As of today, I have not been contacted or received an apology for the false public statement (slander) made against me by the bishop, as requested in my attorney’s letter. (see here) It has been almost two months since he received the certified letter.
The Lutheran Church of Honolulu (ELCA), in complete disregard for what God says in scripture claims that homosexuality is a gift from God. In a FAQ segment listed on the church’s website, they state:
“I know it says on your site that you openly welcome gay and lesbians into your church...and that’s awesome. But do you teach that homosexuality is wrong? Because it does say that in the Bible. They’re sinners and they obviously can’t become a Christian until they give their whole life to God...and that means obeying Him. Which includes turning from the sin of homosexuality. Just wondering.
We don’t teach that homosexuality in and of itself is wrong or a sin. Our sexuality—both homosexuality and heterosexuality—is a gift from God, and how we use it is a response to the overflowing grace of God in Jesus Christ.” (read here)
Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays hosted speaker, Jimmy Creech, at Haven Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Salisbury, NC.
“‘Mr. Creech is a pioneer in issues of LGBT equality, including marriage equality. His commitment and passion has made him an iconic fixture within that community and his experiences have made him a must hear speaker for those of us that hold that struggle dear,’ said Mike Clawson, current president of the local chapter and PFLAG’s North Carolina state coordinator.” (see here)
Mr. Creech is a former Methodist minister who had charges “brought against him for violating the Order and Discipline of the United Methodist Church after he officiated a covenant ceremony for two women. He was acquitted during that church trial, but charges were again filed against him by the Methodist Church in 1999, after he officiated the union of two men in Chapel Hill.”