Seascape, is a publication of the city of Santa Monica. The Southwest California Synod of the ELCA shared an article from Seascape that highlighted ELCA Rev. Jim Boline and Vicar Drew Stever. See below.
Below are four Bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America voicing their support for more refugees to be brought into the United States.
ELCA bishops from the three Texas ELCA synods released a letter urging Texas to resettle refugees in their state. (see below or here) One of the signers of that letter, Bishop Michael Rinehart, along with the CEO of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) wrote a letter that was published in the Houston Chronicle making their case:
"[T]hese refugees are powerful ambassadors of our founding principles of equal opportunity, religious freedom and liberty and justice for all, and they reflect the best of Texas’ identity — generosity, hospitality, faithfulness and welcome."
"[W]e’re hopeful that the law will be on our side once again as the organization we represent, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, seeks a preliminary injunction against President Trump’s unconstitutional executive order."
"As the world faces the worst refugee crisis in recorded history, this would have been the time for Texas to step up, as it has in the past, and say yes to refugee resettlement...No matter what happens in court or in the statehouse, we will continue to help refugees of all faiths find safety and hope in this great state and in this great nation." (See here or below)
Additionally, South Dakota Synod Bishop, Constanze Hagmaier, wrote a letter of gratitude to South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, because the governor "notified the federal government that South Dakota will continue to accept refugees who are resettled in the United States next year." (See below)
ELCA Bishop James Hazelwood of the New England Synod recently hired a new Associate to the Bishop. Homosexual pastor Steve Wilco has accepted the bishop's invitation to fill this roll.
A statement from Bishop Hazelwood announced Rev. Wilco "lives in Chicopee, Mass., with his husband Michael and their delightfully spunky preschooler." (See here)
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America pastor Michael Coffey penned a "prayer" for churches to use when celebrating "Pride Sunday."
A part of Rev. Coffey's prayer says:
"You revealed the fullness of your love
in Jesus of Nazareth,
who loved all persons in their human dignity,
who forgave us for our failure to see your image
in all genders, all sexualities, all colors,
who suffered in solidarity with all the rejected,
who inspires us now to celebrate love
in all its wonderful forms,
who fills us with pride and gratitude
for being born this way,
and for being made new in endless grace."
Rev. Michael Coffey is the author of a book titled “Renounce, Resist, Rejoice: Being Church in the Age of Trump.”
Uber liberal pastors are the norm in the ELCA.
Vocal Evangelical Lutheran Church in America pastor, Clint Schnekloth writes "I honestly think we should get rid of prisons and borders. Also, we should give government far more power to patrol the things that actually needs patrolling: corporate power."
We live in a fallen world. Who in their right mind thinks that is a good idea?
Learn more about Rev. Clint Schnekloth here.
The ELCA's Rocky Mountain Synod took time during their Synod Assembly this year to offer "...deep gratitude and a specialty commissioned song to honor the ministry happening at the Border and the ministries accompanying immigrants and refugees.
Check out the article below or here. It is from The Times News (Idaho Newspaper.)
The conference was held in 1994, was organized by ELCA members and an ELCA seminary professor is quoted.
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This is a look into some social media posts by ELCA Vicar Carla Christopher. Carla Christopher is the Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries at Union Lutheran Church in York, PA and is seeking a Masters of Divinity degree at the ELCA's United Lutheran Seminary - Gettysburg. Carla Christopher is also the York LGBT Center - Equality Fest, President. (see here)
Planned Parenthood participated in the event below that featured drag queens.
Carla Christopher gets the approve to move forward for ordination.
The ELCA seminary's creative liturgy class includes yoga body prayer.
The ELCA trained future pastor posts that "All love is so very beautiful."
Carla Christopher was Student Body Vice President at the ELCA's United Lutheran Seminary.
Interfaith Service in a Mosque.
Carla Christopher wrote a paper for her ELCA seminary class on "the gifts that come from being an LGBTQIA person."
Kristen Kuempel is the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) bishop of the Northwest Intermountain Synod, formally called the Eastern Washington-Idaho Synod. Bishop Kuempel is a the type of leader that is gaining in prominence in the ELCA and is comparable to ELCA pastors Nadia Bolz-Weber and Lura Groen. (read about them here and here) She is extremely liberal, swears freely, advocates for all the ELCA favorite social causes and will spout her politics.
Just a few months ago the ELCA bishop Tweeted a picture of a vibrator to her followers:
Bishop Kuempel lists her preferred pronouns on her Twitter account along with her love of hard liquor. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America bishop's Twitter profile says "F*bombs welcome" and has a descriptive saying predominately displayed that says "Good sense of humor, dirty mind and beautiful heart. Deadly combination."
Below are some of many troubling Tweets by the ELCA bishop:
Last year the ELCA Youth Facebook page posted the following:
The ELCA page shared a pro-LGBTQIA+ guide for ELCA youth workers to use and help them minister to their youth. The guide comes from the LGBT+ organization ReconcilingWorks.
Tuhina Verma Rasche is a highly controversial and disturbing ELCA pastor. (See here) She is a co-author of the "F#ck This Sh&t" devotional and was picked to speak at an ELCA National Youth Gathering.
In her tweet below you will see that she is very happy about the newly elected ELCA bishops and by those who are being hired to work at ELCA synods.
If Rev. Tuhina Verma Rasche is excited about the new leadership...
A recent news release about the ELCA Conference of Bishops referenced the newly elected bishops. The chair, Bishop William O. Gafkjen, said "Thanks to the work of the Holy Spirit and the wisdom of God's people, the Conference of Bishops is now more diverse in more ways than it has ever been... This is such an important gift, both because of the particular gifts and experiences each member of the conference brings and because it uncovers assumptions, challenges disparities and inequities, and calls for repentance and transformation in a church unaccustomed to such blessed diversity." (See here)
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.
In a recent series of "Lenton Devotionals of LGBTQIA+ Lutherans," Micah Louwagie shared her "devotional" which in part said,
"My journey of coming out as nonbinary has been a journey of discovering the life that my bones hold, and of realizing that this life is good and holy. Living into my identity has been a breath of fresh air, a renewal of the spirit in my bones. The bones I once feared were too worn and weary to carry me any farther still have plenty of life left in them. God bless these beautiful queer bones." (See here)
"Nonbinary gender is an umbrella term to describe any gender identity that does not fit into the genderbinary of male and female." (See here)
"Micah is pursuing a Master of Divinity at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota." (See here) Lutheran Seminary is a school of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
This is the state of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Kaitlin Pabo-Eulberg is a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. One of her favorite terms for God is El Shaddai, which she translates as "the Breasted One."
And the following tweet is from Journey of Faith church, an ELCA church in Windsor Mill, MD.
This is another example of ELCA churches and leaders referring to God as a female.
From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. - James 3:10
Here is new ELCA pastor, Seth Rumage:
Of course, Pastor Rumage is a Nadia Bolz-Weber super fan.
And finally, Rev. Seth Rumage Retweets a comment saying Thomas Jefferson raped a 15 year old.
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."
Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (PLTS) celebrated their 10th anniversary of becoming a Reconciling in Christ (RIC) seminary. The first ELCA seminary to do so.
Reconciling in Christ is a designation that means they have "made a public commitment to welcome, include and celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) people." (See here)
Anyone wonder what Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary is teaching their students?
Below are a few Tweets from ELCA pastors or attendees of the ELCA 2019 Churchwide Assembly. In the Tweets you get a glimpse of their mindset and into what was happening at the assembly.
The Rocky Mountain Synod, ELCA took to Facebook to celebrate one of their churches becoming a Reconciling in Christ (RIC) church. "The Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Program is for congregations, synods, colleges, seminaries, and other Lutheran organizations and ministry communities who have made a public commitment to welcome, include and celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) people." (see here)
When have you ever seen an ELCA Synod celebrate a church for standing for Biblical marriage?
For good measure, the Northwest Washington Synod of the ELCA proudly posts pictures of "Loving Lutherans out a PRIDE in Bellingham!"
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