The ELCA Vault - Room 28
The ELCA Vault is a collection of articles, blogs, and documents related to the ELCA. The purpose of the Vault is to provide this important information to it's readers and at the same time not overload other sections of the website so as they become too convoluted.
. . ."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. . .