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Historic combined parish pioneers the way

Next month, on 6 JAN 2017, the Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will have been in full communion for 16 years. One of the groups of members of both denominations to seek to take advantage of the opportunities opened with Called to Common Mission were the Episcopalians and Lutherans in Big Sky MT.

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Anglican & Lutheran leaders in US & Canada met SEP 24 & 25 in DC

The Most Revd Dr Katharine Jefferts Schori, the Most Revd Fred Hiltz, Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Canada, the Revd Elizabeth Eaton, Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Church in America and the Revd Canon Susan Johnson, National Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada gathered in Washington DC over 24 & 25 SEP.

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Evangelical Lutheran Bishop comes out as gay

Bishop Kevin Kanouse of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, who has opposed the ordination of LGBT clergy and same-sex marriage rites, told a gathering of over 400 at the ELCA National Youth Gathering that he is gay, and has hidden and repressed his sexual orientation for decades.

In a letter, Kanouse has affirmed a commitment to his marriage of 40 years, while affirming the dignity and respect of people in LGBT marriages.

From his letter:

We are both committed to our marriage, for which I am […]

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Evangelical Lutheran Church in America releases letter on SCOTUS marriage ruling

From a release posted late yesterday afternoon:

The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), offered a pastoral letter June 30 to the 3.8 million members of the denomination in response to the recent Supreme Court ruling that same-sex couples may now exercise the right to marry.

The ELCA is leaving decisions on both same-gender and heterosexual marriage to individual congregations in discernment with their pastors: “This decision affects each of us, some profoundly, and […]

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Grace from adversity

As with Episcopal priests, Lutheran pastors often serve more than one small congregation at the same time. The Revd Mary Duersken was pastor to both Lutheran Church of the Ascension in Waterford MI and Sylvan Lake Lutheran Church in West Bloomfield MI.

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