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Saturday, August 11, 2007

Lutherans to allow Gays in Committed Relationships to Pastor

The story is here
:: posted by Padre Rob+, 1:27 PM


Well, it's not quite that enthusiastic (not that "allow" is enthusiastic) -- they're kind of backing into it. Here's the actual report from the church assembly.

Still, it's a big move in the broader Lutheran context, and good news.
Blogger Jane R, at 8:58 PM  
O thanks for the actual report, Jane. I was looking for it and couldn't find it.
Blogger PadreRob+, at 9:02 PM  
I'm a ecumaniac and subscribe to almost all the religious news services. (Free but you have to deal with inbox overload; Eudora has filters so at least the news releases land in their own little folder and not in my inbox. I subscribe at home. At the college we have Lotus Notes, which I hate and which doesn't have filters, how stupid is that. So you have to archive everything manually after the fact. I think they assume no one archives e-mail. But some of us verbal pack-rats do!)

So I've been deluged with ELCA mail this week (last week it was the Presbyterians - there's always more mail when a denomination is holding its general assembly). I also get the Greek Orthodox stuff :-).

And the Episcopal and Anglican Communion News Services, of course.
Blogger Jane R, at 9:16 PM  
Rob, I've just posted some links to the organization Goodsoil on my blog. Very good stuff, very loving, very Lutheran.
Blogger Jane R, at 8:51 PM  
If I understand the situation correctly, the ELCA move is similar to what the PCUSA did at its last General Assembly--essentially a local option with an implicit moratorium on disciplinary actions while the debate (conversation?) continues. Hardly enthusiastic, as Jane points out, but very definitely a move in the right direction and, I think, a good indication of how the wind is blowing.
Blogger Ed, at 9:14 AM  
well, for some of us, any affirmation at all is enthusiastic and cause for rejoicing
Blogger PadreRob+, at 2:44 PM  
For those of us with Lutheran clergy partners, this brings a space to breathe a bit.
Blogger Christopher Evans, at 11:51 AM  
Christopher, God'd blessings be with you and your partner. Thank you for your faitful witness.
Blogger Padre Rob+, at 1:23 PM  

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