Lutheran Synod removes gay pastor

Lutheran Pastor Brad Schmeling has lost his appeal to remain a pastor in a Lutheran Church in the Atlanta area. He was removed because he is a gay man in a relationship, which is contradictory to Lutheran canons.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has an article detailing the most recent developments and which includes background links plus the news that this particular case is expected to be appealed.

“The Rev. Bradley Schmeling lost another skirmish with the nation’s largest Lutheran denomination over the fact that he is in a gay relationship.

But he and his flock at Atlanta’s St. John’s Lutheran Church intend to take the battle national.

Schmeling and members of St. John’s in Druid Hills say they will travel to a national church conference in August to try to change the minds of delegates on gay issues.

They will host a forum, hoping that hearing Schmeling share his story will convince delegates to change ELCA policies.

Schmeling said he will remain St. John’s minister.”

Read the rest here: Gay pastor’s bid for inclusion denied.

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