“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.”
First Assembly of God in Fargo will host a Family Summer Celebration from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday in the parking lot of the church. This free event features food, carnival games, inflatables, radar pitch, climbing wall and more.
The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod adopted "four proposals on synod structure and governance … including a sweeping proposal that reduced the Synod’s seven program boards to two elected policy boards," according to the denomination’s newspaper.
"With no debate, delegates to the Missouri Synod convention … adopted two resolutions in response to actions taken by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) at its August 2009 Churchwide Assembly," According to Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod’s "Reporter" website.
The action came at the LCMS assembly currently underway in Houston, Texas.
Part of that action was to commend a statement by the International Lutheran council that includes the following: "Rooted in the Bible’s witness and in keeping with Christian teaching through 2,000 years, we continue to believe that the practice of homosexuality—in any and all situations—violates the will of the Creator God and must be recognized as sin. At the same time."
It further states that "we declare our resolve to approach those with homosexual inclinations with the deepest possible Christian love and pastoral concern, in whatever situation they may be living.”
Lutherans at the ELCA’s Northwestern Minnesota Synod assembly Saturday cut synod budget expenses by $274,000 and defeated a measure favoring a more direct role for congregations in denominational policymaking. Read more about this year’s annual assembly on The Forum website: www.inforum.com/event/article/id/278851/
I’m here at the second day of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s Northwestern Minnesota Synod Assembly at Concordia College. They’ll be talking about a proposed, revised budget and a resolution that supports requiring congregational ratification of certain Churchwide Assembly actions.
This post is sort of an expansion on the previous one, but, for what it’s worth…
More than 500 people have gathered at Concordia College’s Memorial Auditorium in Moorhead as it hosts the annual assembly of the Northwestern Minnesota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America today and Saturday.
With the denomination’s controversial 2009 decisions on sexuality still causing strife in the church and this year’s financial situation leaving the synod nearly $250,000 under budget, the mood at this year’s assembly seems to be one of both optimism and concern.
While he does sense that there is concern about the financial situation in the synod, Rev. Gary Halverson, a pastor from the Karlstad area, says "I don’t feel like we’re anxious or worried about the synod."
And John Dalen, Pastor of King Lutheran Church in Fosston, acknowledged the financial issues and believes there are residual effects from the Churchwide Assembly votes last year.
But Dalen says he hopes those issues don’t “overwhelm everything else and we fail to do mission and ministry.”
Tomorrow the Assembly will consider a smaller revised budget for 2010.
Read more about the Assembly here and in Saturday and Sunday issues of The Forum.
The Northwestern Minnesota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is currently holding its annual assembly today and Saturday at Concordia College in Moorhead. There are 530 total individuals registered for the assembly, which includes 465 registered voting members.
The ELCA is the nation’s largest Lutheran denomination.
My first impressions of the mood here at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s Northwestern Minnesota Synod Assembly is that there is an air of both concern and hope.
While he does sense that there is there is concern about the financial situation in the synod, says Rev. Gary Halverson, a pastor from the Karlstad area. "I don’t feel like we’re anxious or worred about the synod."
It hasn’t been an easy year for the NWM Synod, as it has dealt with fallout from the controversial decisions on sexuality by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s Churchwide Assembly. There have been significant financial issues as well.