Lutherans seeing fallout over gay clergy issue
- Lutherans seeing fallout over gay clergy issue
by Patrick Condon
Thursday Feb 25, 2010
Until a few weeks ago, the Rev. Gail Sowell was pastor at two Lutheran
churches in the small Wisconsin town of Edgar. That was before members of
both congregations jumped headfirst into the simmering debate over gay
clergy in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.
"It was pretty gruesome," Sowell said, recalling shouting matches inside the
sanctuary; the mass resignation of one church's council, save one member;
even whispers around town that she was a lesbian. "For the record, I'm not,"
When the smoke cleared, the congregation at St. John Lutheran Church
narrowly voted to not leave the ELCA. Across town at Peace Lutheran, they
voted to leave and fired Sowell. "Fortunately, I'm thick-skinned," she said.
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