The ELCA Vault - Room 28
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. . .we close one of the long established congregations in this synod. After much prayer and discernment, North Emanuel Lutheran Church in Saint Paul will close with a final worship service. . .
. . .A little over a decade ago, he signed a letter by homosexual pastors across the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, affirming their right to continue their ministry at a time when the issue was heavily contested throughout the denomination. . .
. . .Some people applaud the ELCA’s political activism and their liberal views. . .
. . .Take Norma Cook Everist, a professor of church and ministry. In an article that she penned for The Lutheran, Everist insists that things haven’t changed a lick since Martin Luther said that “the poor” are routinely “defrauded” by “the rich.”“Inequality,” Everist remarks, divides the world into “makers” and “takers” while fostering the godless fiction that some people, and even “some children,” are “worth more” than others, and that some, “the poor,” are of “‘of no worth’[.]”
The project of reducing the Gospel to an activist’s manual on addressing “inequality” is fraught with difficulties. . .
. . .% of lutherans in the Mainline Tradition who. . .
. . .This is a standard, yea virtually perfunctive, card from the sexual leftwing playbook. How is it, then, that nearly every word in her caustic response to the Nashville Statement and its signers reeks of self-righteous certainty regarding God's will as it pertains to sexual ethics? . .
. . .The left’s secular religion functions as a theocracy. It promises salvation through Socialism, warns that human sin will destroy the world through global warming and is engaged in a perpetual struggle against those who do not share its values. It wages war on religious freedom because it is a kind of religion. . .
The ELCA Leadership Taking Part in a "Ministers March" the Washington Post Calls "A Moral Rebuke to Trump's Presidency" - Witness Stone Blog
. . . the ELCA is heavily involved. The Metro D.C. Synod of the ELCA shared a post of an article titled "Religious leaders plan rally in Washington as a moral rebuke to Trump's presidency." . .
. . .A small congregation gathered Aug. 6, 2017, for one of the final four worship services at Faith Lutheran Church in Prairie Village. After more than 60 years, the church is closing and the building will be demolished to make way for a city park. . .
. . .But there is a movement within the ELCA - and we assume that it will be a growing movement - of people who say that faith in Jesus does not matter, at least in the way that the Bible says that it matters because "there is salvation in no one else." (Acts 4: 12) We understand that this resolution passed overwhelmingly, and that there was little or no expressed objection. . .
. . .Membership in First Lutheran has been in decline for several years and is now at less than 25. After celebrating its 150th anniversary in June, First Lutheran’s remaining members decided to sell the building to Hope City. First Lutheran will dissolve Aug. 31. . .
. . .Most recently, Kraft led Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Charlotte, N.C. Over a span of 11 years at what she describes as a congregation of mostly LGBTQ churchgoers, Kraft said she tackled social justice issues and helped champion same-sex marriage rights in the southern city. . .
. . .today we are called to that same trust as we close one of our mission start congregations. After much prayer and discernment, the ministry of Pueblo de Fe will come to an end on July 23rd. . .
. . .article titled "Religious groups join suit against ‘sanctuary cities’ law" reports that. . .
. . .We offer this new Statement to amplify and build upon this church’s understanding of human sexuality as described back then. . .
. . .It's pretty common for congregations in oldline Protestantism to sell their buildings to all kinds of secular people, creating lovely art galleries, condos, restaurants, taverns and what not. However, leaders of the liberal Protestant mainline – First Lutheran Church in Waco is part of the edgy, progressive Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – rarely sell their buildings to new-born churches in conservative flocks, especially those emerging from the painful wars that are shaking the old denominations. . .
. . .There are other bad denominations like ELCA and United Church of Christ. . .
. . ."Jesus had a penis. And wet dreams." This was the philosophy that inspired Heidi Johnson to found the Pussy Club, a sex-positive group at Duke Divinity School where Christian female students would discuss, among other things, masturbation as a spiritual practice, in 2014. . .
. . .Reverend Joanne Richmond is the nineteenth senior pastor in the history of that church. Richmond is the first legally-married lesbian pastor in the La Crosse Area Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. . .
Two of Hoquiam oldest churches have voted to join ministries and worship. . .
. . .there are no dissenting voices within the ELCA ranks represented here: if there's anyone who disagrees with the direction in which the denomination is going, the Star-Tribune apparently made zero effort to include those voices. . .
. . .The ELCA is one self-professing Christian organization which for many years has pioneered the way for acceptance of LGBTQ issues, feminism and same-sex marriage. . .
. . .Pastor, Mike Wilker, is a “board member of the Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries that supports LGBTQ candidates for ministry and clergy.” One can visit the Reformation’s Facebook page that is has multiple posts of their participation in the parade. . .
Your Rabbi? Probably a Democrat. Your Baptist Pastor? Probably a Republican. Your Priest? Who Knows.
. . .Leaders of more liberal denominations tend to be even more likely to be registered as Democrats. . .
. . . I joined tens of thousands of Christians at the March for Life in Washington...I couldn’t find the ELCA delegation. . .
. . .Two years ago, for instance, the church agreed to be the venue for a feminist symposium. During one session, 16 people took off all their clothes and ran around the church naked. . .
. . .Although his experience with the ELCA has been positive, Barnes says the church still has a way to go. He wants to be a part of pushing it forward, but he knows that his mission isn’t going to be a cakewalk.“As far as church politics, it’s still a boys’ club, and it’s still run by white men,” he says. “I’ll have to choose which battles to fight.” . .
. . .some mainline Protestants have abandoned central doctrines that were deemed “offensive” to the surrounding culture: Jesus literally died for our sins and rose from the dead, the view of the authority of the Bible, the need for personal conversion and more. . .
. . .We are appalled by the order of worship planned for the Southwestern Texas synod assembly this weekend. The “polka” worship service scheduled for Saturday includes a Thanksgiving for our Heritage that is racist and reeks of white privilege. . .
. . .Queer-positive take on Pentecost. Some ELCA churches are signed up!
. . .this spirit of revision has crafted a new movement that hopes to reject any definition of marriage as normative for sexual relationships. . .