The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (LCA) Elects First Openly Gay Bishop


The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (LCA) which is considered the most liberal and ecumenical branch in American Lutheranism has elected the Rev. Dr. R. Guy Erwin to  a six-year term as bishop of Southwest California Synod, which covers the  greater Los Angeles area. It is the first time the church has elected an openly  gay bishop.

“I know that many will see my election as a significant milestone for both LGBT  people and Native Americans, and I pray that I can be a positive representation  for both communities,” said Erwin about his election. “There was a time when I  believed that I would not be able to serve as a pastor in the ELCA. Our church  has now recognized the God-given gifts and abilities that LGBT people can bring  to the denomination.”

Being a Lutheran myself I delight in the fact that the Missouri Synod of the Lutheran church which holds the most strongly conservative views on theology must be shitting a brick right about now.


1 thought on “The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (LCA) Elects First Openly Gay Bishop

  1. It is about time, isn’t it? Gays have BEEN the church for centuries and have been treated as dirt from a few Biblical passages. I wonder how Freud would have dealt with Paul. As in public universities, our great, and they are great, Lutheran colleges teach that we are under the forces of NATURAL LAW as long as we are on this Earth. A few desert wanderers’ writings, if taken all literally would make you a psychiatric case! Luther said the Word is not the Word until it is spoken. The Canon technically is not closed so we should have Modern Church Fathers and Sisters. Lutheran theology needn’t be made of less value by saying that gays and others, (usually undesirables) are any less in God’s eyes. Christ would not support modern state sexual codes and I doubt he would condemn gays. Muslims do enough of that already and, if not careful, we’ll all become like Dearborn, MI and places in the UK where Brits must follow sharia law when in Muslim neighborhoods. Oh for the love and kindness of religion.
    Kurt Hilden, MA (Theology), MA (Education), PhD (Education), PhD (Theology)

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