Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Conservative Lutherans urged to give with discretion

More on the Lutherans-

The director of a coalition of conservative-leaning congregations in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is encouraging concerned members to direct financial support away from the denomination.

The suggestion comes from Reverend Mark Chavez, director of Lutheran CORE, a conservative group that is upset after representatives to the ELCA's biennial meeting voted to allow clergy in committed same-sex relationships to serve. Representatives at that meeting also approved a social statement that said the church can both approve and condemn homosexual relationships with equal faithfulness.

Chavez says it is time for conservative ELCA members to direct financial support away from the national church body.

"Lutheran CORE, for the first time in our history, has now invited individuals and congregations to direct financial support away from the national churchwide offices, except where they're doing what a church ought to be doing and it conforms to God's Word," he suggests. "For example, the ELCA disaster response is wonderful, and we should continue to support missionaries; but there shouldn't be a just general support for the churchwide organization because it's clear that they're up to no good."

Lutheran CORE hosts a conference next month in Indianapolis. In addition to adopting a constitution for Lutheran CORE, those attending the conference will be responding to the actions of the churchwide assembly in Minneapolis earlier this month.

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