September 21, 1991 |
Ask and ye shall receive. That is a lesson the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has learned--a lesson that could prove valuable to the 5.2-million-member denomination, which has run up sizable deficits each fiscal year since its founding in 1988. In August, 1990, 13 congregations had to put their building plans on hold because the church's property and building loan fund had simply run out of available cash. But now, a year later, no one has to wait.
September 7, 1991 |
A strong anti-abortion stand by the nation's largest Lutheran denomination should help lead the country out of an "extremist morass" on the issue, the organization's presiding bishop said this week. But Bishop Herbert W. Chilstrom said it was unfortunate that New York's Roman Catholic Cardinal John O'Connor had sent delegates a letter urging them to take a tough stance protecting "the unborn."
September 4, 1991 |
The biennial assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America took a firm stand against abortion, condoning it only as "an option of last resort." The delegates, meeting in Orlando, Fla., voted 905 to 70 for a policy stating that abortion is acceptable only when the life of the mother is endangered, when the fetus is so abnormal it would soon die or in the cases of rape or incest. The delegates also urged U.S. economic pressure on Israel to stop Jewish settlements in Arab territories.
September 1, 1991 |
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America vowed to pursue Christian unity through "full communion" with other churches. In a "Declaration of Ecumenical Commitment," the biennial assembly in Orlando, Fla., of the 5.2-million-member denomination overwhelmingly voted to work toward holding a common faith, sharing the Lord's Supper and providing for exchange of members and ministers with other Protestants, Roman Catholics and Eastern Orthodox.
August 31, 1991 |
Bishop Herbert W. Chilstrom was overwhelmingly reelected as head of the nation's largest Lutheran denomination Friday. He got 885 ballots of 1,025 cast in a second round of balloting at the biennial assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The total, 86.3%, was well beyond the 75% needed to keep him at the helm another four years. Chilstrom, 59, has guided the 5.
July 13, 1991 |
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.
April 20, 1991 |
After spending the first three years of its corporate life on a financial roller coaster, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is in danger of derailing--unless some drastic steps are taken soon. And drastic steps are precisely what the 5.
March 23, 1991 |
After a two-year inquiry, recommendations have been completed for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to approve abortion only under certain limited conditions. These basically are danger to the mother's life, severe abnormalities of the fetus, rape or incest. However, beyond those restricted circumstances, the recommendations say "we as a church disagree" on what other conditions, if any, would make abortion morally responsible.
March 23, 1991 |
The bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, expressing concern that church doctrine may be compromised, have called for a halt in steps toward full Communion with the Episcopal Church. By a vote of 45 to 12, the Conference of Bishops, meeting in New Orleans this week, voted to recommend to the church council of the 5.