July 26, 2004

Dog Bites Dog

There was an an ordination in Minneapolis yesterday A new minister - who happens to be gay - was being ordained:

Swathed in a white robe with a rope cinched about his waist, Jay Wiesner stood in silence Sunday afternoon as parishioners clustered nearby, laying their hands on his shoulders while scores more stretched out their arms and hands in his direction.

In a bellowing voice, the ordaining minister queried the packed house about their commitment to the would-be pastor and in one voice, the crowd of more than 100 twice answered, "We will." Then with a resolute, "Amen. Thanks be to God," the audience ripped into an unbridled display of clamorous applause, joyous hollering, foot-stomping and fist-pumping.

Wow. This must be a unique occasion!
It was, after all, the Twin Cities' third ordination of an openly gay pastor from an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America congregation.
Leaving aside whether this is a good thing or not - and I personally think it's between a congregation and G-d, anyway - the question is why is this news? It's the third ELCA ordination of a gay minister!

It's not news anymore, is it?

Posted by Mitch at July 26, 2004 12:23 AM | TrackBack

Gay- it's always news. Especially to those in the redneck, white trash upper midwest.

Posted by: tim at July 26, 2004 01:16 AM

Seems to me the ELCAs are a few thousand short of the current Catholic priest numbers.

What? Oh, sorry. They said openly gay. I withdraw the comparison.

Posted by: Pogo at July 26, 2004 07:41 AM