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  • Luther decade opened

    10/18/2008 8:20:43 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 112 replies · 903+ views
    The Telegram ^ | 10/16/2008 | HANS ROLLMANN
    A few weeks ago, in the historic Castle Church of Wittenberg in Saxony, Lutherans from all over the world opened the “Luther Decade,” celebrations that coincide with Martin Luther’s (1483-1546) arrival in Wittenberg 500 years ago in 1508 and commemorate the achievement and global significance of the German reformer. Nine years later, on 31 October 1517, Luther not only castigated the abuses of indulgence sellers with his “95 theses” but also offered a new understanding of what it meant to be a Christian. Ushering in the modern age, Luther held that the individual, not the institutional church, stood at the...
  • Is God a Liberal Democrat?

    07/14/2008 7:43:51 AM PDT · by SJackson · 81 replies · 310+ views ^ | July 14, 2008 | Mark D. Tooley
    Officials of the declining 4.9 million Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) have revealed what God’s priorities are in the U.S. presidential campaign. And remarkably, the divine priorities was very akin to the Democratic Party’s priorities, if not further to the left. Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson, with three other ELCA officials generously wrote both presidential candidates a public letter with the divine guidance. Although famed Protestant Reformer Martin Luther championed the Bible as God’s exclusive revelation, modern ELCA activists have located more useful counsel in the secular welfare state and environmental agenda. “The Scriptures are clear about God's concern for...

    07/07/2008 6:33:25 AM PDT · by markomalley · 40 replies · 790+ views
    STATEMENT ON THE ANTICHRIST Introduction to the StatementAs Martin Luther grew in his appreciation of the gospel, he also grew in his recognition that the Papacy is the Antichrist. A 1954 WELS pamphlet entitled Antichrist put it this way: “It was because Luther cherished the Gospel so dearly that his faith instinctively recoiled and protested in unmistakable terms when the Pope put himself in the place of Christ and declared His work insufficient and in vain. That is the use to which Luther’s faith put the prophecy of Scripture. For him the tenet that the Pope is the Antichrist was...
  • ELCA Presiding Bishop, Other Religious Leaders, Meet with Obama

    06/12/2008 5:39:34 PM PDT · by lightman · 14 replies · 243+ views
    ELCA News Service ^ | 12 June AD 2008 | John Brooks
    ELCA Presiding Bishop, Other Religious Leaders, Meet with Obama 08-087-JB CHICAGO (ELCA) -- The Rev. Mark S. Hanson, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) was among more than 30 national Christian leaders who met here June 10 with U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), the presumptive Democratic nominee for president. Hanson was invited by Obama's staff to meet privately with the Senator in a meeting in which Darfur, the Iraq war, gay rights, abortion and faith issues were discussed, the Associated Press reported. Hanson said the meeting's purpose seemed to be an effort by Obama "to begin...
  • Vatican spokesman calls rumors of rehabilitation of Luther groundless

    03/11/2008 8:05:54 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 44 replies · 684+ views
    Catholic News Service ^ | Mar-10-2008 | Carol Glatz
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Rumors that the Vatican is set to rehabilitate Martin Luther, the 16th-century leader of the Protestant Reformation, are groundless, said the Vatican spokesman, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi. News reports in early March alleged that Pope Benedict XVI was dedicating a planned September symposium with former doctoral students to re-evaluating Luther, who was excommunicated and condemned for heresy. The story "does not have any foundation, insofar as no rehabilitation of Luther is foreseen," Father Lombardi told the Italian news agency ANSA March 8. Vatican officials said the topic of the pope's annual summer gathering of former students...
  • Mission trips open Yorkers' eyes to Gulf Coast destruction

    02/15/2008 11:55:31 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies · 402+ views
    The York Dispatch (Pennsylvania) ^ | February 14, 2008 | Eyana Adah McMillan
    Tom Kauffman thought that once a storm blew over people could go home, clean up a few things and return back to normal, everyday life. But two mission trips to Biloxi, Miss., changed his thinking. People are still recovering from the impact of Hurricane Katrina, which struck the Gulf Coast in 2005. "A storm doesn't just blow over and people don't go back to their homes the next day," said Kauffman, 69, of Manchester Township. "There's a lot of pain and suffering and a lot of waiting. I opened my eyes up." Kauffman plans to return to Biloxi a third...

    12/12/2007 7:22:29 AM PST · by NativeNewYorker · 17 replies · 322+ views
    deutsche presse via email, no url | 12/12/07
    Stockholm (dpa) - Marriage and same-sex unions were ``equal forms of living together,'' the Church of Sweden, a Lutheran church, said Wednesday. The central board of the church said it would accept pending changes of marriage laws that would offer same-sex unions the same legal status as traditional marriage. However the term ``marriage'' should be reserved for the union between man and woman, the board - elected by the Church Assembly, the highest decision-making body in the church - said. The church was one of many bodies asked to comment on proposals to change current legislation presented earlier this year....
  • Lutherans study German roots

    11/03/2007 10:38:41 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 38 replies · 366+ views
    The Post-Bulletin ^ | LeRoy Larson
    In spring 2005, the Rev. Carol Solovitz, pastor of Zumbro Lutheran, had the honor of preaching the English service for two weeks in Wittenberg, Germany, in Martin Luther's church: the Stadtkirche (city church). Inspired by her visit, members of Zumbro met in April 2006 with the prospect of forming a tour to Germany. By September 2006 -- a year in advance -- the trip was sold out. On Sept. 10, 2007, a full bus left the church parking lot on its way to the Minneapolis airport, flying Iceland Air to Frankfurt. On our first day, we toured the Wartburg, where...
  • Freedom from Religion Lawsuit Against Boys Ranch adds Defendants

    10/30/2007 4:57:34 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 12 replies · 424+ views ^ | October 30, 2007 | Staff Writer
    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- Two state officials have been added to the list of defendants in a lawsuit filed by the nation's largest group of atheists and agnostics. The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation says that referrals to the Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, which serves troubled children, are funded by taxpayer money and that staff at the ranch facilities in Minot, Fargo and Bismarck indoctrinate children with religion. The Boys and Girls Ranch, which is affiliated with the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and state officials dispute the foundation's claims. The group initially...
  • U.S. and German Lutherans sign agreement

    10/23/2007 6:29:18 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 59+ views ^ | November 2007
    ELCA and Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) leaders signed an agreement committing the churches to information exchange and care for German-speaking congregations in the U.S. and English-speaking congregations in Germany during a Sept. 24 worship service at the Lutheran Center in Chicago. The agreement—which provides for exchange of clergy, EKD deacons and diaconal ministers, and Christian education teachers—renews a 1991 agreement between the two churches, said ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson. Bishop Wolfgang Huber, chair of the EKD Council, told the ELCA News Service that the agreement will help the churches work together to prepare for the 500th anniversary...
  • German Lutheran leader questions mosque building

    10/16/2007 9:53:27 PM PDT · by americanophile · 4 replies · 82+ views
    Earth Times ^ | October 15, 2007 | Earth Times
    Berlin - Germany's top Lutheran leader, Wolfgang Huber, questioned Monday why Muslims in the country were mounting "a large- scale mosque-building campaign.""It's a fair question as to how far this meets legitimate religious needs or whether ambitions over and beyond that are involved," said Huber, who is the Lutheran bishop of Berlin. Speaking at the launch of a book compilation of his newspaper articles, he said more mosques were under construction than all of those currently in existence in Germany. Huber is chairman of the German Evangelical Church, a federation of Protestant churches. A Muslim think tank, the Islamic Archive,...
  • Lutherans Urged To Accept Gay Clergy

    08/11/2007 2:06:09 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 523+ views
    ap on ^ | 8/11/07 | Rachel Zoll - ap
    (AP) A national assembly of Evangelical Lutherans urged its bishops Saturday to refrain from defrocking gay and lesbian ministers who violate a celibacy rule, but rejected measures that would have permitted ordaining gays churchwide. Still, advocates for full inclusion of gays were encouraged, calling the resolution a powerful statement in support of clergy with same-gender partners. The conservative group Lutheran CORE, however, said bishops will now feel more secure in ignoring denomination policy. The 538-431 vote came on the final day of a weeklong meeting in Chicago _ and after emotional debate over how the denomination should interpret what the...
  • Five Local Police Killed in Grozny Shootout, Interfax Reports

    06/20/2007 10:25:50 AM PDT · by NativeNewYorker · 2 replies · 219+ views
    upi via email no link | 6/21/7
    June 20 (UPI) -- Five local policemen were killed in a shootout with soldiers in the capital of Russia's war-ravaged southern republic of Chechnya, Interfax reported, citing an unidentified local military official. The policemen came under fire after they stopped a car with a soldier and got into a dispute with him, with both sides calling in reinforcements, the Moscow-based news agency reported. Russia invaded Chechnya, a mainly Muslim republic in the north Caucasus, in 1999 to quell a separatist rebellion. Russia in 2003 gave Chechen security forces control over local law enforcement. Most of the new police are former...
  • Iowahawk: Midwest Lutherans Largely Reject Violence

    05/23/2007 12:44:03 PM PDT · by dighton · 95 replies · 3,252+ views
    Iowahawk | 05/23/07 | David Burge
    Chicago - By an almost two-to-one margin, Midwest Lutherans voiced solid opposition to decapitation, suicide bombing, and chemical warfare in a new comprehensive survey of their social attitudes.The Pew Research survey, conducted May 13-19, queried nearly 2,500 randomly selected Lutherans at flea markets and convenience stores across the Midwest. Interviews were conducted in High Plains Twang, Great Lakes Nasal and Flat Ohio Valley Bland.“If there is one headline here, it’s how remarkably moderate the Lutheran community is,” said Pew director Andrew Kohut of the survey, which was co-sponsored by the Council on American-Yooper Relations. “It really paints a picture of...
  • Gays could be granted church weddings

    08/25/2006 9:56:24 AM PDT · by Bushwacker777 · 12 replies · 473+ views
    The Local ^ | August 25 | Adam Ewing
    "Homosexuals will be able to marry in church if the Swedish government follows the suggestion of a report due to be presented next year. The report will suggest ditching the civil partnership law and allowing church weddings for gay people, according to Swedish public service broadcaster SVT. One in ten priests in the Church of Sweden has signed a protest against allowing homosexuals to marry in church. Many others in the former state church have said they are in favour."
  • Scout uniform fades differences

    05/22/2006 2:54:06 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 6 replies · 261+ views
    Orange County Register ^ | May 20, 2006 | Mark Eades
    Four youths, each of a separate religion, bond over outdoor get-togethers and character-building activities in a Mission Viejo troop. Religious distinctions can be the source of a lot of strife in the world today, but for four Eagle Scouts friendship is more important. Meet Amyn Shidi Jr., Daryl Davis, Geoff Leach and Tyler Barron – Eagle Scouts with four different faiths. Shidi is Muslim, Davis is Jewish, Leach is a Lutheran and Barron is Catholic.
  • Russian Patriarchate suspends relations with Church of Sweden (Homosexual Marriage)

    12/28/2005 8:26:05 AM PST · by wagglebee · 16 replies · 704+ views
    Interfax ^ | 12/27/05 | Interfax
    MOSCOW. Dec 27 (Interfax) - The Moscow Patriarchate has suspended relations with the Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Sweden after it decided to establish an official ceremony on blessing homosexual couples. "We have received with great disappointment and grief the news that not only does the Lutheran Church of Sweden not oppose so-called homosexual marriages, but has even ruled to establish an official blessing ceremony," Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church said in a statement at a session in Moscow on Tuesday. The members of the Synod believe that the Church of Sweden's decision contradicts the Biblical concept of family and...
  • Lutheran leader calls for an ecumenical council to address growing biblical fundamentalism

    08/20/2005 4:17:14 PM PDT · by gscc · 321 replies · 3,018+ views
    Religion News Service ^ | Thursday, 11 August 2005 | Kevin Eckstrom
    Lutheran leader calls for an ecumenical council to address growing biblical fundamentalism Contributed by Religion News Service Thursday, 11 August 2005 The leader of the nation's largest Lutheran denomination has called for a global Christian council to address an "identity crisis" on how churches interpret and understand the Bible.
  • (Lutheran) Church Won't Ease Rules on Gays

    08/14/2005 12:16:58 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 22 replies · 565+ views via AP Wire ^ | August 13, 2005 | Rachel Zoll
    Church won't ease rules on gays - Lutherans nix clergy change ORLANDO, Fla. - A national meeting of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America rejected a proposal Friday that would have allowed gays in committed relationships to serve as clergy under certain conditions. The measure would have affirmed the church ban on ordaining sexually active gays and lesbians, but would have allowed bishops and church districts called synods to seek an exception for a particular candidate - if that person was in a long-term relationship and met other restrictions. Delegates voted against the measure 503 to 490. Even if it...
  • ELCA rejects gay ordinations

    08/12/2005 3:12:06 PM PDT · by SmithL · 14 replies · 447+ views
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | 8/12/5 | Bob Von Sternberg
    ORLANDO, FLA. -- Members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Churchwide Assembly today morning overwhelmingly approved watered-down language addressing the endorsement of same-sex unions but rejected accepting non-celibate gays and lesbians from being ordained. The moves came amid a minor commotion by gay and lesbian activists.Before the apparent softening of the language on same-sex unions, the proposal had said that the ELCA "would entrust pastors and congregations to discern ways to provide faithful pastoral care to same-sex couples." The adopted amendment struck "same-sex couples" and replaced those words with "all to whom they minister."The revised proposal passed on a...