Tuesday, 23 February 2010
We interrupt our scheduled programming on Law and Gospel for breaking news: As I type, it is likely that discussions regarding the formation of a new Lutheran church body in the USA are taking place. The proposed new body, to be called The North American Lutheran Church (all the good names are taken, it seems!) will rise from the ashes of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's 2009 synod's decision to allow homosexual clergy and move to bless same-sex unions in the future. Already, 229 congregations are reported to have taken votes on leaving the ELCA, and in 156 of those congregations the vote has attained the necessary two-thirds majority (a second vote is required within a 90 day period for the decision to be constitutional, apparently).
Small beginnings, perhaps, given the size of the ELCA, but as the recent history of orthodox Anglican breakaway groups in the US has shown, these movements, once started in the US, tend to gain a momentum of their own once disaffected members of the parent body see a viable alternative.
We at the 'old manse' look forward to future developments, and await further elucidation of the proposed new body's doctrinal basis. A rejection of the hermeneutical approaches which have led to the ELCA's present problems and a re-statement of Biblical authority would be a good start.
Click on the post title to read Lutheran CORE's press release. The move to form a new denomination has been reported in several national newspapers in the US, as was the 2009 synod decision. The pic is one of the Lutheran CORE group of ELCA dissneters 2009 Convocation.