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  •  Yes, I am happy (6+ / 0-)

    with what I have seen of the ELCA. The church that my husband was raised in (and that his parents still attend) has long had female pastors. There is absolutely no preaching against gays and no hellfire or other silliness. They are very focused on charity, too, and not just for the "right" people. It's a lovely community.

    My MIL is from Wisconsin, and was raised very much in the Norwegian Lutheran social justice mold. That's what it is all about for her, and she devotes much of her time and money to helping those in need. (She's also a former teacher, lifelong Democrat, union supporter, someone who is solidly upper middle class but thinks she needs to pay MORE taxes to support education, SS, etc.). Her whole family is the same way, and they would have been a little shocked if I had accidentally picked a Missouri Synod church for our wedding! They fully understand the bit about "there but for the grace of God go I", and take very seriously their obligation towards the less fortunate.

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