The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


May 2001 Churchscan

•A memorial service was held April 4 on the Northfield, Minn., campus for three St. Olaf College sophomores killed in a car accident on spring break in March. Killed were Christopher Hoppe, 19, Milford, Mass.; Anna Bonde, 19, Livonia, Mich.; and Sarah Heitman, 20, O'Fallon, Ill. Ethan Steinkraus, 19, of Wayzata, Minn., was treated and released; Nick Brown, 20, of Helena, Mont., was hospitalized.

  • Their car was hit by another traveling the wrong way on Interstate 55, near Springfield, Ill. Charges have been filed against the other driver. The students were on their way to New Orleans to visit Hoppe's grandmother, a teacher, and to volunteer in her classroom.

  • Bishop Charles Maahs of the Central States Synod placed Abiding Peace Lutheran Church, Kansas City, Mo., under censure and admonition for willfully violating the ELCA's constitution by calling and ordaining Donna Simon, a lesbian who is not on the clergy roster. Maahs exercised his right to keep the congregation on the roster.

  • At presstime, four bishops, including one who currently serves in the ELCA, will participate April 28 in the ordination of Anita Hill, a lesbian in a committed relationship. Paul A. Tidemann, pastor of St. Paul-Reformation Lutheran, St. Paul, Minn., where Hill serves, wrote in the church newsletter that participants will include: Lowell O. Erdahl, bishop emeritus of the St. Paul Area Synod; Stanley E. Olson, retired bishop of the Pacific Southwest Synod of the former Lutheran Church in America; Paul W. Egertson, bishop of the Southern California (West) Synod; and Krister Stendahl, retired bishop of the Diocese of Stockholm of the Church of Sweden and former dean of Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, Mass. The service will be at Redeemer Lutheran Church, St. Paul.

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