ELCA News Briefs
_This is being promoted in the Saint Paul Area Synod newsletter -
“. . .Lutherans Concerned/Twin Cities (LC/TC) holds its seventh annual Reconciling in Christ (RIC) festival worship as part of the national celebration of welcoming churches, recognizing faith communities that bear a public witness to God’s love for persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities.”
I wonder if the ELCA posts Lutheran CORE gatherings in their publications.
From this month’s The Lutheran:
“Heard a report from ELCA Secretary David Swartling that included the ELCA's current number of congregations (9,995) and baptized membership (4.2 million).” (see here)
The total given for baptized membership is, in all likelihood, high because many churches do not update their membership rolls very often.
For those wondering how much money the ELCA spent on the sexuality studies, a statement from 2002 says the ELCA “approved $1.15 million to fund the six-year project.” (see here)
From what I have read, it seems that the $1.15 million does not include the salary for ELCA staff who worked on the project.
The ELCA official website claims this about their “Peace Not Walls” blog:
“The Peace Not Walls blog is meant to show the breadth of views and opinions surrounding the situation in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.” (see here)
That's Hogwash! I have not seen a blog from this website that represents the prevailing Israeli viewpoint. What this blog does do is promote the ELCA leadership’s anti-Israel world view. Just look at the above statement calling the land “occupied.” It is an anti-Israeli narrative and very bias. Do not be fooled by the ELCA claims.
1/7/2012 03:54:55 am
Nothing is more disturbing than to learn that 1.15 million dollars from tiths and offerings were spent by the ELCA on an attempt to disprove the Holy Bible related to human sexuality. Now that the denomination has declared itself smarter that Almighty God, should the "powers that be" be suprised that members will be leaving in droves once they figure out what happened.
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