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  • For a Nation to Repent (Continued) #4
    Colleagues, I’ve been out of town for most of the week since the last posting. Four of the past 7 days were spent in Minnesota with 250 church-workers (most of them pastors) at the Fall Theological Conference of the Southwest Minnesota Synod of the ELCA. The topic was “Thinking Theologically about Sexuality.” You know what the ...
  • A Letter to President George W. Bush
    Colleagues, On Wednesday, the day before Yom Kippur 2001, I sent this e-message to President Bush apropos of national repentance.Peace and Joy! Ed Schroeder President George W Bush September 26, 2001 YOM KIPPUR FOR ALL AMERICANS — CHRISTIANS AND MUSLIMS TOO! Dear Mr. President, My email to you last week about national repentance was acknowledged by the White House Autoresponder. “Thank you ...
  • Terror and Repentance, Part II
    Colleagues, Today’s posting consists of responses from many of you to last week’s offering. The only words from me relate to what just transpired at our breakfast table this morning.First the bad news: On the radio we just heard that the US response planned for our enemies is now named “Infinite Justice.” The sheer blasphemy of ...
  • Coping with Terror–the Missing “R” Word
    Colleagues, It may be too soon to post this to you. Maybe it shouldn’t ever be posted at all. I’m not clear on this. So trepidation goes along with this posting. One “R” word–better, one “re-” word–has been missing in what I’ve heard from our leaders and media voices about the disasters of Sept. 11 so far. ...
  • Getting married in church
    Colleagues, In the ELCA folks are debating whether or not the church should “bless” same-sex unions. Some synods have urged that it be done. Our own congregation here in town has put the topic on the agenda for the Adult Education Forum during the month of September. On one of those Sundays I’ve been asked to ...
  • The Law’s So-called “Third Use”
    Hi Folks, Today’s Thursday Theology is in several sections. First is this quick intro by me and some painful news from Thelda Bertram with a prayer request. Next are Ed’s intro and historical background to Tim Hoyer’s discussions about the third use of the law and what the Bible says about the law’s purpose. Plenty of ...
  • 2001 Churchwide Assembly by Robin Morgan
    The evening before I left for Indianapolis to be a voting member at the ELCA Churchwide Assembly, I attended a block party on the street in front of the 100 year old house we’d moved into two weeks before. Flipping burgers on the grill was a woman named Irma who, along with her husband, own ...
  • The Mission Scene in Bali Today: Post-Denominational Church History 2001
    Colleagues, Two years ago at this time Marie and I were in Indonesia, serving as mission volunteers with an English Language Protestant congregation in Legian, suburb of Denpasar, the capital city of the island of Bali. Some Thursday Theologies of that era (ThTh 60 to ThTh 72) originated from that venue. One of our colleagues on ...
  • Empire-building infects us all
    Colleagues, Co-editor Robin Morgan is attending the national assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America these days in Indianapolis, Indiana. After only a few years on the ELCA clergy roster, she’s a voting delegate! Which is something I never achieved in all my decades on that roster in three different Lutheran denominations. Before she left ...
  • What Women Clergy Have Taught Me
    Colleagues, The text for today’s posting comes from Paul V. Marshall, Bishop of the Episcopal diocese of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Paul and I crossed paths during my first years of teaching at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis 30 years ago. Yes–tell it not in Gath–his primal roots are in the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod.If I remember ...