“At the NGLS synod assembly in 2013, a resolution came forward asking for study of the book Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America by Barbara Ehrenreich. The synod council recommended the resolution for adoption. The book was twelve years old at the time, and the author is an avowed atheist! Ehrenreich was the keynote speaker at the 2005 WELCA Triennial Convention in San Antonio, Texas, where she talked about her atheism during her keynote address. Many women walked out.
Perhaps, like me, some of you were there and remember this. Yet she is still being upheld as a voice of wisdom by the ELCA, as recently as the resolution at the 2013 NGLS synod assembly. I personally spoke at length against this resolution last year. The resolution passed, but I did draw attention to the fact that the work of an atheist is being lifted up specifically and by name by a synod of the ELCA. Certainly there are other books that are more appropriate for a synod to study that are not so outdated and are written from a Christian perspective. I share this anecdote with you to remind you to be prepared for anything. We are to preach the Word in season and out of season, after all.
May God bless your efforts to be faithful at your synod assembly.”
(see article here, page 5)