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May 31, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant, This post has been corrected. See note below.
A North Hollywood theology professor ordained just two years ago after the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America dropped its ban on same-sex ministers was elected Friday as the church's first openly gay bishop. The Rev. R. Guy Erwin won a six-year term to the Southwest California Synod, which encompasses the greater Los Angeles area, according to church officials. The historic vote came Friday during a three-day assembly of the synod held in Woodland Hills. FOR THE RECORD: Lutheran bishop: An article in the June 1, 2013, LATextra section about the election of an openly gay bishop in Southern California incorrectly described the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America as the largest denomination in the United States.
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OPINION
June 20, 2013
Re "Tied in knots over interfaith weddings," Opinion, June 16 As a retired Lutheran pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, I was intrigued by Naomi Schaefer Riley's Op-Ed article. I officiated at the wedding of a Roman Catholic priest, who married a divorced Danish Lutheran woman, in a Missouri Synod Lutheran church. And they are still married. I often say that I tied a square knot, not a slipknot or a noose, when the marriage lasts. And theirs has. The Rev. L.A. Jacobson Wilsonville, Ore. ALSO: Letters: L.A.'s plastic bag ban Letters: If she only had a gun Letters: 'Robin Hood' of Mexico?
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NEWS
January 22, 1990 | JOHN DART and RUSSELL CHANDLER, TIMES RELIGION WRITERS
A lesbian couple and an openly gay man newly installed as Lutheran ministers in unauthorized rites began their pastoral duties Sunday--performing a baptism and serving Communion--as an ecclesiastical tug-of-war loomed within their denomination. After their ordination in a joint ceremony Saturday that defied the Lutheran ban on non-celibate homosexuals becoming clergy, the two women were welcomed at an emotional service Sunday morning at one congregation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 2013 | By Jean Merl
The Rev. R. Guy Erwin, who was recently elected the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's first openly gay bishop, will attend a White House reception Thursday marking LGBT Pride Month, church officials said. Bishop-elect Erwin, a theology and religious history professor who lives in Woodland Hills, was elected last month to a six-year term in the ELCA's Southwest California Synod, which includes the greater Los Angeles area. Ordained two years ago after the church opened the ministry to gay and lesbian pastors and other professional workers living in committed relationships, Erwin will take office Sept.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 1998 | Religion News Service
The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, concluding it triennial meeting last week, has voted to criticize the ecumenical activities of other Lutheran bodies. Expressing profound disagreement, delegates to the national convention of the synod passed a resolution that criticized their spiritual siblings in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 29, 1998 | Religion News Service
The leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, the nation's two largest Lutheran bodies, have agreed to start making plans for formal joint discussions. The two churches have not talked since the Evangelical Lutheran Church was formed a decade ago and relations between the two denominations have been frosty. In July, at its national convention, the 2.
OPINION
February 5, 2009
Re "School wins bias case ruling," Jan. 28 Concerning the 4th District Court of Appeal's decision to uphold California Lutheran High School's expulsion of two girls "for having 'a bond of intimacy' that was 'characteristic of a lesbian relationship,' " please let me clarify that California Lutheran High School is operated by a small Lutheran sect with a limited presence in California. Neither the school nor its decision to expel the students represent the mainstream opinion of the Lutheran Church in California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 2000 | Associated Press
Clergy ordination rules that are part of a new unity pact between the Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will be reconsidered after questions from the national council of the 5.2-million-member Lutheran denomination. The Lutheran-Episcopal pact requires that clergy be ordained in Episcopal fashion, by bishops in a line of "apostolic succession" traced back to the early church.
NEWS
September 4, 1987
Outspoken anti-apartheid leader Rev. T. Simon Farisani said in St. Paul, Minn., that he plans to teach in Berkeley now that he has completed several months of treatment at the Minnesota Center for Torture Victims. Farisani said he will not return to South Africa immediately because the white government there has made it impossible for him to carry out his duties as deputy bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church by restricting his movements in his homeland of Venda.
OPINION
June 20, 2013
Re "Tied in knots over interfaith weddings," Opinion, June 16 As a retired Lutheran pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, I was intrigued by Naomi Schaefer Riley's Op-Ed article. I officiated at the wedding of a Roman Catholic priest, who married a divorced Danish Lutheran woman, in a Missouri Synod Lutheran church. And they are still married. I often say that I tied a square knot, not a slipknot or a noose, when the marriage lasts. And theirs has. The Rev. L.A. Jacobson Wilsonville, Ore. ALSO: Letters: L.A.'s plastic bag ban Letters: If she only had a gun Letters: 'Robin Hood' of Mexico?
OPINION
June 1, 2013
Re "Women becoming priests without Vatican's blessing," May 26 The article does not best reflect the Roman Catholic Church's reasons for an all-male clergy. Unencumbered by social and religious mores, Christ could have used the generic "all are equally human" argument and also chosen his mother (who better?) to sacramentally represent him. But he did not. The priesthood is not a job, it is an identity "set apart. " In the transcendence of time and space, it is Christ who is the presider, affecter and dispenser of all sacraments.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant, This post has been corrected. See note below.
A North Hollywood theology professor ordained just two years ago after the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America dropped its ban on same-sex ministers was elected Friday as the church's first openly gay bishop. The Rev. R. Guy Erwin won a six-year term to the Southwest California Synod, which encompasses the greater Los Angeles area, according to church officials. The historic vote came Friday during a three-day assembly of the synod held in Woodland Hills. FOR THE RECORD: Lutheran bishop: An article in the June 1, 2013, LATextra section about the election of an openly gay bishop in Southern California incorrectly described the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America as the largest denomination in the United States.
OPINION
June 5, 2011 | Doyle McManus
Of the 44 U.S. presidents, all but a handful have been affiliated with a relatively narrow list of traditional Protestant denominations. Eleven were Episcopalians (12 if you count Thomas Jefferson, whose adult beliefs are a subject of debate), eight were Presbyterians, four were Methodists and four were Baptists. Others included Congregationalists, Dutch Reformed and Disciples of Christ. President Obama attended Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, a congregation with traditional Protestant roots despite its untraditional pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. In Washington, Obama has attended services at mostly black Protestant churches.
NATIONAL
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."
OPINION
February 5, 2009
Re "School wins bias case ruling," Jan. 28 Concerning the 4th District Court of Appeal's decision to uphold California Lutheran High School's expulsion of two girls "for having 'a bond of intimacy' that was 'characteristic of a lesbian relationship,' " please let me clarify that California Lutheran High School is operated by a small Lutheran sect with a limited presence in California. Neither the school nor its decision to expel the students represent the mainstream opinion of the Lutheran Church in California.
NATIONAL
July 6, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The openly gay pastor of Atlanta's oldest Lutheran church has been removed from his denomination's clergy roster. But the Rev. Bradley Schmeling said Thursday that he would not leave the pulpit of St. John's Lutheran Church, a decision that could open the 350-member congregation to disciplinary action from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. "The congregation issued a call to me in 2000 and, as far as we are concerned, that hasn't changed," Schmeling said.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 24, 1990 | From Religious News Service
Bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America have collectively denounced the recent ordinations of three acknowledged homosexuals in San Francisco and have pledged to "admonish" all ministers who participated in the ceremony. The bishops released a statement this week arising from closed-door discussions early this month in La Jolla during a Conference of Bishops gathering.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 1986 | United Press International
The church council of the American Lutheran Church has approved Chicago as the site of the merged Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. The headquarters site debate was the most controversial issue during two days of meetings here this week held by the ALC church council. The council approved the site Tuesday. ALC, Lutheran Church in America (LCA) and Assn. of Evangelical Lutheran Church (AELC) are forming the 5.3 million-member merged church, the largest Lutheran organization in America.
NATIONAL
January 14, 2005 | Larry B. Stammer, Times Staff Writer
Underscoring deep divisions in the nation's largest Lutheran denomination, a task force on Thursday called for retaining the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's prohibition against ordaining noncelibate homosexuals, but urged caution in disciplining congregations and clergy who ignored the ban.
NEWS
March 15, 2001 | MARY ROURKE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
What would they say at Lake Wobegon, Garrison Keillor's mythical town, about the rumblings of change in the Lutheran church? As word spreads of an agreement that says Lutherans can share their clergy with the Episcopalians, so does a deepening fear.
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