The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Heard at the press conference & outside

At a press conference following yesterday’s business, Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson said the ELCA has made significant decisions regarding sexuality and there are more to come. “Today this church affirmed its current standards in regard to ordained ministry,” he said.

“Prayerful attention has been given to Scripture, to gay and lesbian persons, and to congregations about whom should be called into leadership. Don’t think for a minute that any of this was about who is welcome in this church or who will be,” Hanson said.

He noted that “respectful expression of disappointment” by supporters of gay and lesbian viewpooints, “standing in silence, helped to sustain calm in the room.”

Hanson said, “The work that is ahead of us on human sexuality in the broadest understanding of issues will include gay and lesbian people as part of the family, seeking what it means to be stewards of the gift of sexuality as the body of Christ in the world.”

Jeff Johnson, co-chair of Goodsoil.org told the press, “The issue is more for the church than for gay and lesbian Lutherans. The trajectory is clear.” At some point in the future the church will claim responsibility for all its members, he added.

Johnson pointed out that on same-sex blessings “the church didn’t institute a prohibition or step back in any way. It provided for pastoral care, which the church has always given.”




Posted at 6:43 pm (U.S. Eastern) 9/2/2009

How will this change affect what our children get taught at Sunday School?  Will there be curriculum that says we teach that God made Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden but it also could have been Adam and Steve? How confusing.  When children are read passages from the Bible (the Word of God) are we to tell them that God lied and that it's not a sin anymore because 500+ ELCA members voted that way? I'm no theologian, just an average lay person, but wonder what will be taught down the road.


Susan LeBlanc

Susan LeBlanc

Posted at 4:16 pm (U.S. Eastern) 9/21/2009

The ELCA was organized to be a Beacon of Christian Light, spreading the gospel.  Unfortunately, it used its power to change God's word to its own social agenda.  I wonder if there is a lawsuit here?  I have given my money for 65 years to an organization that misrepresented itself and left me out in the cold, to read my Bible all by myself.    Mark 9:42 says, Who ever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung round his neck and he were thrown into the sea".   The ELCA is guilty.

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