Red Stoles, Dancing Shoes: We know you've already saved the afternoon of Saturday June 16th to attend the ordination of Dawn Roginski at St. Francis (SF). The ordination date is now official and details are available on the St. Francis web site. Of course, an ordination is also a great opportunity for a party, so look for LLGM to host a Gala Celebration that evening. Our sources say the likely venue is the Cathedral Hill Hotel in San Francisco. Pr. Roginksi, who is rostered with the Extraordinary Candidacy Project (ECP) will be installed as Pastor of Parish Programs at St. Francis on Sunday June 17.
Klatsch-und-Tratsch: This year marks the 20th anniversary of Women of the ELCA, and one of the celebratory events is the Bold Women of the Refomation Tour. A party of 82 people is touring reformation sites in Germany, and in Eisleben, they discovered that Lutheran Gossip is a long and honored tradition. We really have been sinning boldly since 1521!
Here's a segment from the Bold Women's 20th Anniversary Tour blog (emphasis added): We met and listened in on the gossip of three Wittenberg women (dressed as Katie Luther, Barbara Kranach, and Ophelia). Barbara Kranach was a good friend and mentor of Katie Luther's, and Ophelia was a fictitious woman who brought much humor to the tour and helped link the 16th and 21st centuries for us. This lively gossip tour gave us an insight into what daily life was like for Katie and Barbara and other women in 16th-century Wittenberg, Germany.
Pestilence, War, Famine, and Duke: In years when there is a churchwide assembly, Synod Assembly season takes on a special urgency not unlike March Madness™. We feel that between now and August, the ELCA is on something like a quest to arrive at its own
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Final Four. With 65 Synods it can be hard to keep track of who (or what) is winning or losing. As public service for bracketologists everywhere, we present the Official Lutheran (True) Confessions "Road to Chicago, 2007" Brackets. Just fill in the names of the Synods you're watching and get ready to win that August Madness office pool. Don't forget to delcare your winnings on next year's income tax.
Memo to ELCA Secretary Lowell Almen: We hear that at the Sierra Pacific Synod Assembly, Bishop David Mullen, speaking from the podium in a business session, acknowledged the "clergy" status of Pr. Jeff Johnson who is not on the ELCA clergy roster.
Pr. Johnson is a perennial nominee for the "at-large" seat on the synod council, and each year a new clever maneuver is employed to prevent the assembly from electing Pr. Johnson to the Synod Council.
This year at the critical moment, it was observed that all the nominees for the at-large seat were "clergy" and that clergy were already over-represented on the Synod Council. Bishop Mullen agreed and the clergy nominees were disallowed. When Pr. Johnson asked if he would be eligible for a clergy position on the Synod Council in future years, the Bishop replied, "Jeff, you know exactly what is going on." We spoke with Pr. Johnson, and indeed, he does know exactly what is going on.
Ready to Come Out?: The Queer Lutheran Liberation Front (QLLF) seems to believe that LGBT Lutherans and their allies are ready to come out. This week QLLF launched the QLLF baseball cap, first item in its "Queer Lutheran" fashion collection. You're bound to see it at your synod assembly.
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