Gerald Kieschnick, president of the Lutheran ChurchMissouri Synod, won't be ousted or disciplined for allegedly breaking denominational law after he gave approval for Atlantic District President David Benke to pray at a Sept. 23 interfaith event at Yankee Stadium. Kieschnick also was charged for praying with ELCA members and pastors, including then ELCA Presiding Bishop H. George Anderson at a Sept. 18 service in Manhattan.
The charges, brought by two pastors, originally were referred to James Kalthoff, president of the Missouri District, where Kieschnick is on the roster. A five-member commission on constitutional matters ruled Dec. 9 that only the LCMS national convention "has the right to call the president of the synod to account and to determine the continuation of his roster status."
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