Day: August 21, 2009

And now the nuts and bolts

The ELCA has voted for the ordination and placement of gay and lesbian persons who are in “publicly accountable lifelong, monogamous, same-gender relationships.” Now they have passed the practicalities about how they make this a reality in their denomination.

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ELCA votes on new ministry policies today

Breaking News Today the Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church is voting on four major pieces of legislation that modifies their ministry policies. If passed in its entirety then the ELCA will allow people “in such publicly accountable, lifelong, monogamous, same-gender relationships to serve as rostered leaders of this church.”

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Invitation and exclusion

“The Catholic bishops do not allow us to invite non-Catholic Christians to receive Eucharist. We ask that you respect the discipline of the Roman Catholic Church and join us in prayer for the unity of all Christians, for whom our Lord Jesus prayed on the night before he died.”

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How I became an agnostic covering the religion beat

What rankled most was the hypocrisy, the fact that the Bible’s scattered and random words on homosexuality were uncontestable for all time and yet, somehow, divorce – which Jesus himself appears from the Gospels to have condemned – was somehow only a minor and changeable transgression.

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There was a time when I would have identified only those who loved me and whom I loved as grace-bearers. They were the ones with whom I felt most “at one.” Our mutual trust, our mutual giving and concern, caring and compassion were, I thought, intimations of God’s outgoing love for us. We were filled by God, uplifted by God, and we knew we belonged to God.

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