The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Missouri president faces charges from synod

Praying with those unaffiliated with LCMS after Sept. 11 elicits accusations of unionism

Gerald Kieschnick, president of the Lutheran Church­Missouri Synod, is facing formal charges for his support of Sept.11-related worship events with people unaffiliated with the LCMS. Installed Sept. 8, that support was one of Kieschnick's first acts as LCMS president.

The charges against Kieschnick can typically lead to removal from the denomination, but his critics say their main goal is for the president to repent.

David Oberdieck, an LCMS pastor in Lebanon, Mo., was one of those who asked for the investigation. Oberdieck said Kieschnick should not have supported Atlantic District President David Benke's decision to participate in "A Prayer for America," a televised Sept. 23 event at New York's Yankee Stadium.

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