And on Friday, the ELCA General Assembly will in essence vote if they are to lose their jobs. Actually, according to Lutherans Concerned, a couple of hundred ministers and seminarians have been removed because they are in same sex relationships in the past two years.
Many of them tell their stories in a new publication called "A Place Within My Walls" that you can download at http://www.goodsoil.org/ My heart hurt as I read the stories of these courageous ministers who have decided that they can be silent no more.
Several years ago, the ELCA voted to ordain lesbian and gay ministers IF they agreed to be celibate. It's hard for me to understand the rationale behind this type of decision: if sexuality is part of God's gift to us, if sexual diversity is part of God's blessing, if God calls us to be in communion in others, surely God rejoices when we find loving partners to journey with in life. How can this church teach "where there is love, the sacred is in our midst" yet deny it to their gay and lesbian ministers?
The Bible also calls us to truth telling: know the truth and the truth will make us free.
Please pray for them today.