Breakaway Lutherans Vote on New Denomination Tomorrow
Congregations that voted to leave the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America over the issue of non celibate homosexual clergy are meeting in Columbus, Ohio.
The breakaway congregations are expected to establish a new Lutheran denomination tomorrow. In The Virginia Synod of the ELCA three congregations voted to leave.
Mauney: We have stories in our synod of times where, for the sake of people's beliefs, they have pulled away but, then return again. So, we have learned enough to keep one another in prayers. We are open in fellowship to them and we want the best as they discern how to be as faithful as they can be.
The Rev. James Mauney, Bishop of the Synod, explained that the property disputes that confronted the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia are no an issue in the ELCA.
Mauney: We don't own the property like the diocese does. Each congregation does have its property, but, basically, we would not be facing, congregation to congregation, the same issues that the Episcopal church does.