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.