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April 15, 2000 | Times Wire Services
Leaders of the 5.2-million-member Evangelical Lutheran Church in America have decided to press ahead on a unity pact with the Episcopal Church, despite some opposition. The Church Council, which sets policy between sessions of the Lutherans' national assembly, also asked the denominational staff to consider whether exceptions should be allowed to a 1990 ban on homosexual behavior by the clergy and report back in November. The issue arose when the St. Paul, Minn.
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August 22, 2009 | Duke Helfand
The nation's largest Lutheran denomination Friday reversed a long-standing ban on the appointment of non-celibate gays to the clergy, becoming the second major Christian group in a month to liberalize policies governing who may minister the faith. Leaders of the 4.6-million-member Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, meeting in Minneapolis, gave local congregations the authority to choose ministers or lay leaders who may be in "lifelong, monogamous, same-gender relationships."
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August 22, 2009 | Duke Helfand
The nation's largest Lutheran denomination Friday reversed a long-standing ban on the appointment of non-celibate gays to the clergy, becoming the second major Christian group in a month to liberalize policies governing who may minister the faith. Leaders of the 4.6-million-member Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, meeting in Minneapolis, gave local congregations the authority to choose ministers or lay leaders who may be in "lifelong, monogamous, same-gender relationships."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2000 | Times Wire Services
Leaders of the 5.2-million-member Evangelical Lutheran Church in America have decided to press ahead on a unity pact with the Episcopal Church, despite some opposition. The Church Council, which sets policy between sessions of the Lutherans' national assembly, also asked the denominational staff to consider whether exceptions should be allowed to a 1990 ban on homosexual behavior by the clergy and report back in November. The issue arose when the St. Paul, Minn.
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June 30, 1990 | Associated Press
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America says a 12-member discipline committee has been appointed to rule on charges made against two San Francisco congregations for ordaining three homosexuals. The committee has 45 days to complete its findings.
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September 8, 1990
All 11,000-plus congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will soon receive a mailing from a new evangelical umbrella organization, which says its mission is to revive the liberal mainline denomination. The mailing from the Great Commission Network is targeted for late September and will include the network's mission statement.
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March 16, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
VANCOUVER, British Columbia--More than 60 bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America have issued a statement vigorously protesting the Israeli military's occupation of a U.S.-supported Lutheran school in Bethlehem. "We cannot remain silent while our brothers and sisters of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and Palestine continue to suffer as innocent victims of the violence in the Middle East," said Mark Hanson, the presiding bishop of the 5.
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November 16, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Restrictions on immigration since Sept. 11 and a drop in donations have led Lutherans to make extensive cuts in one of their programs for refugees and newcomers to the United States. The Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service eliminated 14 jobs and froze salaries last month to stabilize the agency's finances. Before the restructuring, the agency employed about 70 people at the national office in Baltimore and in other parts of the country.
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August 23, 1997 | Compiled from Times staff and wire reports
Addie J. Butler of Philadelphia has been elected vice president of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the 5.2-million member denomination's highest office for a member of the laity. The vote at the denomination's church-wide assembly meeting this week in Philadelphia made Butler the third vice president in the church's 10-year history and the first African American elected to the post. She succeeds Kathy Magnus.
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July 13, 1991 | From Times Wire Services
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America reports its first membership gain in nearly a decade. The Lutheran body said its overall membership rose in 1990 to 5,240,739, an increase of 1,959. The denomination, created in a 1988 merger, said the last gains by predecessor bodies occurred in the early 1980s. Most mainline Protestant denominations have been declining in membership for 25 years.
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April 4, 1987 | Associated Press
Two prominent prospective nominees for presiding bishop of the newly uniting Evangelical Lutheran Church in America have said they will not be available when the constituting convention is held April 30-May 3. Author-historian Martin E. Marty of Chicago and Luther College President George Anderson of Decorah, Iowa, said this week they didn't want the post.
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