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Lutherans vs. the lesbian.

More than 1,000 people crowded into a St. Paul, Minn., Lutheran church April 30 to witness the ordination of a lesbian pastor, in defiance of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Anita Hill, 49, had satisfied all the requirements for ordination in the ELCA. Yet even though she is in a committed relationship, a lesbian cannot be ordained under the denomination's laws. The ELCA ordains only those gay people who say they will abstain from sexual relationships. Bishop Paul Egertson of Southern California (West) ELCA Synod, the only sitting bishop in attendance, said before the service, "This is an exciting and positive hour for the church. We can't continue excluding a whole class of people from the ministry."

Hill's congregation, St. Paul-Reformation, now faces discipline from the St. Paul Area Synod bishop, Mark Hanson, as well as the synod council.
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Title Annotation:Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to discipline church that ordained lesbian pastor against its regulations
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jun 5, 2001
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