The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Pledges pour in following protest

More than $2,500 was raised in response to a May 6 anti-gay protest at St. Paul-Reformation Lutheran Church, St. Paul, Minn.

 Fred Phelps, leader of Westboro Baptist Church, Topeka, Kan., and seven others carried signs for 45 minutes outside St. Paul-Reformation a week after the congregation "ordained" Anita Hill, a lesbian in a committed relationship. The ELCA does not recognize the ordination.

St. Paul-Reformation collected pledges for each minute protesters picketed. The money will be used for its outreach and to pay for ordination weekend security, Hill said. It also will be shared with the Southern Poverty Law Center for its work against gay hate crimes.

Hill said the protesters were quiet but held signs bearing condemning messages. Paul Tidemann, a pastor of St. Paul-Reformation, said Phelps will be told how much money was raised.


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