Mary Albing, Evangelical Lutheran Church’s First Lady-Loving Pastor

This is the Rev. Mary Albing. She’s a Lutheran pastor in Minneapolis, but in the eyes of the governing Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, she never held the post, because she’s a lesbian. That ended yesterday, when Bishop Craig Johnson of the Minneapolis Synod signed “the original Letter of Call that Albing got from the church in 2003. She is believed to be the first lesbian to become a rostered ELCA pastor since the denomination voted last year to accept gays and lesbians in committed relationships.” Here’s to the day when we no longer have to write these posts, because no major religious groups will consider sexual orientation a job qualifier, and all the “first gays” have come and gone.

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    Pope Benadick aka the boy nazi just got a little woozy……..

  • NeccoGelfling

    It’s great news, but I have to nitpick a bit at the title: she’s not the “first lady-loving pastor” unless there have been no straight male pastors. I think you mean “first lady-loving FEMALE pastor.”

  • Hyhybt

    @NeccoGelfling: “First lady-loving pastress,” then?

    I don’t think Lutherans call them ‘pastors’ anyway.

  • Baxter

    @Hyhybt: They do call them pastors.

  • Ross

    I am very excited for the return of Mary Albing to the ELCA roster, but this story has quite a few inaccuracies. First, Pastor Albing has ALWAYS been on the ELCA roster. She was never removed when she came out. She was considered “on leave from call” for the last several years, while she was the pastor of this particular congregation.

    Secondly, there are several lesbian pastors serving in the ELCA, at various degrees of “outness”. Some have suffered more than others. There are actually a variety of situations which have caused people to 1) be in the closet, 2) leave to another denomination in which to serve, 3)abandon the call to serve as a pastor all together, or 4) suffer the consequences of being removed. These are only 4 of many scenarios that are being faced by LGBT pastors across the ELCA.

    Thanks for sharing the good news, but the story is always more complicated than that.

  • Hyhybt

    @Baxter: OK.

  • jeffree

    Congrats Mary Albing !
    I wish you well in your ministery.
    I say that as an agnostic but with all good will. As you have experienced, the LGBT population has too often experienced homophobia from religious persons. If you can do ++Anything++ to make your denomination to feel welcoming 2 the LGBT believers then you will help undo some of the wrongs committed by judgemental or wrong-headed Pastors & preachers who seek to vilify us. When people of faith realize they can be accepted by their churches, it will help them to accept themselves.
    Buon corraggio! Much courage to you !

    @Ross: Thanks for those clarifications. Much appreciatted.

  • Bro.Edgardo E.Grande Sr.

    Dear Beloved in Christ,

    Greetings! to you and the saints of God over there, from Mindanao island, Philippines in the mighty name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ !
    I’m Bro.Edgardo E. Grande Sr. , 54 years old, married with four children. I was converted to the Lord in 1989 and became a Minister, Discipler and Church Planter in central Mindanao region, southern part of our country.
    Now at present, I’m pastoring a small church with 21 families members located in the village of Tuganay, Carmen, Davao del Norte province. I ventured to send you this letter perhaps your church could help us build our faith in God to a real and genuine Biblical truth, by sharing to us your Church Doctrine and Practice and your update messages and publications.
    Please pray for us, especially the needs of this Gospel works because preaching the Word of God here is not an easy task. We hike far distance under the heat of the sun and cross rivers to do short cut in order to preach the Good News unto the people who do not know the Real Great Truths about Jesus Christ saving faith. We suffered persecutions, trials and even empty stomachs, but we are not discouraged because we have deep compassion for the lost and dying souls.
    We are more than happy if you will do something for us, for the sake of Christ and for the Gospel to be widely spread here in the Philippines at large. In this connection, we need your prayers for our Discipleship Training, a 9 months class program with 33 enrolled students. Our students don’t have Bibles for thier deeper study and personal use.
    Our earnest prayers to God that He will not reject nor neglect our sincerest and humblest request to your Church, cause we are Truth Seekers!
    Your loving and caring reply will give us more strength in this mission field. GOD BLESS you more.

    Yours for the Kingdom,

    Bro. Edgardo E. Grande Sr.
    Prk Cabilto, Visayan Village
    8100 Tagum City, Davao del Norte
    Mindanao, Philippines

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