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Uplifting and Supportive Pastoral Letter

Share the post “Uplifting and Supportive Pastoral Letter” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint Bishop Paul Stumme-Diers of the Greater Milwaukee Synod, has written a pastoral letter amplifying the decision of the synod to oppose the proposed constitutional amendment defining marriage that is before voters in Wisconsin. The text of that letter is reproduced below. It’s refreshing to see a person of this stature in the ELCA take this dramatic…

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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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Off to camp

Share the post “Off to camp” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint Thursday morning I left for camp. I’ve been at Camp North Bay in North East, Maryland a Lutherans Concerned leadership retreat. The camp is a modern facility with nice buildings and grounds. The photo on the left is our meeting space. We are staying at a local motel and commuting to the camp for the day. I wasn’t…

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Unjust Recent ELCA Action

Share the post “Unjust Recent ELCA Action” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint It’s been a long time since I’ve posted some thoughts about the Church and the inclusion of GLBT people. So, excuse me going off in a long post. A few weeks ago Pr. Brad Schmeling of Atlanta was charged to be in violation of ELCA “Definitions and Guidelines for Discipline for Ordained Ministers” and asked to resign…

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Together in Toronto

Share the post “Together in Toronto” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint This past weekend Brett and I attended the 2006 Lutherans Concerned Assembly, Together in Toronto. This biennial event was ecumenical this time with the GLBT Lutherans joining with fellow queers from the United Church of Canada, Brethrens and Mennonites. Toronto is always a beautiful city and the University of Toronto and surrounding Midtown neighborhood was very Toronto-like. The…

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Please sign the Vision Not Division Petition

Share the post “Please sign the Vision Not Division Petition” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint The following comes from an email that I received from Equality Ohio. Please read the following and sign the petition. This election season, if candidates for any office want to climb the political ladder, they’re going to have to do it without stepping on the backs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people….

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Out in the Church

Share the post “Out in the Church” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint Having served in many church volunteer roles over my life, I never have attended an ELCA Churchwide Assembly. This year I decided to run as a delegate representing NE Ohio. Completing the profile for the balloting, I made a decision to run with my GLBT church activism evident. This runs counter to the majority of GLBT folk…

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Faith in America

Share the post “Faith in America” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint The current issue of The Advocate had an intriguing article about Faith in America, a new faith-based initiative to counter the bigotry and misleading ads by the conservative “so-called” Christian organizations. This organization is funded heavily by furniture maker, Mitchell Gold. After visiting the web site I came away very impressed. I urge you to take a look…

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