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Montana Supreme Court Rules in Church Dispute

Mar 13
The Montana Supreme Court has ruled the property of a Lutheran church in Great Falls belongs to a few dozen members of the congregation who opposed the church’s 2010 split with its national denomination over the ordination of gay ministers.

Lutherans’ Missouri Synod Announces Scout Policy

By Jim Salter | Oct 8
The 2.3-million-member Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod is allowing its 6,200 individual congregations to decide for themselves whether to sponsor troops with the Boy Scouts of America.

Largest Lutheran Group Elects 1st Female Leader

Aug 15
The nation’s largest Lutheran group elected its first woman as presiding bishop on Wednesday.

Lutherans Welcome (Non-Celibate) Gay Clergy

By Kilian Melloy | Jul 28
Last August, the Lutheran Church voted to accept non-celibate, partnered gay and lesbian people of faith into the ranks of its clergy. Now the church is following through: seven gay and lesbian pastors were officially anointed in a July 25 ceremony in San Francisco.

Ind. Lutheran Church Votes to Leave Over Gay Issues

By Kilian Melloy | Jul 9
An Auburn, Indiana Lutheran church has decided to split from the mainstream faith rather than see committed gay and lesbian people of faith allowed to serve as clergy.

Largest Lutheran group reinstating 2 gay ministers

By Kate Brumback | May 5
A gay Atlanta pastor and his partner who have been at the center of a battle over the treatment of gay clergy by the nation’s largest Lutheran denomination are being reinstated to the denomination’s clergy roster, church officials announced Tuesday.

Lutherans seeing fallout over gay clergy issue

By Patrick Condon | Feb 25
Several hundred congregations are moving toward a permanent split with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America over the question of gay clergy.

New Lutheran body to form after gay pastor vote

By Patrick Condon | Nov 19
A decision by the country’s largest Lutheran denomination to allow gay pastors to serve as clergy is leading a conservative opposition group to try to form an alternate Lutheran church body.

Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox Churches ’Sad’ That Lutherans Embrace Marriage Equality

By Kilian Melloy | Oct 28
Catholic and Orthodox representatives have given voice to their "sadness" that Lutheran gay and lesbian families are being treated with equality by their faith.

Lutherans put off decision on split for 1 year

By Ken Kusmer | Sep 28
Conservative members of the nation’s largest Lutheran denomination say they will decide in a year whether to remain or split off after the church liberalized its stance on gay clergy.

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