Mark Hanson, bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will be the keynote speaker at the biennial conference of Lutherans Concerned-North America (LC/NA), July 6-10, 2012 in Washington, DC. According to LC/NA, Bishop Hanson will be the first presiding bishop of any denomination to be their keynote speaker. The LC/NA was a powerful partner in influencing the ELCA in 2009 to accept practicing homosexuals onto its clergy roster, and it continues to help shape ELCA policy to accept and promote the homosexual lifestyle in its congregations as well as in society at large. Once again, Bishop Hanson will place his stamp of approval on the ELCA’s sanctioning of sin and acceptance of sexual perversion as a normative lifestyle.
According to LC/NA’s promotional for this event, Bible studies for the event will be conducted by ELCA pastor, Nadia Bolz Weber, a leading voice in the emergent church movement, “who has probably done more than any other pastor in recent times to poke therapeutic fun at the misdemeanors and flaws of overly churched Christianity and Christians.” Nadia Bolz-Weber is known also for salty language from both her pen and her pulpit. She is the founding pastor of House for all Sinners and Saints, Denver, CO.
A featured event at the July LC/NA gathering will be the presentation of the James Siefkes award to a person or persons who have made significant contribution to advancing the cause of Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transsexual Lutherans. Bishop Herbert Chilstrom and his wife Corrine were among the most recent recipients of the Siefkes award.