Mark Hanson, bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, will field questions at a webcast town hall meeting at 4 p.m. Central time Nov. 21. If the format of previous virtual town halls is followed, Hanson will take questions both from a live audience and online.
Participants can follow conversations on Facebook or tweet about the event using the hash tags #ELCA or #BishopHanson. Submit questions and watch the forum at http://www.ELCA.org/townhall on the ELCA website. Images and transcripts in English and Spanish are available on the website, as well as the opportunity to watch previous webcasts and monitor dates for future forums.
A tool kit is available at http://www.ELCA.org/townhall to help congregations host a viewing party with electronic and technical assistance, social media opportunities and more.
Mark Hanson, bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, held a town hall question-and-answer forum today (Sunday). On-demand video and transcriptsÂ from the event will be posted onÂ the ELCA website Wednesday, Sept. 22.
The Rev. Mark S. Hanson, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), will answer questions on a variety of topics from members of the denomination at 4 p.m. (Central Time)Â Sept. 19.Â Hanson will take questions during an hour-long “Town Hall Forum.”
The town hall comes aÂ little more than a year after the 2009 Churchwide Assembly when the denomination opened it’s pulpits to individuals in same-gender relationship. Critics have seen that as another step in a continuing slide away from the scriptures.
Don’t expect that issue to eclipse all else in the discussion. It’s likely that other issues will be brought to bear. Though not completely unrelated to the gay clergy issue, there may be questions related to financial issues in the denomination.
It is the second such meeting of the year and the third since December 2009.
The Rev. Mark S. Hanson, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), will answer questions on a variety of topics from members of the denomination beginning atÂ 4 p.m. Sept. 19.Â Â The forum will be the second with theÂ Hanson this year, and the third since December 2009.
Â The forum will be webcast live from Chicago, where Hanson will be joined by an audience of ELCA members. The audience will be able to ask questions of the presiding bishop.Â Â
Online viewers will be invited to submit questions at http://www.ELCA.org/townhall on the ELCA website. Participants can also post comments about the forum using Facebook Connect and Twitter.
Questions will not be accepted in advance by phone or e-mail.Â
A press release from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America reports:
The Rev. Mark S. Hanson, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), addressed a number of topics in an Aug. 24 pastoral letter to the church, including differing views on human sexuality, reconciliation, not bearing false witness against one another and ongoing dialogue about faith and life.
“It is my prayer that we use this time for discerning and engaging; for repenting and reconciling; for restraint but not timidity; and for rejoicing,” Hanson wrote in his letter.
“Throughout the ELCA I hear people asking, ‘Is my voice heard? Will my voice be respected as we seek together to discern God’s purpose for us?’ The answer is yes,” Hanson wrote. “Nevertheless, people of deep faith and a desire to be part of this church wonder: Do we mean it when we say we can preach, teach and hold divergent views on sexuality and be full participants in the ELCA’s life and witness? Again, the answer is yes.”
Hanson wrote that his “yes” is predicated upon members’ commitment “to be engaged together in discernment,” which “must be grounded in the witness of the Scriptures and the confessions, and it needs the voices of all the baptized.”
From an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America press release:
"If Congress does not pass comprehensive immigration reform soon, state legislators and local governments will continue to take immigration policy into their own hands, wrote the Rev. Mark S. Hanson, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), in a July 27 letter to U.S. President Barack Obama.
"’This would create an untenable patchwork of differing local laws and produce confusion for law enforcement officials and lawfully present people, as well as increased suffering for the undocumented,’ wrote Hanson."
The Rev. Mark S. Hanson, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), extended congratulations and best wishes to the newly appointed president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Bishop Kurt Koch of Switzerland, according to an ELCA press release.
According to a press release from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: "The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is ‘heartbreaking and infuriating,’ wrote the Rev. Mark S. Hanson, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Although the spill causes deep sorrow, all who care for the earth and work for its restoration can be confident that they are not pursuing a lost cause, he wrote in a June 28 pastoral letter to the 4.6 million-member ELCA."