Wednesday, December 16, 2009
The ELCA publishing house is recommending a prayer addressing God as “Mother” in worship materials for Sunday, Dec. 27. The prayer is one of the Prayers of Intercession in the Sundays and Seasons worship planning resource widely used by ELCA pastors and is included in the “Celebrate” bulletin insert used by many ELCA congregations.
The ancient Latin phrase Lex orandi, lex credendi — which means “the law of prayer is the law of belief” — is taught to pastors and other worship planners as a reminder of the relationship between worship and the faith of God’s people. This important principle is sometimes translated, “As we worship, so we believe.” It highlights the importance of language used in worship and is a reminder of the significance of the Biblical and theological crisis in the ELCA.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Here is what you can read in this month’s newsletter:
+ Lutheran CORE leaders announce that a new Lutheran church body will be formed for those leaving the ELCA. Lutheran CORE will continue as an association for all Lutherans.
+ Lutheran CORE Steering Committee meets, expands ministry.
+ Northeastern Iowa Synod repudiates ELCA sexuality decisions and asks that synod’s ‘bound conscience’ be respected.
+ African immigrant Lutheran churches issue statement against ELCA sexuality decisions; some are joining Lutheran CORE.
+ Lutherans worldwide are praying for renewal of Lutheran Church in North America on Fridays
+ Eastern European Lutherans respond to sexuality decisions.
+ Articles to help congregations in benevolence decisions.
+ ‘Seeking New Directions for Lutheranism’ is theme of 2010 Lutheran CORE theological conference.
+ ELCA worship resources offer prayer to ‘Mother’ God.
+ Lutheran CORE gathering in Ohio draws 545 people
+ Manhattan Declaration addresses marriage, sanctity of life.
+ “Unintended Effects - How the ELCA’s Aim for Unity Fractured the Church by Dr. Robert Benne.
+ A view from the back row of the ELCA Church Council meeting by Pastor Erma Wolf.
Friday, December 11, 2009
CHICAGO - The presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is suggesting that the Bible isn't the last word on homosexuality.
In a town hall meeting Sunday, Bishop Mark Hanson said, "the understanding we have of homosexuality today does not seem to be reflected at all in the context of the biblical writers." Therefore, he said, Lutherans should consider more modern views on sexual orientation.
Thursday, December 03, 2009
Lutheran CORE is honored to have these faithful Christians standing with us. We are humbled by their faithful witness both during the 2009 ELCA Churchwide Assembly and since then. These faithful Christians faced persecution in their homeland of Ethiopia. They know what it means to stand firm in faith even in the face of intense opposition. Their witness is a source of encouragement to all who bear the name of Christ and to all who stand on the witness of Scripture and thus in opposition to the ELCA sexuality decisions.
Here We Stand -- the Response of The Oromo Evangelical Lutheran Churches of the ELCA to the 2009 ELCA Church Wide Assembly on the Social Statement of human sexuality was released online on November 26. Following are excerpts of their statement. The entire statement can be read at their website.
1. The people and the Government of the
2. Irrespective of all these, we want to express our disagreements with the ELCA’s decisions of the 2009 on the Churchwide Assembly regarding homosexuality lifestyle. We are saddened that the church that proclaims the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments can err and deny what it proclaims.
3. As a member and body of Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), we, Oromo Evangelical Lutheran Congregations, express our strong disagreement on the decision of the 2009 ELCA Churchwide Assembly on “Human Sexuality: Gift and Trust” that approves same-sex unions contrary to the Scripture and adopting a resolution to ordain homosexuals.
4. Our church leaders have been expressing their concern and opposition to Synods, synod conventions and Church-wide Assemblies about the direction ELCA is taking in blessing same-sex unions, and ordaining homosexuals in contrary to God’s original creation and the Scriptures. . . .
a. We disagree on “Visions and Expectations” of August 2009 ELCA Churchwide Assembly resolution in relation to homosexuality.
b. We cannot in the name of “bound conscience” accept a policy contrary to the Scriptures.
c. We cannot accept the ministries of any gay or lesbian persons ordained by the ELCA or any church in our congregations and/or at synod or church-wide meetings.
d. We will work, consult and collaborate with the all-Lutheran bodies those in confessional resistance as to how we should continue our ministries as committed Lutherans in the
e. We will earnestly pray for the ELCA that it may change its current course and come back to its original path and save the unity of the ELCA.
29. Therefore, Union of Oromo Evangelical Churches (UOEC) takes a firm stand based on the authoritative Word of God that homosexuality is sinful, and immoral. Because of UOEC firm belief and conviction that the Bible regards homosexual behavior as sinful and God’s original creation rejects same-sex unions, UOEC would not support blessing of same-sex, including ordination, consecration or commissioning. We believe, doing otherwise is a rejection of God’s commandment against same-sex conduct and God’s heterosexual order of creation.