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Leadership Retreat: Day 3

Share the post “Leadership Retreat: Day 3” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint Saturday evening’s vespers was a very spiritual experience for me. As part of worship, we gathered in clusters of four and shared our stories of what keeps us going on our journey. I was joined by 3 people with amazing stories. Two were former Lutheran Church Missouri Synod members who experienced alienation in their church. One was…

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Leadership Retreat: Day 2

Share the post “Leadership Retreat: Day 2” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint Who would have thought this morning that I would have ended up with my toe nails painted with fruit flavored nail polish? I guess I even wonder why there is fruit flavored nail polish. All I can say that it was part of this evening’s worship service. I also have to say that I have never had…

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Back in Chicago again

Share the post “Back in Chicago again” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint I am attending the Lutherans Concerned Leadership Retreat at the Cabrini Retreat Center. The retreat started with dinner and socializing with friends and ended with an uplifting worship service and reception. In between, we discussed a variety of topics related to synod and churchwide assemblies. I particularly enjoyed a presentation by Troy Plummer of the UMC Reconciling…

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The ELCA returned home and…

Share the post “The ELCA returned home and…” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint It’s been a month since the ELCA Churchwide Assembly. 2,000 ELCA members returned home to their work and church. I have been reflecting this past month on what has changed or not changed since the assembly. I’ve periodically checked out the ELCA, CORE, Word Alone, Good Soil and Lutherans Concerned web sites. Reactions were pretty predictable…

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Churchwide Brief Summary

Share the post “Churchwide Brief Summary” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint Here’s a brief (and as accurate as I can provide) summary in my words of actions taken at Churchwide Assembly relevant to GLBT people. Since most people present were not parliamentarians, the proceedings at time seemed confusing. There were amendments, substitutions and votes coming out of the woodwork! I admire Bishop Hanson. He was so good at keeping…

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Churchwide – Last Update

Share the post “Churchwide – Last Update” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint This will be my last update from Chicago. I am about to go in for the final session. I will have no wireless until I return to Ohio on Sunday afternoon. Here’s the final on the sexuality memorials. Through a long series of parliamentary maneuverings, the Goodsoil memorials worked their way through the agenda. Full inclusion, memorial…

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Churchwide – Friday Summary

Share the post “Churchwide – Friday Summary” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint Another long day… Discussion continued in both morning and afternoon plenary sessions about the sexuality memorials. It was sandwiched between a variety of other business items. Here’s a quick summary. The substituted memorial which is the original Goodsoil memorial to ask for changes in policies to allow gay and lesbian clergy in committed relationships to remain on…

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Churchwide – Friday A.M.

Share the post “Churchwide – Friday A.M.” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint Discussion resumed late this morning on the sexuality memorial concerning rostering gay and lesbian people. The debate is whether is forward the memorial to the Sexuality Social Statement Task Force or deal with it at this assembly. Discussion is going well. The Bishop does a good job at moderating the discussion. There has been no heated or…

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Churchwide – Thursday

Share the post “Churchwide – Thursday” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint The Memorials Committee brought the sexuality memorials to the floor for consideration Thursday afternoon. As you can imagine, there was a flurry of motions, amendments and discussions. The first memorial to come to the floor was the blessing of same sex relationships. This memorial failed with hardly any discussion. That was what the inclusive folks wanted to happen…

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