From Seminary President Michael Cooper-White: On Heresy and Humility

The president of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, Reverend Doctor Michael Cooper-White, recently wrote a short piece on the recent conflict within the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America regarding human sexuality:

When teaching about conflict, I advise folks to expect some rhetorical excesses when individuals or communities are anxious and engaged in a heavy duty struggle. So while it’s no surprise that some things appearing in speeches and print following the 2009 ELCA Churchwide Assembly are “over the top,” I would feel remiss without challenging one of the most blatant—the accusation that by its decisions in adopting a social statement on human sexuality and changing ministry policies the Evangelical Lutheran Church has “fallen into heresy.”


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