Todd White Event Co-Sponsoring Church Belongs to a Denomination That’s in Full Communion with Gay Pastor and Marriage Affirming Denomination

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Summary

A Todd White Power and Love event is co-sponsored by a church that belongs to a denomination that’s in full communion with a denomination that affirms gay pastors and gay marriage.

Explained

1.Community Reformed Church in Zeeland, Michigan is named as a co-sponsoring church of a Power & Love event held in Walker, Michigan on June 13-16, 2018.
http://powerandlove.org/mi2018./ (Click the School Info tab.)

2.Community Reformed Church belongs to The Reformed Church in America
http://about.rca.org/churches/community-reformed-church397
http://communityreformed.org/

3.The Reformed Church in America is in “full communion” with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

https://www.rca.org/rca-basics/ecumenical-partners/formula-agreement

“A Formula of Agreement is a historic measure designed to heal the rift between the largest branch of the Lutheran church and several Reformed denominations. The document declares that a “full communion” exists between the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and three churches of the Reformed tradition–the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., the United Church of Christ, and the Reformed Church in America.”

“Rather, the four agree to recognize the validity of each other’s baptism, encourage the sharing of Holy Communion, and permit ministers from one denomination to serve in the other denominations. The pivotal concept in developing the Formula was that while differences between faith traditions must be acknowledged, even to the point of failing to reconcile, these differences are not church dividing so long as “the core traditions of the churches belong together within the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church”

4.The ELCA Allows Gay Pastors
http://www.startribune.com/elca-votes-to-allow-gay-pastors/53859967/

In a historic change, non celibate gays and lesbians can now lead parishes of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).

On a 559-451 vote taken Friday in Minneapolis at their biennial conference, delegates repealed the ELCA ban on gay clergy unless they agree to remain celibate. It makes ELCA, with 4.8 million members nationwide and 830,000 in Minnesota, the largest denomination in the country to welcome gays into the pulpits without restriction.

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