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    Entries in ELCA (4)

    Tuesday
    Jan242012

    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]

    Saturday
    Oct012011

    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]


    Tuesday
    May312011

    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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    Friday
    May202011

    Greenfield (IN) church breaks away from ELCA over gay clergy issue

    Fox 59 - May 20, 2011

    By Ray Cortopassi

    Greenfield, Ind.— It's a church in crisis. Many Lutheran congregations are splintered over the issue of openly gay clergy. Some are considering leaving the faith's largest evangelical group to join another. One congregation in Greenfield has played a role in the creation of a brand new church. They started the new church, they say, over a serious difference in scripture.

    Almost 500 years after Martin Luther first posted a doctrine on a church door igniting the Protestant Reformation, there is a new division affecting Lutheran churches around the nation. [Read Full Story]