It was nearly three years ago when a pastor stood before the New England Synod assembly with the new cranberry-colored Evangelical Lutheran Worship in his hands. He then ripped the pages to emphasize his displeasure with the hymnbook's changes in language for God.
His "completely legitimate" concern was that in losing male pronouns for God in the worship book, the theology of the Trinity was being watered down, recalled Elaine Ramshaw, a member of Bethesda Lutheran Church, New Haven, Conn., who also teaches pastoral care. His concern got Ramshaw and others thinking and talking.
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