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    Entries in Gay Clergy (2)

    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]