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Time to move on, let go of animosities

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I read the letters in November with some bemusement. I hear the anger of those who have left the ELCA. One writer describes the attitude of those who have chosen to stay with the ELCA toward those who have chosen to leave it as "elitist, snobbish, arrogant and smug." The carefully constructed documents of the 2009 Churchwide Assembly include the right to follow "bound conscience." Apparently those who cannot live within the church even with this freedom now want to be courted and cajoled, and are unhappy with words that say those of us who stayed are ready to move on. If you have left, so be it. But do not now tell me how I should respond to your departure. Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson says we must not be a "timid church" ("Days of timidity are over," November 2010). Amen and amen!

C.M. Dunn
Clearwater, Fla.

Good experience

For about the past six years of catechetical classes, I've required the attendance of at least one parent at each meeting (My View: "Parents must take the lead," November 2010). It was my hope that with the parents "overhearing" what was taught that night, there could be some conversation in the car on the way home and during the week until the next class. I also hoped it would impress upon the children the parents' investment in the process. Every year the parents say how much they learned and how they appreciated reviewing all that material from their own confirmation.

The Rev. Cynthia J. Fazzini
Berlin, N.J.

Wrong message

While I appreciate the "My view" ("Use God's creation," October 2010) drawing attention to the environmental crisis, I fear the human-centric viewpoint sends a wrong message, as does the use of the word stewardship. The writer ignores the sin of incurvatus in se, which corrupts our "reasoned effort to balance risks of harm to the environment with the benefits." I suggest a rereading of Genesis 2:15 with attention to the original Hebrew words that show humans as respectful partners with creation.

The Rev. Leah D. Schade
Philadelphia, Pa.

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