12/19/2014 12:00:00 AM
"Being 'the first' is a unique and sometimes complicated role. Layers of meaning are placed on even inconsequential actions. One becomes the example of an entire segment of humankind. Wear this lightly," the ELCA bishops wrote.
"In baptism God's Spirit gave you the gifts that you need to serve in this call. You said yes to God's invitation to serve God's people when you were ordained a deacon and a priest. Now as you prepare to say yes to God's invitation to be a bishop in God's church be assured of our support," Eaton and Crist wrote.
|ELCA Bishop Elizabeth Eaton looks|
surprisingly like ELCA Pastor Megan Rohrer below.
|Megan Rohrer was ordained as a|
trans-sexual ELCA pastor in California.
|Robin Steinke is the new president of Luther Seminary|
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About the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America:
The ELCA is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with more than 3.8 million members in nearly 10,000 congregations across the 50 states and in the Caribbean region. Known as the church of "God's work. Our hands," the ELCA emphasizes the saving grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, unity among Christians and service in the world. The ELCA's roots are in the writings of the German church reformer, Martin Luther.
|ELCA Bishop Jessica Crist|
is chairman of the Conference of Bishops.
Kenneth Sauer held that position years ago
and started the NALC in protest over the ELCA
policies he helped to shape.
Pastor Nathan Bickel -
When I came to this article, I quickly scrolled down with the thought in mind that these females could be self molested "transgenders," dissatisfied with Creator God's gender design. Then when I went back and started reading the script, I discovered that my initial thoughts were spot on - at least with one of them. No wonder much of Lutheran Christianity has gone downhill in our present culture!