Newly elected ELCA bishops might be expected to address this existential crisis with fresh eyes and energy. But a recent Religion Service News interview , capably conducted by Emily McFarlan Miller, with six new women bishops shows no such interest. Instead, they seem determined to double down on the heterodox theology and political activism that have been so destructive for the ELCA and other Mainline Protestant denominations. Several bishops cited immigration as an advocacy issue.
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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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According to the Lutheran World Federation, there are approximately 74 million Lutherans in 98 countries worldwide. The origins of the Lutheran denomination trace back to the 16th century and the reforms of Martin Luther , a German friar in the Augustinian order and professor who has been called the "Father of the Reformation. Luther began his protest in over the Roman Catholic Church 's use of indulgences but later clashed with the Pope over the doctrine of justification by faith alone. Initially, Luther wanted to debate Catholic authorities over reform, but their differences were irreconcilable.