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One Week till Chicago and Navy Pier

Share the post “One Week till Chicago and Navy Pier” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint This coming Saturday I leave for Chicago and the ELCA Churchwide Assembly. I think it will be quite an experience. This past week I received the latest issue of The Lutheran. The Editor’s column spoke about the importance of the assembly. Daniel Lehmann, the Editor, spoke on the difficulty of discussing sexuality in the…

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2 Weeks and Counting

Share the post “2 Weeks and Counting” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint In two weeks I leave for Chicago and the ELCA’s Churchwide Assembly. This will be a long and exciting week. Yesterday, the voting members from NE Ohio met for an orientation session. It appears to be the typical Lutheran group, actually somewhat diverse. There is so much material to cover. I already have 2” binder full. Much…

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When it comes to gays, what would Luther do?

Share the post “When it comes to gays, what would Luther do?” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint OK, two religious posts in a few days… I promise that I am not going to get over religious on you this week, but today’s USA Today’s Monday: On Religion editorial page featured an editorial by Mary Zeiss Stange, professor of women’s studies and religion at Skidmore College. You can read the…

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Division in the Church

Share the post “Division in the Church” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint This past week, the ELCA removed Pastor Bradley Schmeling of Atlanta from its clergy roster. Pr. Schmeling, a gay man in a same sex committed relationship, was tried at an ELCA discipline hearing in January. He was found to be in violation of the ELCA Visions and Expectations document. The verdict was for him to be removed…

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It’s been a rollercoaster weekend!

Share the post “It’s been a rollercoaster weekend!” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint Brett and I attended the NE Ohio ELCA Synod Assembly at the Knight Center in Akron all day Friday and this morning. I staffed the Lutherans Concerned display in the exhibit area. It went very well. Brett volunteered with registration. On the other hand, I was working with the Synod GLBT Task Force and 3 area…

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Progress on inclusivity in the ELCA

Share the post “Progress on inclusivity in the ELCA” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint I have been working with other Lutherans Concerned Regional Coordinators and the Good Soil legislative team on assisting local teams with introducing resolutions pertinent to GLBT people at synod assemblies across the ELCA. Much of this action surrounds the outcome of the trial of Pr. Bradley Schmeling of Atlanta. After a few months of assembly…

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Proof that justice can be served in the ELCA

Share the post “Proof that justice can be served in the ELCA” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint The discipline hearing committee constituted to hear charges against Pastor Bradley Schmeling has released its decision. You can view the complete trial decision or abbreviated update at the St. John Atlanta web site. It has also been posted on the ELCA news server. News networks will surely be picking up the story…

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New Bishop, New Hopes

Share the post “New Bishop, New Hopes” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint Today I spent a long day at the Northeastern Ohio Synod, ELCA Bishop Election in Cuyahoga Falls. I was one of over 600 delegates to this special synod assembly where a Bishop is chosen via ecclesiastical ballot. For those not familiar with that type of election, it is a process where names are submitted by all and…

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Sherrod Brown on Faithful Democrats

Share the post “Sherrod Brown on Faithful Democrats” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint Election Day is tomorrow. It appears that Ted Strickland will be our next Governor. Sherrod Brown is leading in the polls, but the race looks close. I think he will pull it off. There are many reasons to support Sherrod Brown. Morality and family values are tossed around by most candidates, usually those with those qualities…

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Reflections from this past weekend

Share the post “Reflections from this past weekend” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint I arrived back home late last night from my weekend Lutherans Concerned leadership retreat in Maryland. It was a phenomenal experience. I didn’t know what to expect going into the 5 day weekend. I came out very much energized and more aware of what it takes to make Lutherans Concerned work. The days were very long,…

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