Monday, February 11, 2013

Ethiopian Church Severs Ties With Lutherans Over Homosexuality

(Feb 11, 2013, The Christian Post)--An Evangelical denomination in Ethiopia has recently announced that it is severing ties with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and it sister church, the Church of Sweden, because of its position regarding homosexuality in the church.

The denomination, known as the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus, also announced that it will not be affiliated with any churches "who have openly accepted same-sex marriage," and from this point onward may not accept Holy Communion from ELCA pastors, nor are they allowed to distribute Holy Communion to ELCA members.

Another stipulation of this severing is that any leaders affiliated with the ELCA will not be invited to speak at the Mekane Yesus church, nor may they accompany the church on spiritual minsters.

According to The Lutheran magazine, leaders of the Mekane Yesus church have vowed not to visit any ELCA dioceses or synods without permission from the head office of the Ethiopian church, effectively ending ties with Northwest Washington, Southwest California, Pacifica, LaCrosse Area and Southeastern, five ELCA synods which have connections to the African church. Read more from The Christian Post »

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