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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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extravagant grace and unimaginable possibilities

I subscribe to several daily devotions. I find them inspirational. They often set the tone of my day. I especially like the Cathedral of Hope’s daily devotion. The Cathedral of Hope is a largely LGBT UCC congregation of 4,000 members in Dallas. Their devotions come from a variety of pastors on their staff. They are not generally LGBT focused, but at times do speak to…

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prop 8 stands but times are a changing

It is a curious oddity that perhaps the most progressive state in the USA does not support marriage equality for same sex couples. I adamantly hold to the premise that civil rights should not be subject to popular vote. To allow any majority to impose their will on any minority group’s civil rights is just not right. That is the fallacy of prop 8. Looking…

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miss california’s boob-boo

I refrain from posts on the National Organization for Marriage (NOM). They hunger for a mention in any blog. This right wing hate-mongering group is attempting to position itself as the protectors of traditional marriage. Their take on recognizing same sex marriage is that it comes at a cost of victimizing those who are of different opinions on the matter. They see same sex marriage…

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