St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in San Francisco Welcomes 7 New Openly Gay And Lesbian Pastors

For the first time since  the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America approved the move last summer.St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in San Francisco \welcomed 7 openly gay and lesbian pastors into it’s congregation on Sunday who had already been ordained and have been serving at churches or outreach ministries in the San Francisco Bay Area, but they had not been officially recognized on the clergy roster.

The effect of them being brought onto our roster is they will now be part of our national database of pastors who are available for service in any of our 10,500 churches,” said Bishop Mark W. Holmerud, who leads the Sierra Pacific Synod, which includes San Francisco.

Amalia Vagts, executive director of Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries, said, “It’s been a long and hard journey for a lot of people, and it feels like this is a new beginning in the history of the E.L.C.A.” She also added that all together, there were 46 openly gay ministers who had previously been excluded from the church’s clergy roster and would now be accepted.

But a small bigoted minority within the ELCA  are of course none too pleased.

The Rev. Mark Chavez, director of Lutheran CORE, a coalition of theologically conservative Lutheran churches, said his group expected to form a new denomination, the North American Lutheran Church, in August.  He said of the ceremony on Sunday, “It’s just another steady step taken by the E.L.C.A. to move the denomination further and further away from most Lutheran churches around the world and from the whole Christian church, unfortunately.”

Obviously The WRONG REVEREND Chavez needs to do some research of Lutheranism worldwide because what he spouts in utter bullshit.  Which is utter bullshit because in many European Lutheran churches, LGBT people can work as Lutheran pastors. In the year 2000, the Evangelical Church in Germany passed the resolution Verantwortung und Verlässlichkeit stärken, in which same-gender partnerships are supported. The Church of Sweden has permitted the blessing of same-sex unions and the ordination of partnered gays and lesbians since 2006. Starting in November 2009, the church officiates same-sex marriage, since the Riksdag allowed same-sex marriage starting 1 May said year—however, individual priests can choose not to perform marriages for couples of the same gender. The Church of Denmark also provides for such blessings, as does the Church of Norway, which also ordains gays and lesbians. The largest Lutheran church in Europe that doesn’t—despite ongoing controversy—permit blessing of same-sex unions is the Church of Finland.

Pastor Chavez save yourself alot of work and just become a Catholic you bigoted asshole.

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