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St. Paul’s largest ELCA congregation chooses gay pastor

March 28, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

A gay pastor who made national headlines after being removed from the official clergy roster of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America for being in a same-sex relationship has been overwhelmingly approved as the new senior pastor of the denomination’s largest St. Paul church. Continue Reading

Operating earnings rise into record territory for Thrivent Financial for Lutherans

February 23, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Thrivent is a fraternal benefit organization, which annually donates an amount equivalent to at least what it would otherwise pay in corporate income taxes. Last year it donated nearly $175 million nationally to charities, schools, Lutheran congregations and individuals in need. Continue Reading

First female bishop in Minnesota elected by Minneapolis Lutherans

February 18, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Minneapolis-area Lutherans have elected the first female bishop in Minnesota to lead the nation’s largest Lutheran synod. A majority of about 700 Lutherans voted Saturday to install Ann Svennungsen as the new bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She is currently an interim college pastor at St. Olaf College in Northfield. Continue Reading

Missionary event to be Sunday in Emery

September 27, 2011 in The Daily Republic

EMERY The 58th annual Fall Rally of the Mitchell Zone Lutheran Women’s Missionary League will begin with registration at 1:15 p.m. and devotions at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 2, at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Clayton, 42652 272nd St., Emery. Continue Reading

A new face on Protestantism: Twin Cities synods make diversity a priority

April 25, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

For the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America — and other Protestant churches — more churches with different backgrounds and races are needed. But getting diverse people into the same church is often not that easy. Minnesota has the largest number of ELCA members of any state, with close to 800,000 baptized members. Nationwide, the ELCA has nearly 4.5 million members. Only about 3 percent are people of color.
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ELCA issues revised statement on genetics and faith

February 24, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America released today a proposed social statement, “Genetics, Faith and Responsibility,” revised some since a draft last year raised controversy among some members who said it rejected modern farming practices such as genetically-modified seed. Continue Reading

Hawley church votes to leave ELCA

September 20, 2010 in Worthington Daily Globe

HAWLEY – More than 70 percent of Hawley (Minn.) Lutheran Church members who took part in a Sunday vote backed cutting ties with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
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Minneapolis Lutheran pastor likely to keep job despite gay report

June 23, 2010 in INFORUM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) A Minneapolis Lutheran pastor could be back in his conservative church’s pulpit soon despite a gay magazine’s report that he attended a support group for men trying to control same-sex attractions.
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