_The ELCA made the decision to disobey God’s Word when they “RESOLVED, that the ELCA commit itself to finding ways to allow congregations that choose to do so to recognize, support, and hold publicly accountable life-long, monogamous, same-gender relationships.” When the decision was made, many ELCA leaders tried to convince people that this did not mean “bless” homosexual unions and marriages. It was a deceptive argument meant to keep as many biblically literate ELCA members (financial contributors?) as they could in the denomination. We all knew, at the time, that ELCA pastors would soon be blessing and performing homosexual unions/marriages.
We were right. Exposing the ELCA has documented it, showing ELCA pastors performing, supporting and offering to perform and bless homosexual unions and marriages. (see here, here and here)
And now the list gets bigger. There are some Evangelical Lutheran Church in America pastors in Illinois who want everyone to know that they will “perform a religious rite for same sex couples entering a civil union AND perform it at the house of worship.” Since these pastors have made it a priority to inform as many people as possible about their decision, Exposing the ELCA will help. (I give credit to the pastors for publicly admitting their willingness to perform homosexual marriages/unions. There are some ELCA pastors who will perform them, but they will not talk about it openly.) Here are the Illinois ELCA pastors’ names and the churches they serve:
Rev. Bill Veith - Trinity Lutheran Church - Alton IL
Rev. Elizabeth Palmer - Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park - Chicago IL
Rev. Dr. George Koch - Ebenezer Lutheran Church - Chicago IL
Pastor Craig Mueller - Holy Trinity Lutheran Church - Chicago IL
Rev. Michelle L. Miller - Holy Trinity Lutheran Church - Chicago IL
Pastor Monte Johnson - Immanuel Lutheran Church - Chicago IL
Rev. Liala Beukema - Lake View Lutheran Church - Chicago IL
Pastor Timothy J. Brown - Luther Memorial Church of Chicago - Chicago IL
Rev. Brian Hiortdahl - Resurrection Lutheran Church - Chicago IL
Rev. Erik Christensen - St. Luke's Lutheran Church of Logan Square - Chicago IL
Rev. David L Lewis - Salem Lutheran Church - Chicago IL
Rev. Fred Kinsey - Unity Lutheran Church - Chicago IL
Rev. Olin Slett - Holy Trinity Lutheran Church - Elgin IL
Rev. Betty E. Landis - St. Paul Lutheran Church of Evanston - Evanston IL
Rev. Kathy Nolte - Good Shepherd Lutheran Church - Oak Park IL
Rev. Suzanne Anderson-Hurdle - Good Shepherd Church- Romeoville IL
Rev. Melody Eastman St. - Paul Lutheran Church - Wheaton IL
Reverend Lloyd A. Heroff - Retired - Fort Myers FL
Here are a few more Illinois ELCA pastors who will “perform a religious rite for same sex couples entering a civil union.”
Pastor Keith Fry - Elgin IL
Rev. Dr. Marnie Rourke - Oak Park IL
12/22/2011 01:01:17 pm
Did they change their name to the Everything Liberal Church of America yet? They ought to.
3/27/2012 06:46:47 pm
Imagine my surprise to see I had made your "list." I am proud to say that I a Bible-believing Christian Lutheran pastor and yes, I have and will continue to perform blessings and wedding ceremonies for my glbt brothers and sisters in Christ.
3/28/2012 06:41:09 am
I agree that “helping the least among us,” “the Sermon on the Mount” and “the Great Commission.” are very important. But of utmost importance is salvation. (John 3:16) The ELCA has “unsinned” homosexuality, they encourage sin and put those with same-sex attraction’s eternal destination at risk. This is just the opposite of “loving” those who consider themselves GLBT. Those who disagree with what the ELCA has done do so because they love the homosexual community enough to not encourage bondage to sin and separation from God. Jesus loved people and part of that was telling them to “go and sin no more.”
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