The ceremony at St. Jeff R. Johnson, one of the seven gay pastors participating in the ceremony, said at a news conference just before it began. Since the church voted last summer to allow noncelibate gay clergy members to serve, congregations have taken the two consecutive votes required to leave the denomination, said Melissa Ramirez Cooper, a spokeswoman for the church, citing a tally that she said was updated monthly.
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Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
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Just a month after the nation's largest Lutheran denomination voted to accept non-celibate gay clergy, a backlash is taking shape in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America as some Minnesota congregations are considering plans to sever ties with the church. At the national assembly of the ELCA last month, delegates voted to allow gays and lesbians in committed relationships to serve as clergy, dropping a requirement that they be celibate. This weekend, about 1, members of a conservative group called Lutheran CORE are expected to meet in Indianapolis to discuss forming an alternative church fellowship.
Bradley Schmeling isn't going anywhere. With hugs and cheers, members of Atlanta's oldest Lutheran church celebrated Schmeling, the pastor who has been at the center of a denomination-wide battle over the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's treatment of gay clergy. The show of support came a day after the national assembly of the ELCA in Chicago urged bishops to refrain from defrocking gay and lesbian ministers who violate a celibacy rule, but fell short of permitting ordained gays churchwide. Schmeling called the vote a "crack in the dam" and told the more than people gathered in the sanctuary Sunday morning that the congregation had "given its gift" to the ELCA.