Friday, January 15, 2010

SD Lutheran rift: at least 7 congregations moving toward disaffiliation

This might be bigger news than the Bishop and Synod want, since they are speaking to it on Friday, the news coverage graveyard.

KELO AM, Sioux Falls news just gave the following report:

Bishop: SD synod won't split
Friday, January 15, 2010

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The bishop of the South Dakota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America says seven congregations in the state have taken initial steps toward leaving the country's largest Lutheran denomination over its policy to allow gay clergy. The Rev. David Zellmer says he also has been asked to lead the entire synod into a new denomination. But he says that won't happen, no matter his own misgivings about the decision. Zellmer says this is not the first time he has been upset with the church, but he has never wanted to leave. ELCA convention delegates in August voted to lift a ban prohibiting gay and lesbian pastors who were not celibate from serving as clergy. The new policy will allow such people to lead ELCA churches as long as they are in committed, lifelong relationships.

Transcript from here, but you will have to scroll down because it is a 24 hr. news feed and the Lutheran story is already below a "lull in the flu" report.

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