January 18, 2006
Two pastors of different opinions about homosexuality featured in the Kansas City Star
In his most recent column, Tom Roberts of the National Catholic Reporter has a summary of an interview given by two Lutheran pastors of different opinions about homosexuality and the church.
The article refers to an interivew the two pastors, Russell Saltzman and Donna Simon, gave Kansas City Star columnist Bill Tammeus earlier this month.
An excerpt from the Kansas City Star article:
Many faith communities are in long, often bitter battles over human sexuality issues, such as whether to ordain gays and lesbians to be clergy or to bless same-sex unions.
The 4.9 million-member Evangelical Lutheran Church in America considered those questions last summer at its annual Churchwide Assembly. In effect the ELCA left in place rules forbidding both, though it continues to welcome homosexuals into church membership.
To better understand different perspectives on these matters, The Kansas City Star recently interviewed, together, two local Lutheran pastors on opposite sides of these issues, the Rev. Russell Saltzman, pastor of Ruskin Heights Lutheran Church, and the Rev. Donna Simon, pastor of Abiding Peace Lutheran Church.
Simon is openly gay. Lutheran officials have recognized her ordination but don’t allow her to be on this Lutheran region’s official roster of clergy. The ELCA sanctioned Abiding Peace for calling an unrostered pastor but is allowing the congregation to remain in the denomination.
January 11, 2006
Family plans memorial service for hostageThe San Jose Mercury News is reporting that the sister of Ronald Schulz, a North Dakota man taken hostage in Iraq, believes her brother is dead.
Schulz's sister, Julie of Jamestown, said Tuesday night that U.S. officials have not confirmed Schulz's death. But she said the family identified him from two videos released earlier.
The Islamic Army of Iraq claimed last month that it had killed Schulz, 40, who was working there as an electrical contractor.
The article goes on to report that the family is planning a Saturday memorial service at St. John Lutheran Church in Jamestown, N.D.
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January 9, 2006
Eucharistic sharing featured in the Plain-DealerThe Cleveland Plain Dealer today features a local story about Lutheran-Methodist eucharistic sharing.
Lutheran Bishop Marcus Miller and United Methodist Bishop John Hopkins stood on either side of the Communion table at First United Methodist Church in Cleveland as members of their flocks approached in silent reverence.
January 6, 2006
Twins left at Lutheran church placed with foster familyThe Chicago Tribune and www.abc7chicago.com are reporting that abandoned newborn twins found at North Austin Lutheran Church on Dec. 21 have been placed with foster parents.
An excerpt from the www.abc7chicago.com story:
January 3, 2006
Muhlenberg College ornithologist says birds can't see windowsOrnithologist Daniel Klem, a professor at Muhlenberg college, an ELCA school in Allentown, Pa., was interviewed today on National Public Radio's Morning Edition.
"It's a very common phenomenon," said Klem. "Birds are deceived. They just don't see glass as a barrier and this is a problem for them."