The Lutheran reported last year of the initiation of a Church Council process to study the "ecology of the ELCA." From the context I took that to mean the structure (see "LIFT wants to hear from you"). It seems to me that underlying our conflicts is the question of governance in the ELCA. Rearranging the chairs on the deck (fewer synods, size of churchwide, and/or more Church Council members) as a response to a decline in paying passengers begs the question, "Is the ELCA really properly built for its mission?" I hope that will be explored.
The April "A letter to the ELCA" from Renee Splichal Larson is truly a breath of fresh air. What a message of hope and love she sends in the aftermath of such a gut-wrenching experience. Her words of wisdom, her rock-solid spirit, and her late husband Ben's heartfelt music are convincing evidence that there exists a level of wisdom and commitment within the ranks of our seminarians.
Pause, then move on
I've been following the comments about human sexuality and its relation to Lutheran pastors and members for many months. Both sides of this issue need to pause for a while and then move on. This is obviously a matter of biblical interpretation. I suggest everyone read a book by Peter J. Gomes of Harvard University, The Good Book: Reading the Bible with Mind and Heart. Chapter 2, "a matter or interpretation," and Chapter 8, "the Bible and homosexuality," are particularly relevant for a better understanding of the issue.
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