"Gifts to Lobbyist Group from Foundation to change ELCA.
A secular group gave a grant of $200,000 to Lutherans Concerned/North America to organize and support work to change Evangelical Lutheran Church in America policies on homosexual behavior. Changes in church policies to recognize partnered same-sex relationships and to allow partnered homosexuals to serve as ministers were approved by the ELCA 2009 Churchwide Assembly in August in Minneapolis.
The Arcus Foundation, Kalamazoo, Mich., states in its 2008 annual report that it seeks to overcome cultural and policy obstacles that are “barriers to full acceptance, respect and human rights for LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender] people.” Jon Stryker, described in business magazines as an architect, heir to his grandfather’s Stryker Corp. and a billionaire, created the Arcus Foundation in 2000. Since its beginning the foundation has made grants of more than $50 million to support homosexual, bisexual and transgender causes.
According to the Arcus 2008 report, its religion and values program made 19 grants totaling more than $2 million last year. It gave Lutherans Concerned/North America $200,000 over two years to “organize and support a grassroots collaborative effort to change existing denominational policy at the 2009 Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America toward the full inclusion of LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender] people of faith.” The foundation also gave $50,000 to Lutherans Concerned/North America to influence the
2007 churchwide assembly.
Lutherans Concerned / North America, based in St. Paul, Minn., works for the “full inclusion” of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Lutherans in all aspects of the life of their church and congregations, according to its web site. The Arcus report says the religion and values program seeks to “change LGBT exclusionary denominational policies; build an LGBT inclusive, faith-based, social justice movement; and refute beliefs that portray gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people as sinful and immoral.”
(Dan writing now) It's amazing how the ELCA found out that if you hold a wad of money over the Bible, scripture says a totally different thing.