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the true meaning of christmas

Earlier this week I experienced what the true meaning of Christmas really is. I was on a committee for our department’s annual holiday charity giving. We had selected a local special needs agency. They provide housing for 43 adults with special needs. Our department provided gifts for all the residents and hosted a holiday party. It was at the party that I experienced the Christmas…

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adoption of the report and recommendation on ministry policies

As I stated in my post earlier in the week, I am sharing my personal thoughts on the actions of the 2009 ELCA Churchwide Assembly related to sexuality. I was a voting member at the 2007 assembly where the resolution was passed calling for a review of the ELCA ministry policies and a recommendation to be presented at this summer’s assembly. This resolution was targetting…

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publicly accountable lifelong, monogamous, same-gender relationships

This week I thought I would give my take on some of the actions of the 2009 ELCA Churchwide Assembly related to sexuality. I thought I would begin with implementing resolution 1 for the Sexuality Statement. Resolution 1: Adopted by a vote of 619-402: “Resolved, that the ELCA commit itself to finding ways to allow congregations that choose to do so to recognize, support and…

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a most monumental day

Nineteen years ago on a cold late October night Brett and I and a handful of gay Lutherans huddled in the living room of the Christ Lutheran parsonage in Cuyahoga Falls. Little did those present know how our lives would be transformed by this meeting. Lutherans Concerned became an integral part of our lives. As our lives changed, so did Lutherans Concerned. Initially we were…

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grace upon grace

From Christ’s fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known. — John 1:16-18 Yesterday The ELCA Churchwide Assembly adopted the sexuality social statement. This Bible passage above…

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god’s work, our hands

This afternoon the ELCA Churchwide Assembly continues its discussion on the proposed sexuality social statement. As a delegate to the previous Churchwide Assembly in Chicago, I am comforted in knowing that Bishop Hanson continues to lead the ELCA. He did an extraordinary job in managing difficult discussions and decisions at the 2007 assembly. I saw his leadership in action Monday night as I watched the…

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lutherans heat up minneapolis

Today the ELCA begins their 2009 Churchwide Assembly in Minneapolis, the holy city of American Lutheranism. Over 1,000 delegates from across the USA will meet as this weeklong biennial meeting and make a variety of decisions on the life of the denomination. This year the ELCA is adopting a sexuality statement. It’s a pretty broad statement addressing many issues of sexuality. Of course the most…

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