Is a vigil the same as worship? Is participating in an inter-faith assembly to acknowledge a tragedy an implicit endorsement of the assorted faiths of everyone else who attends?
Also, he's not the first - a Lutheran pastor who participated in a 9/11 memorial was also disciplined and refused to apologize, so they threw him out for a few years.Answer Question
Answer by RyansMom001 at 5:19 AM on Feb. 7, 2013
Answer by maecntpntz219 at 6:08 AM on Feb. 7, 2013
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Answer by sahmamax2 at 7:12 AM on Feb. 7, 2013
Maecntpntz is right. The Missouri Synod does not oversee all Lutheran Churches. They are but a single body, affiliated with the ILC, which is also just one of three larger affiliations of Lutheran Churches.
Here is a list of Lutheran Church bodies in North America. It's not like the Catholic church where everything revolves around the Pope. I was looking for the one our churches were affiliated with, but couldn't remember. I do recall my parents being upset when one of the churches we belonged to started playing more modern, less traditional, music. They decided it was because they joined the wrong flavor of Lutheran Church, and looked for one more like what they were used to in our previous town.
Answer by jsbenkert at 9:16 AM on Feb. 7, 2013
Anyway, it's ridiculous that that particular branch of the Lutheran Church would be upset that a minister participated in the vigil. I mean, it's not like it was a secular vigil . . . there were supplications to the same god, just different versions of him.
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