Trinity Lutheran Church in Carrington, N.D., voted to leave the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. That brings to 30 the number of congregations in the twin synods bordering the Red River - or about 6 percent of the total - which have opted out of the nation's largest Lutheran body over the controversial vote in 2009 to allow clergy to live in same-sex relationships.
After decades of debate, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) on Tuesday struck down a barrier to ordaining gays, ratifying a proposal that removes the celibacy requirement for unmarried clergy, in the latest mainline Protestant move toward accepting gay relationships.
The bishop of the nation’s largest Lutheran church for the third time held a churchwide webcast town hall Sunday afternoon, taking questions from pastors and lay people online and a few from a small audience.
After last year's vote of delegates to allow non-celibate gay and lesbian pastors, leaders of 18 former Evangelical Lutheran Church in America churches are expected to be among more than 1,000 Lutherans voting Friday to create a brand new denomination they claim will follow the Scriptures more faithfully.
A year after the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's vote to allow gay clergy, 504 of the ELCA’s more than 10,000 congregations have taken at least one of the two votes required to leave the denomination, with most passing, according to Aug. 3 numbers from the ELCA.
The Rev. Canon Mary Glasspool, of Baltimore, was ordained and consecrated Saturday, making her the second openly gay bishop in church history and one of the first two female bishops in the Diocese of Los Angeles’ 114-year history.
Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson, leader of the nation’s largest Lutheran church, took 18 questions from members from Maryland to Texas, including South Dakota and Minnesota, on Sunday afternoon during his second live online “Town Hall.”
by most accounts, it has been a confusing and murky time in the nation’s largest Lutheran denomination since the ELCA’s decision last August to allow pastors in committed same-sex relationships to serve openly.
Move comes in response to decision regarding gay, lesbian pastors Leaders of a group within the ELCA opposed to the new policy allowing active gays and lesbians to be pastors said today they plan to form a new Lutheran denomination.
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