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Lutheran pastor chastised for participating in Sandy Hook prayer vigil...because it wasn't all-Lutheran

Pastor apologizes for role in prayer vigil after Connecticut massacre


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.

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Asked by NotPanicking at 12:23 AM on Feb. 7, 2013 in Religious Debate

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  • Oh for CRYING. OUT. LOUD.

    Answer by FreeForAll at 12:26 AM on Feb. 7, 2013

  • Which church does God go to?

    Answer by PartyGalAnne at 1:02 AM on Feb. 7, 2013

  • Stupid s**t like that is what makes a lot of people,who consider themselves spiritual or even Christian, walk away from organized religion. To say that someone, anyone, couldn't have participated in a prayer vigil to support grieving families after a tragedy like the one that happened in Connecticut is absurd and insane, and I bet God is shaking his head in disgust like I am.

    But it's not a Lutheran problem; it's a "my group is better than yours" problem, and it exists in some form in all religions, races, countries, schools, and any other social configurations involving human beings.

    Answer by Ballad at 1:48 AM on Feb. 7, 2013

  • some things overstep the stupid rules of man...this would be a very obvious one. stupid actions like this would make me search for another denomination.

    Answer by okmanders at 12:43 AM on Feb. 7, 2013

  • PS our church and pastors so many mission trips to 3rd world country to volunteer at places like children's hospitals and battered women's shelters. While they do prayers there, they dont try to convert anyone and help any and everyone they can without question of religious affiliation. Same goes for any prayer vigils, etc. they attend or host. The church in question is what has issues, not the religion/demonimation.

    Answer by maecntpntz219 at 12:50 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.


    Answer by jsbenkert at 9:17 AM on Feb. 7, 2013

  • That's just ridiculous!

    Answer by PMSMom10 at 12:31 AM on Feb. 7, 2013

  • I am not Lutheran so I have nothing to say concerning his faith or the rules he is to live by.

    Anywhere that prayers are said is worship. Obviously public worship is any time you are praying alone ot with a group publicly.

    The worship service or mass is not the same.

    Answer by Dardenella at 12:35 AM on Feb. 7, 2013

  • I was baptized and raised Lutheran and we still attend a Lutheran church where my son attends preschool. I've never heard of anything so asinine. This is not the norm for Lutherans.

    Answer by maecntpntz219 at 12:40 AM on Feb. 7, 2013

  • Some people will always find fault with anything. This doesn't sound like any Luthern church I've ever known, and I know a lot of practicing Lutherns.

    Answer by RyansMom001 at 5:19 AM on Feb. 7, 2013

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