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Lutheran Schism In the Making?

Jim Burroway

August 21st, 2009

Leaders of Lutheran CORE (Coalition for Reform) responded to the church decision to accept partnered gay clergy with a press release (PDF: 25KB/2 pages) calling on “faithful Lutherans” to meet in Indianapolis in September to begin an “expanded ministry that draws faithful ECLA congregations together”:

“We are encouraging individuals and congregations to join us in Indianapolis to discuss what the future for faithful Lutherans in the ELCA might look like and how faithful congregations and individuals can work together ,” [Lutheran CORE chairman and bishop Paull] Spring said. “It is crucial that those ELCA Lutherans who uphold the authority of Scripture work together. We need each other. We urge people to come to Indianapolis.”

“We intend to gather the largest possible body of faithful Lutherans so that we might collectively plan a united common future. For that reason it is important that congregations and individuals not make hasty decisions about their future in the ELCA,” Spring added. “We want to work together to do what will be best for all of us and for the continuation of faithful Christian teaching.”

Lutheran CORE also announced that they are renouncing their recognition by the ECLA as an Independent Lutheran Organization. Spring said, “We can no longer in good conscience participate in this relationship with the offices in Chicago” He also encouraged congregations and members to direct their financial support away from the ECLA.




Richard W. Fitch
August 21st, 2009 | LINK

Maybe all the schismatic protesting churches can ban together and foment one huge boiling of ‘faithful’ bigotry.

Mark F.
August 21st, 2009 | LINK

Ah, it would be only the 6,456th Protestant schism. :-P

Richard W. Fitch
August 21st, 2009 | LINK

Mark – you may have lost count somewhere…….

August 21st, 2009 | LINK

Funny.. I thought these people were in favor of the “majority” deciding the “shape and tenor” of their society. But when the cookie doesn’t crumble their way, they pick up the ball and go home!

Calling themselves the only “faithful” ones is such a childish flailing.

August 21st, 2009 | LINK

Divide and conquer, I say.

August 22nd, 2009 | LINK

@ Mark F.:

‘Will that help?’
‘Er . . . it helps me. The Prophet Brutha said that Om helps those who help one another.’
‘And does he?’
‘To be honest, there are a number of opinions of what was meant.’
‘How many?’
‘About one hundred and sixty, since the schism of 10.30 a.m., February 23. That was when the Re-United Free Chelonialists (Hubwards Convocation) schismed from the Re-United Free Chelonialists (Rimwards Convocation). It was rather serious.’
‘Blood spilled?’ said Agnes. She wasn’t really interested, but it took her mind off whatever might be waking up in a minute.
‘No, but there were fisticuffs and a deacon had ink spilled on him.’
‘I can see that was pretty bad.’
‘There was some serious pulling of beards as well.’
‘Gosh.’ Sects maniacs said Perdita.
‘You’re making fun of me,’ said Oats solemnly.
‘Well, it does sound a little . . . trivial. You’re always arguing?’
‘The Prophet Brutha said, Let there be ten thousand voices,’ said the priest. ‘Sometimes I think he meant that it was better to argue amongst ourselves than go out putting unbelievers to fire and the sword. It’s all very complicated.’

— Terry Pratchett, “Carpe Jugulum”

paul j stein
August 22nd, 2009 | LINK

Blah, Blah, Blah, same sh*t different century!

August 22nd, 2009 | LINK

It is easy to mock this schisming, but it is only a reflection of the plurality of opinions that always exists within these churches. Political parties always have smaller groupings advocating different ideas.
But politicians can work together, if only because it gives them their best shot at power. What is peculiar to religions is that they must view their former colleagues as not simply wrong, but in some way evil.

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