Leaders of the country's largest Lutheran denomination have agreed to disagree on homosexuality, endorsing an official statement on human sexuality that says there's room in the church for differing views on an issue that's divided other religious groups.
Delegates to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's nationwide assembly in Minneapolis on Wednesday approved a "social statement on human sexuality." The vote was a prelude to a bigger debate Friday, when delegates will tackle a proposal that would allow individual ELCA congregations to hire people in committed same-sex relationships as clergy.The meeting was, um, interrupted by ... a tornado:
Wednesday's debate was interrupted briefly in the afternoon when severe storms and a possible tornado passed through downtown Minneapolis, damaging the steeple of an ELCA church across the street from the convention center. Delegates were allowed to remain in the convention hall, but a few jokes about God's wrath proved inevitable.
"We trust that the weather is not a commentary on our work," said the Rev. Steven Loy, who was helping oversee the convention.
To be clear, it was not a "possible tornado," it was an actual tornado. Local blogger Orate Fratres has pictures of the toppled steeple , and describes the event as one of those "things that make you go hmmm..."
I mean, I don't remember the Council of Trent being plagued by local meteorological disasters.