Major US evangelical denomination succumbs to pressureþ
- According to Pioneer Press "Delegates to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's nationwide assembly in Minneapolis on Wednesday approved a "social statement on human sexuality." The vote was a prelude to a bigger debate Friday, when delegates will tackle a proposal that would allow individual ELCA congregations to hire people in committed same-sex relationships as clergy."
But dissenting voices say "Even though the Rev. Mark Chavez believes the leaders of his church made a decision in direct contradiction of the Bible by lifting a ban on sexually active, monogamous gays and lesbians as clergy, he said he's staying with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. "
"Wednesday's debate was interrupted briefly in the afternoon when severe storms and a possible tornado passed through downtown Minneapolis, damaging the steeple of an ELCA church across the street from the convention center. Delegates were allowed to remain in the convention hall, but a few jokes about God's wrath proved inevitable. "
sources: http://www.twincities.com/ci_13164686 , http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/08/21/lutheran.gays/index.html?iref=newssearch
High tech weather forecasters were taken aback by this localized tornado which came with no warning damaging the steeple of this old ELCA church. Sad to note that a few houses in the vicinity were damaged as well.
Some people read it together with Mark 15:38
"The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, heard his cry and saw how he died, he said, "Surely this man was the Son of God!"
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