New Lutheran group likely to rise from gay discord
by Patrick Condon
Thursday Aug 26, 2010
Richard Mahan and Anita Hill are both Lutheran pastors who were inside a
Minneapolis convention hall last summer when delegates for the Evangelical
Lutheran Church in America voted to allow non-celibate gay and lesbian
Afterward, each cried for different reasons.
Mahan, lead pastor at St. Timothy in Charleston, W.Va., said he cried
because he realized he would likely leave the denomination in which he had
invested 42 years of ministry. For Hill, the openly gay lead pastor at St.
Paul-Reformation in St. Paul, they were tears of "joy and relief."
A year later, the ELCA is moving gay pastors into its fold - it's now the
largest Protestant denomination in the U.S. to allow noncelibate gays into
its ranks - even as the most visible dissidents strike out on their own.
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