Gay clergy vote splits South Dakota Lutheran churches
At least seven congregations take steps to leave ELCA
East Lake Andes Lutheran Church is an eclectic, spiritually self-reliant congregation.
The 100 or so members from the farms and ranches near Armour and Parkston come from a variety of Protestant and Roman Catholic backgrounds, in addition to Lutheranism.
"It just kind of blended together into a community-type rural church," said Bill Van Gerpen, co-pastor and a Baptist.
Well, not all the community, I guess (emphasis below mine):
So when the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America's general assembly voted in August to allow sexually active gay clergy in committed, monogamous relationships to serve as pastors, members of East Lake Andes who opposed the move explored the idea of leaving the ELCA. In the process, they've found that their own spiritual tradition runs deeper than their ties to the ELCA.
Their own spiritual tradition. It sounds so innocuous, so respectful. But I find it a resistance to accepting people as they are -- not a very Christian point of view. Why do I feel this way when some interpret Scripture as clearly speaking against the LGBT? This comment to the story is my answer:
Im from the Aberdeen area and am a lesbian i walked away from ORGANIZED churchs because of bigotry. I am a lutheran and was insulted DURING MY DADS FUNERAL because of my lifestyle. There was about 300 people there and the minister singled me out during the sermon. It took all my respect for my father and mother not to punch him into next week. Now that it is going on 4 years i still have no ambition to go back to a hypocritical and bigoted type situation.... I dont broadcast my sexuality by no means but we all bleed red.