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  • The Organized Congregation – An Oxymoron? Part 2: Reader Responses
    Colleagues, Responses to ThTh 157 with its “musings and mutterings” about organized congregations –quite a number of them–have been coming in. I pass some on to you today, now and then with my comments to the response. There’s still more for a later posting. But–no surprise–responses are also coming in to last week’s item on homosexuality, ...
  • Homosexuality revisited
    Colleagues, This time a review of a book on homosexuality.I’ve been asked to discuss the topic–this very Thursday evening June 28–with a Lutheran congregation in suburban Chicago. Their last speaker was Stanton Jones, one of the two authors of this book. So for my input at the meeting this evening I’ve opted to do a review ...
  • Armenian Orthodox Church’s 1700th (sic!) anniversary plus other churchly tidbits
    Colleagues, Today’s ThTh posting offers you 4 separate items under the broad rubric of “Ecclesiology.” The most important one is the Armenian item, I think. Don’t stop until you have at least gotten to that one. My own education about Armenian Christianity came primarily through my friendship with an Armenian Orthodox priest, Khoren Habeshian, whom I ...
  • The Organized Congregation. An Oxymoron?
    Colleagues, The voters assembly of our congregation recently voted–with one “no” vote, I’m told (I wasn’t at the meeting)–to move ahead on a building project of nearly one million dollars to improve our physical plant. The goal is to make our building more user-friendly. That means for us who use it all the time (regular worshippers ...
  • Urban Ministry and the Historic Episcopate
    Dear Folks, Most of you know me from previous work on Thursday Theology and the Crossings website, though I haven’t been around much this year. I’ve been working on my PhD in Historical Theology at St. Louis University and trying to revitalize urban ministry in the Lutheran church in St. Louis.To that end I attended an ...
  • Pastor in a Country Church
    Colleagues, Today’s posting is a book review. It’s Richard Lischer’s book about his pastorate in a Lutheran country church not far from us in St. Louis. Such a rural congregation was the church of my childhood, 200 miles farther north on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River. So I connect to the story of New ...
  • The Call to Common Mission [CCM] – One More Time
    Colleagues, I’d (almost) taken a vow of silence on ever mentioning CCM again in ThTh after having done so several times in the past 2 years. My own take was, and still is, that unrestricted church-life between US Lutherans and Episcopalians was indeed a good/godly thing, but that the historic episcopate , now woven into the ...
  • The People of God in the Holy Land Today
    Colleagues, Tom Getman works in the Jerusalem office of “World Vision.” World Vision is one of the superstars in today’s world-wide Christian mercy ministries. Tom passed this on to some of us yesterday.Even so, Peace & Joy! Ed Schroeder Date: al Naqba Day – May 15, 2001 [Ed’s note: al Naqba, “the catastrophe” in Arabic, is the name Palestinians ...
  • Eucharistic Community: A Canadian Case Study
    Colleagues, Two weeks ago Marie and I were in British Columbia, Canada. Main reason was an invitation from ELCA people out in the northwest corner of the USA. They picked Victoria BC–“across the creek” from Seattle/Tacoma–as their conference venue and asked me to speak on the theme “Mission – Inside Out.” Pat Keifert was on the ...
  • Responses to ThTh 148:”Easter without Eucharist. Feast or Fast?”
    Colleagues, The ThTh posting just before Easter (148) reported the battle waged by one of you subscribers just to get the eucharist celebrated in 2 of the 4 Easter services at a big ELCA congregation in the upper midwest. No surprise, it elicited responses. Here are some of them.Peace & Joy! Ed Schroeder RESPONSES An ELCA pastor in FloridaThanks ...