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    Lutheran Bishop (ELCA) Asks Washington State Senate to Pass Marriage Equality

    By Lutherans Concerned - January 24, 2012

    Bishop Chris Boerger, ELCA Northwest Washington Synod, testified on Monday at a public hearing of the Washington State Senate Committee on Government Operations and Tribal Relations & Elections, saying that he was in favor of LGBT couples being able to have legally-recognized marriages that are equal in the state. 

    Bp Boerger's statement to the hearing: "Mr. Chairman, I am Chris Boerger, the bishop of the Northwest Washington Synod of the Evangelical Church in America. In 2009 the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America voted to commit itself to find ways to allow congregations who choose to do so to support and hold publicly accountable lifelong monogamous same gender relationships. [Read Full Story]


    Gay marriage - a Lutheran leader's plea to Catholic bishops

    By Herbert W. Chilstrom, Minnesota Star-Tribune Commentary - December 8, 2011

    To My Brothers -- The Catholic Bishops of Minnesota: 

    In 1976 I was elected a Lutheran bishop in Minnesota -- one of seven such Lutheran leaders in the state. Over the next years one of the highlights of my time in office was the annual noon-to-noon retreat with our eight Catholic counterparts in the state.

    The bond that developed between us was deep and respectful. We shared our differences; we celebrated our likenesses. My friendship with Archbishop John Roach and Bishop Raymond Lucker, in particular, is a blessing I will treasure as long as I live. [Read Full Story]

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    Change of heart: Local pastor reverses his stance on the ordination of gay clergy  

    By Brett Buckner, The Anniston Star - October 1, 2011

    Bert Oelschig’s mind was made up. The Bible was clear; homosexuality is a sin.

    That belief had put Oelschig, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Anniston, at odds with the church’s national denomination, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA). [Read Full Story]


    Lutheran Churchwide Assembly Passes Resolution Leading to Action to Eliminate Bullying 

    OutSmart Magazine - August 19, 2011

    The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, met in biennial churchwide assembly in Orlando, Florida, passed a resolution submitted by 37 of its 65 synods that seeks to join the church at all levels in efforts to seek out, curb and work to eliminate bullying in church, school and society.

    The assembly heard from a series of young people who have been bullied or seen the consequences of bullying. The assembly heard them speak of being attacked for physical attributes that can’t be changed, of being vilified because of their sexual orientation, of not knowing what to do when friends are bullied, and of losing a friend to a violent attack. [Read Full Story]


    Schism in Lutheran church raises scriptural, financial concerns

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - May 31, 2011

    By Ann Rodgers

    For the Elderton Lutheran Parish, the national church's 2009 vote to permit some gay clergy appeared to be a final sign that the denomination had pulled up its biblical roots. Last winter it left the 4.5 million-member Evangelical Lutheran Church in America for a new Lutheran body, as have seven other congregations from the Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod. Another four are in the process of voting to leave.

    "There is no hostility toward the ELCA. Yes, it was difficult, but it was a matter of understanding who we are as children of God," said the Rev. Joyce Dix-Weiers, pastor of the two linked congregations in such a remote part of unincorporated Armstrong County that the mailing address is Shelocta, Indiana County. [Read Full Story]

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