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[Editor's note: Dr. James Nestingen sent the following letter on behalf of WordAlone's Theological Advisory Board to Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Bishop Mark Hanson earlier this summer over concerns that ordination candidates are covertly and overtly being turned away when they ask for exceptions to mandatory ordination by a bishop. The Theological Advisory Board is waiting for a reply.]
July 1, 2005
Dear Bishop Hanson:
In November of 2002 the Theological Advisory Board of the WordAlone Network forwarded to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America the “Admonition for the Sake of the True Peace and Unity of the Church.” Since then, the situation has been aggravated and the following issues have been called to our attention. Students in the process of applying for the ordination exception allowed for in ELCA Bylaw 7.31.17 reported disturbing problems in that process. For example,
These instances suggest that a pattern is developing whereby the exception clause would be rendered almost meaningless. This developing pattern stands in stark contrast to the affirmative answer given by an ELCA bishop to the Lutheran World Federation when asked whether the ELCA takes the exception clause seriously. The bishop’s answer bordered on deception.
By treating the process of application for exceptional ordination in this way, the bishops have turned the exceptions by-law, which they themselves proposed for the unity of the church, into a divisive and exclusionary procedure.
This situation impels us to ask whether the ELCA will give formal assurances that it will uphold the will of the churchwide assembly as expressed in the adopted constitutional bylaw. Further, will the ELCA communicate these assurances to all bishops, synod councils and candidacy committees?
We anticipate a response at your earliest convenience.
For the Theological Advisory Board
Theological Advisory Board members: