We present this to you so you understand what is happening in individual ELCA congregations. You should go to Elk River's LGBTQ+ webpage and see all they are doing and what they promote. (see here)
This is a ELCA congregation in Minnesota.
This summer Lutheran Church of the Nativity (ELCA) in North Conway, New Hampshire hosted Gay Men's Chorus. One of the lead sponsors of the event is Thrivent Financial.
Some of the money from the concert will be gifted to LGBT groups.
Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Columbus, Ohio, an ELCA church, shared their plans for the summer.
Lord of Life Lutheran Church also held an Iftar dinner. From their website, "Gather with friends as we learn from each other about traditions and commonalities of the Christian and Islamic faiths. Discussion and conversation will begin in the evening followed by dinner which will occur at sunset, a tradition during the season of Ramadan."
A 'Sex-Positive Gospel'
Calvary Lutheran Church in Federal Way, WA is had a series of free forums under the banner "Silent No More: Sex, Gender & Identity in the Church." (See more about the speaker here)
One forum is titled "Sex, God, & the Conservative Church, Erasing Shame From Sexual Intimacy": A Sociological Account." The speaker is a therapist endorsing a "sex-positive Gospel."
The other forums are called "Seeing Beauty": A Person Account. (the speaker is active in LGBTQIA organizations) and "Hitler's Pink Victims": A Historical Account.
Peace Lutheran Church in Coon Rapids, MN hosted a Interfaith Symposium. Peace Lutheran is an ELCA church.
Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Rockford, Illinois, is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and is located 75 miles away from ELCA headquarters in Chicago.
If you attend Emmanuel Lutheran Church you should know that they are "embracing a broader view of Jesus’ life and teachings as a path of transformation for our own individual spiritual journeys, our ReFresh service draws upon readings from the Bible and other sacred texts, poetry, dance, and song."
On Emmanuel Lutheran's website homepage they say "We are open to the uniqueness of each person's story and are about helping you discover your gifts and your calling. We seek to become compassionate servants of God, reaching out through service to heal and inspire Rockford and the world. We learn from our own Christian tradition as well as from other cultures and religions." (see here)
Mixing religions is called syncretism. This goes against God's Word. (See Deuteronomy 4:2 and Revelation 22:18-19.) That is what Emmanuel Lutheran in Rockford looks to be doing.
Below is how this ELCA church describes a couple of their services (or see here).
This same ELCA church recently hosted a Sufi Meditation Gathering, (see below) which is Islamic.
Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Rockford, Illinois, describes itself on its home page as "PROGRESSIVE. INCLUSIVE. CREATIVE." (see here) Below is their LGBTQA Support information.
Robert Franek is the interim pastor at Emmanuel Lutheran Church. (See below)
ELCA pastor Franek is very passionate about politics, and he loves to share his perspectives. In one of his articles he wrote, "Currently one party, as it struggles with messaging and infighting, is fighting for the soul of our democracy. The other is a dumpster fire gas lighting the nation and enabling a president who poses a clear and present danger to our national security, civil rights, and planetary health." (Read here)
On Rev. Franek's Twitter account he made 143 tweets, retweets and replies in a 24-hour period. (11/1/18 2:55 p.m. to 11/2/18 2:55 p.m.) And he did not tweet that in one sitting. The tweets took place in at least 21 different time blocks throughout the 24-hour period. I'd call that obsessive.
Below is some of what Rev. Franek has written or shared:
This woman's ELCA church takes young teenagers to places where false gods are worshiped.
See the tweet here.
The ELCA's Reformation Lutheran Church in Columbia, SC offered an adult Sunday school class called "Being Thankful for Ourselves: LGBTQIA+ Affirmations." As you can see, it was very affirming of homosexuality and transgenderism.
ELCA Church Gives Sanctuary
See the ELCA church's tweet below. It doesn't say what the referred to family needs sanctuary from, but you all probably have a good guess. Two ELCA church's are involved.
The tweeted link says "Miriam Vargas entered sanctuary on June 27, 2018 at First English Lutheran Church."
The fundraising event was hosted by the Columbus Sanctuary Collective. Here is what that group's Facebook page looks like.
ELCA Church Yoga With Kids
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