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« Topic Start: August 21, 2009, 10:54:08 pm »


Lutherans to allow sexually active gays as clergy

MINNEAPOLIS – Leaders of the nation's largest Lutheran church voted Friday to allow sexually active gays and lesbians in committed relationships to serve as clergy.

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« Reply #1: August 22, 2009, 06:13:30 am »

Lutherans to allow sexually active gays as clergy

MINNEAPOLIS – Leaders of the nation's largest Lutheran church voted Friday to allow sexually active gays and lesbians in committed relationships to serve as clergy.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090822/ap_on_re_us/us_lutherans_gays

I saw yesterday that this was being discussed; I'm glad to see it passed.  It's times like this I'm really proud of my religious upbringing.
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« Reply #2: August 22, 2009, 08:05:48 am »

Lutherans to allow sexually active gays as clergy

MINNEAPOLIS – Leaders of the nation's largest Lutheran church voted Friday to allow sexually active gays and lesbians in committed relationships to serve as clergy.


It's fascinating to watch the various mainstream Protestant denominations evolving on this issue, particularly the looming Anglican schism. Part of me thinks, "Wow, that's great!" and another part thinks, "You are so late with your baby steps."

And it makes me wonder if I'd be a Christian today if these denominations had been up to speed on gay issues when I was growing up. It would be a terrible fit for me, but one of the reasons it was so easy to throw off the dominant religion of our culture (aside from parents who didn't inculcate me with it) was that virtually all brands of it were so hostile to the fundamental me.
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« Reply #3: August 22, 2009, 08:09:34 am »

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Isn't that going to piss off the Fundies. Since the Lutheran Church already has separate conservative groups that split off years ago, I don't it will cause much trouble within the church itself.
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« Reply #4: August 22, 2009, 09:48:17 am »

Isn't that going to piss off the Fundies. Since the Lutheran Church already has separate conservative groups that split off years ago, I don't it will cause much trouble within the church itself.

Yeah, it pretty much just means that there will be some swapping between the ECLA and the Missouri synod.

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« Reply #5: August 25, 2009, 01:44:45 am »

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« Reply #6: August 25, 2009, 07:54:45 am »

Part of me thinks, "Wow, that's great!" and another part thinks, "You are so late with your baby steps."

Well...  yes, but less so than others.  Just among other Lutherans:  Missouri Synod, last I checked, still wasn't even ordaining women, and Wisconsin Synod doesn't allow their female members a voice in the way the church is run.  I definitely see the "why did it take this long" angle, but at the same time I do feel like the ELCA deserves some credit for being, at least, less-behind and less-slow than others.
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« Reply #7: August 25, 2009, 09:01:49 pm »

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Can't wait to ask my Dad how his church took that news. He's socially liberal, but I imagine some of the old folks in the congregation weren't too happy.

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« Reply #8: August 28, 2009, 03:13:59 am »

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Awesome! Ditto on the sad babysteps thing, though.
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