The European American Lutheran Association (EALA) will hold its first biennial meeting Oct. 28-30 at the Wyndham Milwaukee Hotel and Conference Center, Milwaukee. The EALA is the newest and one of six ethnic associations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).
“The purpose of the EALA is to dismantle racism, white privilege and white power by recognizing and confessing our individual and corporate sin and addressing institutional racism in the church,” said Kathy B. Long, EALA president, Redmond, Wash. “We want to walk with our brothers and sisters of color together.”
A mid-year budget reduction of $4.2 million in current fund spending by the Church Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has helped the churchwide organization maintain a balance of income and spending for 2010 through Aug. 31, said Christina Jackson-Skelton, ELCA treasurer.Â However, in a report to ELCA leaders, she expressed concern about continuing declines in mission support income to the churchwide organization, down $5 million so far this year.
“What we have here is a classic case of schism â€” a formal division or separation in the Christian church …
“So now the NALC becomes, in the eyes of this magazine, one more Lutheran denomination. Just as the staff follows major events in the life of the LCMS, the same will be true with the NALC. The Lutheran won’t give it any special coverage just because of its heritage. This group, like Elvis, has left the building.”
Faith blog Divinity and Beyond talked to Rev. Jen Nagel of Minneapolis who isÂ one of four lesbian pastors in MinnesotaÂ welcomed this month to the clergy roster of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Huntington Beach, Calif., pastor and blogger David Huntington writes:
“The above chart spells unmitigated disaster. And itâ€™s a few years old. Itâ€™s gotten much worse since it was first printed.
“And better theology is not going to rescue us. We Lutherans have always had the odd idea that if we could â€œnailâ€ the philosophical content of the Gospel, then everything would line up and we would thrive. Truth is, we have right-leaning Lutherans (LCMS) and left-leaning Lutherans (ELCA) and ALL of us are headed down the same demographic waterslide hand-in-hand.”
The reasons? Householder lists several “crises” in Lutheranism including the following:
Lutherans have no clue how to do evangelism which leads to large-scale adult conversion and baptism;
Lutherans donâ€™t retain enough of their children;
Many of our congregations are led by informal juntas of empty nesters and retired people;
Lutherans are also clueless about the communications revolution;
Most Lutheran sermons are virtually impossible to understand
Bishop Larry Wohlrabe - from www.prettygoodlutherans.com
Forum reporter Mila Koumpilova reported today that Hawley Lutheran Church in Hawley, Minn., had passed the first of two votes required to leave the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Read the story here: http://www.inforum.com/event/article/id/291776/
Northwestern Minnesota Synod Bishop Larry Wohlrabe made a comment for the story that couldn’t be included in the storyÂ because of deadline constraints. Here is his comment: “Hawley Lutheran Church is a strong, active congregation. We would hate to lose them from our fellowship in the ELCA. I look forward to the consultation I’ll be having with them, which is a required part of the disaffiliation process. This will be an opportunity for me to hear their concerns and urge them to remain in the ELCA.”