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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 – 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 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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Churchwide – Tuesday P.M.

Share the post “Churchwide – Tuesday P.M.” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint It was the busiest day so far. Late in the afternoon session, the discussion of the sexuality resolutions came up. It was held as a quasi quorum as a whole. It is basically a parliamentary thing where the governing session is adjourned, the Bishop remains presiding, and is an open time for discussion where no motions can…

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Churchwide – Wednesday Lunch Report

Share the post “Churchwide – Wednesday Lunch Report” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint This morning we covered a variety of topics in session. One of the most interesting things was a keynote from an African Bishop. I am sorry that I do not have here name with me. She was so dynamic. She spoke about discrimination of females in Africa and the terrible crimes against humanity. At one point…

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Churchwide – Tuesday Summary

Share the post “Churchwide – Tuesday Summary” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint Yesterday was a pretty routine assembly day. The business of the assembly was routine with the approval of 2 pretty tame memorials. I did enjoy worship. They used setting 8 with contemporary and Hispanic hymns. It was very uplifting. Last night was very memorable. I went for Chicago pizza with Paul and Karen Jolly and Ruth Beeson,…

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LC/NA Churchwide – Monday Summary

Share the post “LC/NA Churchwide – Monday Summary” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint Here’s a good summary of Monday’s events from the Lutherans Concerned web site. Here is a look at the booklets being distributed. They are really a hit. People are talking about them and reading them. Share the post “LC/NA Churchwide – Monday Summary” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn Print Email

Churchwide – Tuesday Early Morning

Share the post “Churchwide – Tuesday Early Morning” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint Yesterday was a long day. The plenary session ended at 9:30 p.m. Pr. Don King and I walked back to the Hyatt. We then went to the Goodsoil wine and cheese reception and evening worship service. It was standing room only! This morning I can tell you more about the pastors coming out. A press conference…

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