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.”
Divinity and Beyond reports Robert Plant has covered two songs by a Minnesota band with Mormon connnections. D&B reports: “Members of Low prefer not to be described as â€œMinnesotaâ€™s Mormon band.â€ Still, theyâ€™re thrilled that British rocker Robert Plant covers two of their songs on his new CD, ‘Band of Joy.’”
A New York Times feature on Minnesota Vikings defensive back Husain Abdullah. Abdullah is Muslim and observes Ramadan, which involves fasting from sun-up to sun down. Here’s a bit of the story:
“For Minnesota Vikings defensive back Husain Abdullah, the most important clock inside the Metrodome was not the one keeping time for his teamâ€™s recent preseason game with the Seattle Seahawks. Another, showing the time of day, held greater significance for him and for the Vikingsâ€™ training staff.
Abdullah, a third-year safety, is a Muslim who keeps the traditional fast during the holy month of Ramadan; he cannot eat or drink from sunup to sundown.”
The Associated Press reports that “at least two Minnesota churches are hoping to pack the pews by offering the chance for free tickets to Minnesota Vikings or Minnesota Twins games.”
I’m curious as to what you think about that idea. If you’re a churchgoer yourself, do you take the “whatever gets them in the door” attitude or do you think it demeans the message? If you’re not a churchgoer, would this offer be affective with you? Does it feel manipulative? What do you think?
Hawley (Minn.) Lutheran Church, a congregation of more than 1,100 baptized members, could take the first step Sept. 19 toward breaking with its denomination.
The congregation has scheduled a â€œspecial meetingâ€ that day to vote on whether to leave the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Congregation President Clayton Lilleby confirmed the meeting via e-mail Tuesday.
To leave the ELCA, a congregation must pass two votes separated by at least 90 days.
Members of Grace Lutheran Church in Erskine, Minn.,Â have voted to leave the Northwestern Minnesota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America following the ELCAâ€™s controversial decisions on sexuality just over a year ago.