Minneapolis Lutherans poised to elect new bishop

  • Article by: ROSE FRENCH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 8, 2012 - 9:38 PM

18 candidates represent most diverse pool ever in Minnesota.

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csjohnFeb. 9, 12 7:00 AM

A great and impressive slate. But there will only be one new Bishop. My hope for all the members that they put aside their disappointment and stand thankfully behind whoever is chosen. Voiced disappointment is always ugly and especially destructive in the church, any church.

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paulhansen1Feb. 9, 12 7:32 AM

@csjohn - Couldn't disagree MORE!

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stavangerFeb. 9, 12 7:50 AM

"I would like to be chosen"...Where is the doctrine of the call here? All I see in this article is a corporate growth model. No reason for the season.

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ivaro3Feb. 9, 12 7:54 AM

Well, duh, the world is diverse and that's how it is. At this point, it needn't be a huge deal that there are women and people who aren't caucasian running for the position of bishop. Come on, let's grow up Star Tribune, and not make such a huge deal about it. The church shouldn't need to strive for diversity. It already is, and that is how God made it.

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my4centsFeb. 9, 12 8:41 AM

I agree with stavanger. While the doctrine of the call may be difficult to determine, it is certainly a better ideal to shoot for. For a church that promotes ministry as a calling, and speaks about pastors being called to a particular church, it looks like even it's pastors don't really believe the rhetoric. How can this many be called? The ELCA has made the mistake of determining a call through a majority vote - and for this position that vote is taken from a group of people who don't even know them. Of course, they've been running the denomination according to a majority vote ever since it's beginning. As a result, while the US population continues to grow, membership in the ELCA has steadily declined. The denomination was formed in 1987 with 5.3 million members and is likely under 4 million now (last official number was 4.3 million in 2010). This is an organization that is run according to human wisdom. That may be the best we can expect from government, but a church ought to depend on a higher power.

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SigfriedFeb. 9, 12 8:52 AM

My guess is that among the external diversity there is an internal unity of liberal theology, as left as left can be. The winner will be the one that worked hardest to support the ELCA's apostacy at their 2009 convention. It is unlikely that any one of them would give an affirmative answer to any of these questions. 1) Do you teach there is a heaven and a hell? 2) Do you believe that Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven? 3) Do you believe in the Virgin Birth of Christ? 4) Do you believe in the infallibility of Scripture?

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masterpoFeb. 9, 12 9:06 AM

Is it more important to elect a Bishop on the grounds of diversity or should the best qualified be elected? Didn't we learn anything from the 2008 presidential race?

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carlson32Feb. 9, 12 9:36 AM

Little Biblical base of belief, focus on love not redemption and salvation, promoting social justice over the truth that is in Christ. The ELCA is the Ex-Lutheran Church of America. Martin Luther would not approve...

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leekantenFeb. 9, 1210:17 AM

Wow, an astonishing amount of bile and pent up political flame in these comments.

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my4centsFeb. 9, 1211:13 AM

leekanten - Just being honest about how this church has evolved. Do you really think it's "bile" to point out problems with how a church operates? Do you not see that there might be more than diversity problems when a church continues to shrink in size?

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