | 2 April AD 2009 | Melissa Ramirez-Cooper
    Three Members of the Task Force for ELCA Studies on Sexuality Share Dissent 09-080-MRC CHICAGO (ELCA) -- Three members of the Task Force for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's (ELCA) Studies on Sexuality issued a public statement March 28 to express their dissent over the content of two documents released by the task force. The chair of the task force responded to the statement. On Feb. 19 the task force released a proposed social statement on human sexuality and a report recommending a process to consider changes to ministry policies that could make it possible for Lutherans in committed...
  • ELCA Recommendation on Ministry Policies

    03/30/2009 11:33:59 AM PDT · by lightman · 31 replies · 733+ views
    Lutherans Concerned-North America ^ | 30 March AD 2009 | ELCA Staff
    ELCA Recommendation on Ministry Policies Background: The Report and Recommendation on Ministry Policies was requested by the 2007 Churchwide Assembly, which asked that the Task Force for the ELCA Studies on Sexuality "address and make recommendations on changes to any polices that preclude practicing homosexual persons from the rosters of this church" [CA07.06.27]. The document was released by the task force in February 2009 along with the proposed social statement, "Human Sexuality: Gift and Trust," which was requested by the 2001 Churchwide Assembly. This document is available on www.elca.org. Church Council Action, March 29, 2009: To transmit the following actions...