Ministry and mission

An interview with Bradley Schmeling
In June, Bradley Schmeling was officially removed from the clergy roster of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America for being in a same-sex relationship. ELCA policy excludes from ordained ministry gays who are in a relationship. However, the parish that Schmeling has served for over six years, St. John’s Lutheran Church in Atlanta, has refused to relieve him of his pastoral duties, stating, “We have no mechanism, nor any desire for that matter, to ask a pastor who has 100 percent support from the congregation to leave the church.”

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