|Guy Erwin holds an endowed chair in Confessional Lutheran theology|
at California Lutheran University.
Harvard BA. Yale PhD in church history.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's downward spiral of apostasy took a huge leap when the Southwest California Synod ELCA elected the first ever homosexual bishop of the denomination. “The Rev. Dr. Guy Erwin has been elected as bishop of the Southwest California Synod ELCA” announced a facebook post by the synod. (See synod facebook page here)
Rev. Dr. Guy Erwin's faculty profile at California Lutheran University where he teaches says this, "Dr. Erwin is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; he and his partner Rob Flynn are members of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in North Hollywood, CA...” (see here)
Rev. Dr. Guy Erwin was ordained as a pastor in the ELCA two years ago. A press release by Lutherans Concerned/North America at the time stated “R. Guy Erwin, a teaching theologian at California Lutheran University (CLU), was ordained in the Samuelson Chapel of that institution at 10:00 a.m. on May 11, 2011. He is both gay and in a committed same-gender relationship. His ordination, the fulfillment of a lifetime desire, is made possible by the change in policy in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) that followed the decision of the 2009 ELCA Churchwide Assembly to allow ministers in committed, same-gender relationships to serve in the church.” (see here)
This is a game changer friends. The approval of homosexuality has always been open defiance of God by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America but now this action announces it to the world and defines what the denomination is about and what they believe.
June 1, 2013
Erwin was elected on the sixth ballot receiving 210 votes of 381 cast. The Rev. Scott Maxwell-Doherty, campus pastor at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, Calif., received 190 votes.
The bishop-elect is interim pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Canoga Park, Calif., and the Gerhard and Olga Belgum Professor of Lutheran confessional theology at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, Calif. The university is one of the ELCA’s 26 colleges and universities. He serves as the ELCA representative to the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches since 2004.
Erwin said he brings a “deep faith in Christ’s presence in his church lived out in 20 years of parish experience blended with university and seminary-level teaching. In the years I’ve waited for the day I could be ordained, I lived out both vocations at the same time. They have been mutually enriching, and I am a stronger scholar (and a better pastor) for having done both,” according to his biographical information.
Ordained in May 2011, Erwin is the ELCA’s first synod bishop who is gay and in a partnered relationship. He is part Osage Indian and is active in the Osage Indian Nation.
From 2010 to 2012, Erwin served as interim pastor for two ELCA congregations in California. Prior to that, he served as minister for worship and education at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in North Hollywood, Calif., principal instructor for the Lutheran Studies Program and lecturer in church history and historical theology at Yale Divinity School, New Haven, Conn., from 1993 to 1999. He served as parish associate at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in New Haven from 1986 to 2000. Erwin also served on a variety of boards and committees for ELCA-related institutions and agencies.
Erwin earned a doctorate degree, two master degrees and Bachelor of Arts degree at Yale University. He engaged in seminary studies at the University of Tübingen in Germany and at University of Leipzig in Germany.
The ELCA Southwest California Synod is made up more than 120 congregations in five counties. Information about the synod is available at http://socalsynod.org.
ALPB Online Forum, quoting the Lutheran Forum
I, on the other hand, wonder how many bishops don't have an M.Div.
From Forum Letter August 2011:
The July issue of The Lutheran has a big and colorful spread about the ordinations of two gay men to the ELCA ministry—two men, Dan Lehman editorializes, “qualified in every way to be ordained in the ELCA,” and whose “tale needs to be told because it is now a fact of life within the ELCA.” One of the two is R. Guy Erwin, who is a professor at California Lutheran University. In the little biographical sketch of Dr. Erwin, it tells about his education at Harvard (undergraduate) and Yale (two masters degrees and a doctorate), but notes that the ELCA’s expulsion in 1990 of San Francisco congregations which conducted unauthorized ordinations of gay and lesbian persons “dissuaded Erwin from going to seminary.” Taken at face value, that seems to say that the good professor doesn’t have an M.Div. (apparently his two masters degrees from Yale are an M.A. and a M.Phil., both academic degrees). In order for him to be ordained, the Conference of Bishops had to approve an “exception” to the requirement that a newly ordained person serve three years in a parish. That’s done occasionally in special cases; a former intern of mine had been a prison guard for many years and was given an exception allowing him to go directly into prison chaplaincy. I didn’t know, however, that a college professor could be given a waiver of virtually every normal requirement for ordination (M.Div., C.P.E., internship). And one has to wonder just why it would be important to do so in this case, and by what authority. By all accounts, Erwin is a distinguished and capable teacher, and a “teaching theologian” in the ELCA—but then Lutheranism has a pretty healthy tradition of lay theologians (think “Melanchthon”). Such an action by the Conference of Bishops denigrates both the ministry of the laity and our requirements for ministry all in one fell swoop. But then that’s now a fact of life in
And I wonder how many bishops have been elected only two years after ordination.
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