Thursday, August 22, 2013
Meanwhile, elsewhere in Pittsburgh
So, pushing the limits, he presided at a "revisionist" liturgy in which everything was gender neutral (including God) and every aspect of maleness was excised -- including the Old Testament reading from Isaiah 56:3-8 in which “eunuchs who keep my Sabbath” are said to be better than sons or daughters. Not sure how that one fits. Not even the prayer our Savior taught us to pray was exempt from the funny business. Father and Mother of us all.... What makes it worse is that the display was an amateur liturgical endeavor with truncated and ill sounding attempts to make neutral every reference to maleness, especially in the references to God.
Just goes to show you... you get slightly hopeful because a candidate for Presiding Bishop says she wants the ELCA to be more distinctively Lutheran and then you hear of this kind of thing going on by someone who also carries the title Bishop... When it comes to the ELCA it is hard to say hope springs eternal... at least not when somebody jumps up to smash it down every time it chances to raise up a shoot from the rather dead stump of what still has the distinction to be called the largest Lutheran (?) body in the USA... Too much pink smoke over Pittsburgh...
You can read an account of it all here. . .