Lately pastors in my synod have taken to handing over correspondence between their church, themselves and the bishop and spreading their version of confidential meetings with the bishop all over the internet. This is because they believe they are victims of our big bad bully of a bishop, Steven Ullestad. Here is what I'm talking about. Bishop Suspends Zions Pastors
Rather odd that these are the same group that want to restore LAW to it's rightful place and tone down all the grace stuff. Except of course when THEY are the ones who are being asked to JUST FOLLOW THE DAMNED RULES already.
If you are an ELCA pastor, you can't serve another denomination without permission. That includes LCMC and NALC. "But but but!" They stutter. "Nobody worried about the rules when there were gay pastors not following Visions and Expectations.
Well actually, there were. Quite a few pastors and churches were disciplined. And I know that the bishop who is doing the disciplining now, WOULD have been disciplined pastors and congregations had he occasion to in his synod. I have heard him say he thought bishops who did not should have. But he respected the reasoning of those who did not.
I just think it is unseemly to be sending letters the bishop wrote to YOU PERSONALLY to newspapers. But of course that is the way of this reality TV culture. Invite everyone into your business to make judgments and take sides without a) having all the facts b) any right whatsoever to make a judgment on the matter.
Anyway I trust our bishop. And feel really bad he has to put up with this crap. And am very proud that he is taking the high road and not engaging on the same level.
And if these are the kinds of people who are leaving the ELCA -- sorry but good riddance.