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Study Process Aided ELCA Gay Breakthrough

Close on the heels of a similar decision by the Episcopal Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America lifted its ban on calling gay and lesbian pastors and approved of supporting committed, same-sex relationships of church members. The 4.6-million-member ELCA, holding its weeklong Churchwide Assembly

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Mainline Called Uncounted Force for Change

The White House has an oft-overlooked religious ally for solving the country’s social problems through greatly expanded government programs, if a new survey of senior pastors in mainline Protestant churches is a good indication. Republican politicians and commentators have opposed President Obama’s economic stimulus initiatives

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Gay Acceptance Has Advances and Setbacks in Three Denominations

“The Church’s Unfinished Sexual Revolution” was the title of an article in the spring 2006 issue of Yale Divinity School’s Reflections magazine. In it longtime Christian ethicist James B. Nelson described some progress in church thinking about sexual ethics, but contended that the church’s agenda

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How Faiths Fight Fires

Recently, just as an ecumenical gathering was commencing, a secretary rushed in shouting, “The building is on fire!” The Methodists gathered in a corner and prayed. The Baptists cried, “Where is the water?” The Quakers quietly praised God for blessings that fire brings. The Lutherans

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Relationships Matter

St. Paul-Reformation Lutheran Church, St. Paul, Minn. November 12, 2000 Readings for the 24th Sunday after Pentecost: I Kings 17:8-16, Hebrews 9:24-28, Mark 12:38-44 Even as our universe literally expands before our eyes (a la the new findings of the Hubble telescope and space exploration