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Your Turn / Repeal Bound Conscience
March 04, 2018, 10:27:05 PM
It has been suggested that there may be an effort to get rid of the Bound Conscience outlined in Human Sexuality: Gift and Trust at the next Churchwide Assembly. Had anyone else run across this and if so, what think ye?
Your Turn / On Christmas Eve
December 24, 2013, 09:01:59 AM
I have been blessed by the sermons of St. John Chrysostom. 

Homily on the Nativity of the Lord
By St John Chrysostom

I behold a new and wondrous mystery!
My ears resound to the Shepherd's song, piping no soft melody, but chanting full forth a heavenly hymn.

The Angels sing!
The Archangels blend their voices in harmony!
The Cherubim hymn their joyful praise!
The Seraphim exalt His glory!

All join to praise this holy feast, beholding the Godhead here on earth, and man in heaven.
He who is above, now for our redemption dwells here below; and he that was lowly is by divine mercy raised.

Bethlehem this day resembles heaven; hearing from the stars the singing of angelic voices;
and in place of the sun, enfolds within itself on every side the Sun of Justice.
And ask not how: for where God wills, the order of nature yields.
For He willed, he had the power, He descended, He redeemed; all things move in obedience to God.

This day He Who Is, is Born; and He Who Is becomes what He was not.
For when He was God, He became man; yet not departing from the Godhead that is His.
Nor yet by any loss of divinity became He man, nor through increase became he God from man;
but being the Word He became flesh, His nature, because of impassibility, remaining unchanged.
And so the kings have come, and they have seen the heavenly King that has come upon the earth,
not bringing with Him Angels, nor Archangels, nor Thrones, nor Dominations, nor Powers, nor Principalities,
but, treading a new and solitary path, He has come forth from a spotless womb.

Yet He has not forsaken His angels, nor left them deprived of His care, nor because of His Incarnation has he departed from the Godhead.

And behold, Kings have come, that they might adore the heavenly King of glory;
Soldiers, that they might serve the Leader of the Hosts of Heaven;
Women, that they might adore Him Who was born of a woman so that He might change the pains of child-birth into joy;
Virgins, to the Son of the Virgin, beholding with joy, that He Who is the Giver of milk,
Who has decreed that the fountains of the breast pour forth in ready streams, receives from a Virgin Mother the food of infancy;
Infants, that they may adore Him Who became a little child, so that out of the mouth of infants and sucklings, He might perfect praise;
Children, to the Child Who raised up martyrs through the rage of Herod;
Men, to Him Who became man, that He might heal the miseries of His servants;
Shepherds, to the Good Shepherd Who has laid down His life for His sheep;
Priests, to Him Who has become a High Priest according to the order of Melchisedech;
Servants, to Him Who took upon Himself the form of a servant that He might bless our servitude with the reward of freedom;
Fishermen, to Him Who from amongst fishermen chose catchers of men;
Publicans, to Him Who from amongst them named a chosen Evangelist;
Sinful women, to Him Who exposed His feet to the tears of the repentant;
And that I may embrace them all together, all sinners have come,
that they may look upon the Lamb of God Who taketh away the sins of the world.

Since therefore all rejoice, I too desire to rejoice.
I too wish to share the choral dance, to celebrate the festival.
But I take my part, not plucking the harp, not shaking the Thyrsian staff, not with the music of pipes, nor holding a torch,
but holding in my arms the cradle of Christ.
For this is all my hope, this my life, this my salvation, this my pipe, my harp.
And bearing it I come, and having from its power received the gift of speech, I too, with the angels, sing:
Glory to God in the Highest; and with the shepherds: and on earth peace to men of good will.

From the journal Road to Emmaus, Fall 2005 (#23).

Your Turn / When Did We Vote?
May 20, 2013, 10:36:24 AM
I am reading through the June 2013 issue of 'Gather', the Women of the ELCA's magazine.  This month's edition has an article "All In The Family" about the author's sister coming out as a lesbian.  It goes on to discuss the various folk who come out to their families about their 'sexual identity'.  This sort of article is becoming fairly common in ELCA publications, so the surprise has pretty much worn off when they show up.  It is the culture of the ELCA post-2009. 

This article as well as others in other publications of the ELCA along with sermons, presentations, speeches give by those in positions of authority in the ELCA now pretty much all refer to GLBT as folk we support. 

Our sexuality statement spoke of full inclusion for gays and lesbians.  When did we discuss and vote on the other letters?  Or will the ELCA just add letters as directed by Reconciling Works (formerly Lutherans Concerned/North America) rather than go through all the messy work of actually having the membership discuss and vote on where the boundaries of sexual identity might be for Christians?
Your Turn / A Blessed Pascha!
March 31, 2013, 06:58:21 AM
Christ Is Risen!  He Is Risen, Indeed!

Христос Воскресе! Воистину Воскресе!
Χριστός Ανέστη! Αληθώς Ανέστη!
Christus ist auferstanden! Er ist wahrhaftig auferstanden!
Kristus är uppstånden! Ja, Han är verkligen uppstånden!
Kristus er oppstanden! Han er sannelig oppstanden!
Tá Críost éirithe! Go deimhin, tá sé éirithe!
Tha Crìosd air èiridh! Gu dearbh, tha e air èiridh!
基督復活了 他確實復活了
Le Christ est ressuscité! Vraiment Il est ressuscité!
Cristo ha resucitado! Verdaderamente, ha resucitado!
Your Turn / Bishop Hanson's Keynote
July 11, 2012, 10:33:45 AM
Bishop Mark Hanson was slated to give the keynote address at the Lutherans Concern/North America (now ReconcilingWorks) this past Saturday, July 7, 2012.  I cannot find any reference to his keynote on the ELCA website, the LC/NA website or on a general web search.  Was this keynote given?  If so, where might one find a transcript?
The Upper Iowa River Conference of the NE Iowa Synod passed the following resolution at their 2010 Assembly:

Resolution from the Upper Iowa River Conference Conference Spring Assembly, February 14, 2010

Whereas the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is a constitutionally governed organization served by constitutionally elected leaders at both the synod and church wide levels, and

Whereas the stated purposes of the organization known as Lutheran CORE are to 1) bring forth a proposal for a new Lutheran church body governed by a new constitution for those who choose to leave the ELCA, and 2) to plan for the continuation of Lutheran CORE as a free-standing synod for all Lutherans, and

Whereas it is an inherent conflict of interest for individuals who are members of CORE to fully and wholeheartedly support the ELCA constitution,

Be it Resolved that: 1) all rostered and lay leaders who are members of CORE and are currently serving in elected positions in the NEIA Synod be required to resign from those positions, and that 2) all rostered and lay individuals currently holding membership in CORE be disqualified from election to positions of leadership within the NEIA Synod.

Submitted by the Upper Iowa River Conference of the NEIA Synod — ELCA Voted on at conference assembly, February 14, 2010

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