The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


St. Paul-Reformation 'ordains' Anita Hill

Lesbian minister is ordained in irregular ceremony

At a festive worship service April 28, St. Paul-Reformation Lutheran Church, St. Paul, Minn., ordained Anita Carol Hill into a Lutheran ministry of word and sacrament.

Hill's ordination is not recognized as valid in the ELCA since she is a lesbian in a committed relationship and declines to agree to the church's requirement of celibacy.

St. Paul-Reformation members voted unanimously, in violation of church policy, to call Hill. The congregation's co-presidents called Hill's ordination valid "within the Lutheran heritage of the church universal."

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