Monday, February 22, 2010

Anita Hill Approved for Ordained Ministry

Shrimp here.

Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries reports that Anita Hill, whose "extraordinary ordination" in 2001 helped kick off the process that led to the 2009 ELCA Churchwide Assembly's approval of a social statement on human sexuality and adjusting the standards for rostered ministry to permit the service of those in publicly accountable, lifelong, monogamous same sex relationships, has been approved for admission to the ELCA clergy roster by the St. Paul Area Synod:
The St. Paul Area Synod of the ELCA has approved Rev. Anita Hill for reception to the ELCA roster.

In communicating their decision, the panel wrote: "At the recommendation of the panel that met with you on February 2, 2010, it was moved by Marty Ericson and carried that Anita Hill be received onto the roster of the ELCA for ordained pastors pending the implementation of the Vision and Expectations policy changes approved at the ELCA Churchwide Assembly in August 2009."

The committee shared the following words with their decision: "Recognizing the intentional, prayerful, parallel process of the Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries candidacy process, as well as your ministry partnership within the life of our synod, the Saint Paul Area Synod Candidacy Committee celebrates with you as you anticipate being received onto the roster."
Read it all here. Shrimp notes that the phrase used is "received onto the roster," suggesting that the Synod Candidacy Committee desires that her ordination be recognized as being like that of any other Lutheran church ordination.

Tip o' the claw to Lutheran (True) Confessions.

Shrimp out.


Eric Jonas Swensson: said...

I think she should have a press conference on a ship with a big banner reading "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED" in the background. What say you?

Anonymous said...

Considering she has been ministering to the needs of her congregation for the last 9 years I think she has earned her acceptance. Though I'm willing to bet most here will disagree.

Anonymous said...

Sad,but really who can be surprised. As Eric says, "Mission Accomplished" for those seeking such things. Of course it was accomplished long before this action. CWA 2009 was the ticket.

I am reminded of one Scripture verse which speaks to this very well. "And Jesus wept."

Peace in the Lord Jesus Christ!
Rob Buechler, Pastor
Trinity-Bergen Lutheran Church

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