On Sunday, Lutherans at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church ordained (reinstated?) seven sexually active (I hate writing “non-celibate) queer pastors known as the “Bay Area Seven” — the first crop since the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America approved the move last summer. Some people are not happy!
While the queer seven have already been openly serving their local ministries, the ceremony inducts them into the national order. And it’s just the sort of trigger other parishes need to quit ELCA, relays the NYT.
Some who opposed it are now poised to leave. The Rev. Mark Chavez, director of Lutheran CORE, a coalition of theologically conservative Lutheran churches, said his group expected to form a new denomination, the North American Lutheran Church, in August. He said of the ceremony on Sunday, “It’s just another steady step taken by the E.L.C.A. to move the denomination further and further away from most Lutheran churches around the world and from the whole Christian church, unfortunately.”
I think he’s just got sour grapes over not being able to wear one of those fabulous robes.