An ELCA Synod has called a transgender pastor to be their Associate to the Bishop with the title of "Director of Transitions and Discernment."
Rev. Tom Brock writes:
I am not making this up: ELCA bishop believes “Holy Spirit at work” as transgender pastor becomes “Director for Transitions…”
In a previous post I wrote about Anne Edison-Albright, newly elected bishop for the East Central Wisconsin Synod of the Evangelical Church in America. She was a campus pastor at Luther College who marched in gay pride parades. Now as bishop she has brought on board a transgender “man” (a woman who presents herself as a man) as “Associate to the Bishop, Director for Transitions and Discernment” for helping congregations in transition. The bishop believes this is the Holy Spirit’s work, “I write to share news of the Holy Spirit at work…”
Transgender Pastor Asher O’Callaghan is “married” to another woman ELCA pastor. In a bizarre analogy, O’Callagan believes she will be good for congregations in transition since she has gone through sexual transition herself to become a man. Asher writes: “As a transgender pastor, I am intimately acquainted with transition. In fact, it was my own gender transition that first sparked my passion for these tumultuous times. Transitions are holy ground…I began to sense a call to ordained ministry in this church during my gender transition. Letting go of who I had been paved the way for who I would become. Similarly, it has been a joy to experience congregations finding new identity and direction during times of leadership transition.”
The bishop then offered this strange prayer for her new associate (and reminds us of her preferred pronouns):
“God of thin spaces and in-between times, we give thanks for your Holy Spirit’s creative and disruptive work in our lives and in our synod. Bless Pastor Amy and Pastor Asher in this time of hellos and goodbyes…
Bishop Anne Edison-Albright
I have written many articles on heresy in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America but the above is perhaps the strangest. To believe that your sexual transition will be good for congregations in transition is beyond bizarre. And for a bishop to claim this is the work of the Holy Spirit approaches blasphemy.
If you are an ELCA member in Wisconsin, do you want your offering dollars to pay the salaries of the above bishop and director? Time to find a new, more biblical denomination.
Sincerely in Christ,
Pastor Tom Brock
American society has been moving away from Christianity quickly and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is following that lead. The most extreme and liberal beliefs of our world are parroted in the ELCA.
See the documentation below and read the article from the ELCA's East Central Synod of Wisconsin.
The ELCA Synod article says:
"Pastor Asher writes: 'As a transgender pastor, I am intimately acquainted with transition.'"
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