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DES PERES, Mo. (RNS) More than 100 Lutherans streamed into the basement classroom at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Des Peres recently for a Bible study called “Islam Through a Lutheran Lens.” It was a better-than-expected showing, and people carefully balanced their Styrofoam coffee cups as they rearranged extra folding chairs into rows to capture […] Read More

WASHINGTON (RNS) The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday (Jan. 11) unanimously threw its support behind a church school that fired a teacher, using a widely watched church-state case to bolster a legal doctrine that exempts religious institutions from some civil rights laws. Religious groups heralded the ruling as a firm assertion of religious freedom that […] Read More

(RNS) A list of the Episcopal Church’s 75 commissions, committees, agencies and boards spilled over eight PowerPoint slides during a recent presentation by its new chief operating officer, Bishop Stacy Sauls. By his count, there are also nearly 50 departments and offices in the church’s New York headquarters, and 46 committees in its legislative body, […] Read More

BERLIN (RNS) New guidelines issued by Germany’s largest Protestant body advised parishioners to not invest in companies that make hard liquor, while beer and wine producers are fine. The guidelines, issued by the Evangelical (Lutheran) Church in Germany, are meant to help investors invest their money wisely but morally in the wake of the financial […] Read More

(RNS) Members of the North American Lutheran Church (NALC) have elected an Ohio pastor as their new head bishop, making him the first non-provisional leader of the year-old denomination. The Rev. John Bradosky was elected Aug. 11 by 800 NALC members who met in Columbus, Ohio, to elect new leaders and conduct official church business […] Read More

MILWAUKEE (RNS) Recent news reports have thrust the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) into the middle of a presidential campaign. What has catapulted this relatively small Lutheran church body into the media spotlight is the fact that, until recently, presidential candidate Michele Bachmann held membership in a WELS congregation. As often happens in religious or […] Read More

WASHINGTON (RNS) The Lutheran denomination that GOP presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann quit in June sought to explain its belief that the papacy is the anti-Christ after reports questioned whether Bachmann is anti-Catholic. Six days before Bachmann officially launched her presidential campaign last month, the Minnesota Republican and her family verbally requested to leave Salem […] Read More

(RNS) For Living Faith Lutheran Church, the name change was as much about the future as the past. On Sunday (June 26) the Rockville, Md., congregation formally bid goodbye to its old name, Crusader Lutheran Church. “We’re not saying (Crusader) was a bad name,” said the Rev. Sandra Cox Shaw, the church’s pastor. But now, […] Read More

ST. LOUIS (RNS) Soon after his installation as the new president of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, the Rev. Matthew Harrison was studying the responsibilities of his office in the denomination’s constitution and bylaws. One paragraph jumped out at him. Under Section 3.3—“Elected Officers of the Synod”—he learned that the synod president `shall be a full-time […] Read More

ROME (RNS/ENInews) The president of the Lutheran World Federation is calling on Lutherans and Catholics to issue a common statement on Holy Communion to mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation in 2017. “Our intention is to arrive at 2017 with a common Roman Catholic-Lutheran declaration on Eucharistic hospitality,” Bishop Munib Younan told the […] Read More