$2,925: Chicago-Atlanta round trip airfare for disciplinary hearing participants (estimate 15 people).

$15,200: Five night stay at the Sheraton Midtown, Atlanta for people participating in the disciplinary process (estimate for 20 people). Meals extra.

$100,000: Cost of disciplinary proceeding to remove one partnered gay pastor from the ELCA clergy roster. Can the ELCA spend this much on the hearing and lose it's case?

Priceless: Having a pastor who is faithful to the Gospel no matter what the church's policy is.

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    No Vacancy: Just in case you were wondering, the Sheraton Midtown, Atlanta is completely booked for Pr. Bradley Schmeling's Disciplinary Hearing.

    Another Letter of Disclosure: Central Great Lakes Synod Bishop Thorvald ("Wally") Noe-Effingway has issued a pastoral letter of disclosure indicating that he has filed changes against a pastor of the Synod who has sex reassignment surgery. Read the Bishop's letter at cglsynod.org.

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