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Messages - Newt Kerney

I hope that  the charges and punishment include State charges to make sure that the happy pardon pen of the current occupant of the People's House does not bail him out with a pardon as he has done to racist sheriffs, and others who have betrayed their oaths to serve.  ( a certain Navy Seal comes to mind)
Your Turn / Re: State mandates on church practices
April 14, 2020, 07:28:45 PM
Frankly, some of these egoist clergy, whose "Mark 16" theology (let's show the virus, snake, poison, that we are stronger, more powerful, protected etc) have reaped what they have sown.   As the old song says, you don't tug on Superman's cape...
The biggest obstacle to a healthy parish is people.
With the 77% response on the parochial reports, it is possible that we are close to the 3M mark on baptized membership.  You and I both remember clergy in our old Synod who were famous for inflating their baptized membership while their attendance was in the mid single digits.  I recall a now retired pastor who didn't update his records for well over a decade. Who knows what the real truth was about anything in that congregation.
Your Turn / Re: The Pussy Pastor (sigh!)
February 21, 2018, 09:19:39 PM
You are welcome.
Your Turn / Re: The Pussy Pastor (sigh!)
February 21, 2018, 06:42:15 PM
I am in the congregation in which she was assigned as an Intern.  She requested to resign her Internship on Feb 6. That request was granted on that day.   She has said publicly that she will not seek ordination in the ELCA. 
Your Turn / Re: ELCA Pastors Produce Retirement Tsunami
November 06, 2016, 01:12:29 PM
Last week I spoke with one of the staff members of the ELCA Oregon Synod. Of the active, serving clergy, over 50% are over the age of 60.  In a Synod with some rural congregations, the stressors on congregations, and the judicatories will only increase as they continue to confront the lack of resources available. At the same time, there will be exciting, positive opportunities to create or embrace new ways of living out the gospel.  What will these congregations do, and for some of you who are in that situation, how are you helping your people to get ready for the wave that is coming to a congregation near them?
I spent close to three months in Vilnius as an interim at the International Church in Vilnius three years ago, which is housed in the Lutheran Church that goes back to the 1500's ( if I recall correctly). For some years the ELCA would be the connection partner for sending clergy.  The sanctuary was turned into a gym and a workshop by the Soviets, but has been restored and has a very nice pipe organ.  Last time I checked they had a pastor who was going to stay for two years.  The church has a ministry to the many international students, and to the various embassy personnel who work in Vilnius.

The English speaking church meets about 9:00 and the Lithuanian church still meets about 10:30.
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